Boneless chicken thighs, sautéed in an olive oil, fresh sage, shallots, sake, mustard, honey, sea salt and chili powder reduction.

Fresh carrots, roasted with olive oil, sea salt, shallots, raisins & cumin

Syracuse salt potatoes: boiled in highly salted water (they become creamy inside!) Then tossed in a garlic/sage butter sauce.

Cross-cultural melange: duet (Ms Q made the carrots & potatoes, husband handled the chicken). Dinner was highly flavored, but the muscled cabernet sauvignon was up for the task!