It was 26°F and the smell of snow filled the air. Sunday, December 8th was a day of tradition. Sandie and William were hosting their annual “Christmas Cookie Time in the Country” and we didn’t have plans for the early part of the day. We decided to pair necessity with opportunity and take a slow route with a late breakfast at UNCLE JAY’S TWISTED FORK. We don’t have a tradition of visiting with Uncle Jay, but we could be starting something soon. The experience was that good.
The Twisted Fork Bistro is a farm to fork establishment who proudly notifies customers on page one of their menu of the excitement to follow:
We are a true Bistro. Our menus change as the seasons do. We are a farm to fork establishment and we source almost all of our products locally. We are a from scratch/cooked to order restaurant and have very high standards using only fresh ingredients. YES, IT TAKES LONGER TO CREATE, as we individually prepare each dish, your patience will be rewarded.
When we see something like this proudly noted in a menu, we do not see WARNING! We see GOODNESS! The idea that there will be care and love placed into our meal is always reassuring, and as usual, presents a much more entertaining experience for our eyes and a new blossoming to our taste-buds.
Uncle Jay’s is a place that isn’t fancy; there’s no valet, no dress requirements, no code of this and that. They do, however, have a dirt parking lot and it was filled when we arrived. We were promptly greeted by the host and seated at one of two remaining open tables and our waitress set us up quickly with steaming hot cups of coffee to enjoy while we scrutinized the menu. Lately, I’ve been very unwilling to step off of the list of daily specials. This unwillingness was encouraged by this weekend’s offerings. Uncle Jay’s Twisted Fork (and slightly twisted mind) had a heart warming option for the little boy inside me.
For our breakfast we enjoyed the following:
Rudolph’s Poop Omelette (burger bites, sauteed onion and cheese $8.99) Shown above at the top of this post. With a name that could easily denote bad things, the flavors and presentation made me really happy about eating poop! The craftsmanship required to prepare the burger bites and prep the entire presentation was really thoughtful and now we have the proud privilege of saying that we’ve eaten Rudolph’s waste. Doesn’t everyone on the earth want this notoriety? You do – don’t kid yourself.
Irish Skillet (mashed, spinach, corned beef 2 poached and our hollandaise $10.99) Shown here and eaten mostly by Spencer, was quite the impressive blend of individual flavors. The corned beef, spinach, eggs and hollandaise maintained flavor integrity. I had two bites and each was different. A delicious medley of flavors with each bite dancing a different rhythm. The poached eggs rivaled the best of the best. Still running their own race around the maze of other ingredients.
The entire experience was cozy and we were constantly entertained by this vignette to our right, especially the wreath hung between the windows. Below it was Santa’s chair for his Saturday visits. It’s so overwhelming to think that I was eating Rudolph’s poo-poos just four feet from Santa’s chair. Whew!! We both agreed that we can’t wait to return for dinner on a Friday or a Saturday.
Our holiday spirit continued to rise in the next leg of our journey.
The annual “Christmas Cookie Time in the Country” event dozens of friends and family and dozens of dozens of cookies to share! To top it all off Sandie presents a cruise ship caliber buffet. Roast Beef that was fork tender and seasoned to perfection and broccoli with roasted garlic. There was a spicy bacon and cheddar mac and cheese that left the scaredy-cats and some kids disappointed as a result of our selective hearing. “Mac and Cheese? Where’s the Mac and Cheese?!?” My fork-lickin’ spice queen Spencer warned that the dish would be a bit too intense for me. I steered clear, but let me tell you…there was a whole tray scraped clean and another that was on its way to the tracks of food love!
The Cookie Time starts with the very first minute of arrival and ends with the hostess standing with hands on hips at the door wishing Merriment and demanding cookie-filled containers for departure. It was a hard offer to resist. With everything from (my sugar-free) pizzelles to snickerdoodles, to recipes with odd ingredients (William and his mum concocted cookies featuring bacon and Chinese noodles, respectively), all the standards and show-stoppers were represented. Sandie’s Mom and Dad saved containers from veggies and other takeout scenarios for all of us to bring home more cookies than we initially brought. Spencer and I took home, with permission, nearly a shoebox of roast beef and broccoli. Steak and Eggs is on the menu, soon!
We honored the old, brought in the new, and collected some memories on the way. Thanks again, friends!