Guest Post: Justin Sloane
On a recent trip to Montreal I had the pleasure of dining at Au Pied de Cochon restaurant. The name translates as “the pig’s foot” from French—accurately suggesting that the menu is more or less dedicated to handsome slabs of meat. Between 3 people, the following dishes and appetizers were consumed: Foie Gras Cromesquis, Tarragon Bison Tongue, Duck Magret in Mushroom Sauce, Hog’s feet in Maple Syrup and Cheese Mashed Potatoes, Skate in Butter with Cauliflower and Mushrooms.
I had the Skate, it was easily the most decadent meal I have had in years. Cooked to perfection, falling apart in a bath of butter soft cauliflower, mushrooms and green onions. Meat and vegetables cooked in butter is a combination that is so simple and perfect that it will never go away.
Dinner Pairing: The song that first came to mind was George Gershwin’s “Summertime,” which seems to remain a buttery classic in its own right. Summertime is recognized as one of the most covered songs in the history of recorded music, with over 33,000 versions in existence. My favorite though, is this version by Nina Simone.