I want to tell you that I have eaten all over the world, I really have. And I cannot tell you I had a better meal than I had at Chez–that’s spelled C-H-E-Z — Richard. Richard is my grandchild’s husband, and he is a modest cook, but very talented.
We had the BEST yams and the marshmallows that came with the yams were exceptional. I don’t know what he did, he won’t tell me, because that’s a famous family secret.
However, if you wish to be lucky enough to share a meal that Richard has cooked, put your name on the list, and 20 years from now we’ll get around to you!
If you’re lucky enough to eat Chez Richard, one of his specialties is pomegranates, persimmon and kale salad. This is his invention, and it’s going down in the Who’s Who of cuisines of the United States. I loved seeding the pomegranates for the salad. It took me two days! Pomegranate peeling is a specialized field: you need a grandmother over 90 years old to peel the pomegranates. You’ve got to be careful and don’t eat the seeds, because they’re for the salad. We’re very lucky, they were very sweet and I didn’t indulge, much.
The lasagna was so good I have nothing to say about it.
The dessert was phenomenal, an organic apple compote with a graham cracker crust, all from scratch. This also is a family secret, and on top you have whipped cream and zabaglione, which is an Iitalian custard. If you are lucky enough to have that, you’ve made it, you don’t have to go to Italy, you can go to Chez Richard. I predict he will be opening his place in Bel Air in two years–or a mariscos truck in front of the Duomo in Milano.
Finally, to all of you, my thanksgiving wish is that you should only enjoy a meal such as mine with your families, and good health and good cheer. I’ll see you again next meal, not too far away from now!
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