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December 28, 2009

Today I am writing to you from the heart of rural Pennsylvania.  I am three hours from Philadelphia, three hours from Pittsburgh and three hours from Baltimore.  It makes being three hours from Boston, Manhattan and Montreal seem very cosmopolitan indeed.

Hopefully I will get a lot of writing done in the quiet of my in-laws farm, but somehow other things always seem to get in the way.

Last night it was catching up with my father-in-law over a few Scotches.  Today we will go foraging for a good butcher to pick up some meat, and locate a state store to see if they have my favorite sparkling wine.

But while I was on the road yesterday, I received a text about a food article in Sunday’s Times-Union that I want to discuss.  Did you see it?  It’s their write-up on the Top 10 dishes from 2009

Here is what they say:
Top-shelf ingredients, surprising combinations and perfection in execution combine to make a dish memorable, and our favorite dishes from 2009 have those qualities.

I’m not so sure about all that.  But all the same, there are three on the list that I am excited to try in the future.

Duck confit firecrackers at Dale Miller
I have been hearing about these since the restaurant opened with much fanfare this year.  As a relatively new transplant to town, I have never tried chef Miller’s other area ventures, but I am aware of his long history in the region.  Of all the dishes in the top 10, this one seems the most likely to live up to the hype.

Eggplant Parmesan at Katrinella’s Bistro
Even thought it would seem that Celina Ottaway and I have completely different palates, her review put this restaurant on the top of my need-to-try list.  I feel compelled to experience what she describes as possibly the best marinara sauce in town.  Although I do have reservations about battered eggplant, I am willing to give them the benefit of the doubt.

Coffee toffee pie at Jake Moon
I had a lousy meal at Jake Moon.  Not average.  Not mediocre.  It was bad.  But ever since I first read about the place, I had very high hopes.  And I truly believe that my first experience was an aberration.  It was after all Father’s Day, and the restaurant seemed completely overwhelmed.  And while this dessert might not have been on my radar, it may be what gets me back into the joint to give it a second try.

I am curious to hear your fussy comments about the rest of the list.  Surely we are all glad to see that calamari didn’t make the top ten.  It feels like at the very least, we’ve turned a corner.

The profussor is on vacation, so I’m in a good mood.
Just don’t get used to it.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. December 28, 2009 11:32 am

    Katrinella’s sauce rivals my Italian mother’s!

  2. llcwine permalink
    December 29, 2009 9:32 am

    the duck confit firecrackers are everything you read about them and more….can’t get enough of them.

  3. Sarah M. permalink
    December 31, 2009 11:11 am

    I guess substituting mozzarella in your baked brie is kind of interesting, in the sense that foods looking like other foods (hamburger cake) is interesting.

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