In the Bitterroot…

Triple Creek Ranch in Darby, Montana is now on my very short list of most amazing places in the world.

On a recent visit with friends, I spent the week in cowboy boots, flannel shirts and my very first authentic cowboy hat.  Allow me to introduce you to Echo- the sweetest horse who helped turn me into a bonafide cowgirl.

After long days of horseback riding and wrangling in the cattle (yes, I did that too!) it was back to the ranch for world-class contemporary cuisine at Triple Creek Restaurant.  And since the sun doesn’t go down until about 10PM in Big Sky Country, we were surrounded with stunning views of the Bitterroot Mountains all through dinner.

On our last night, we experienced the ultimate indulgence: dinner at the private Chef’s Table right in the kitchen!  Led by Executive Chef, Jacob Leatherman, he and and his phenomenal culinary team created a seven-course tasting menu and wine pairing just for us.  The best part?  I got to wander around the kitchen and hang with all the chefs while they were preparing my dinner!


First up was a Smoked Duck Breast with Lentils, Fresh Peas and a Lemon Basil Aioli. Paired with Honig, Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley, CA 2008

Second course was a Cream of Tomato Soup with a Pan Seared Scallop.  Paired with Duval Leroy, Brut, Vertus, France, NV.

Then I wandered around a bit and started taking photos.  Look at the focus – that’s cooking with love!

For the third course, a Crispy Pork Torchon with a Creole Remoulade and Red Pepper Salad.  Paired with Bergstrom, Pinot Noir, “Cumberland Reserve”, Dundee Hills, OR 2008

Fourth course was an Atlantic Halibut Filet with a Lemon Verbena Crust, Apple Bacon Salad with Scallion Oil and Carrot Veloute.  Paired with Miner Family, Chardonnay, Napa Valley, CA 2009

A little Intermezzo of Kiwi Sorbet to cleanse the palette…

…for the 6th course: Broken Arrow Ranch Venison with Currant Braised Cabbage, Anson Mills Grits and a Spiced Port Wine Sauce.  Paired with E. Guigal, Gigondas, Rhone Valley, France 2007

The finale:  Tropical Gateaux of Fruit Mousse with Almond Joconde and Golden Kiwi.  Paired with Lilly Pilly, Riverina Region, Australia, 2006

That was almost too pretty to eat… almost. 😉

And here’s the ridiculous smirk I get after 6+ very generous wine pourings.


2 Responses to In the Bitterroot…

  1. Crystal Legere says:

    In one word all I can say is AMAZING. Thank you for sharing this wonderful experience. Your trip to the ranch seemed to be filled with some fun and exciting outdoor time and from what your pictures show a fantastic dinner. The food was not only plated beautifully but looked delicious. Now if I could only learn to cook like that and talk a 5 and 7 year old into trying it. Love the picture of you relaxing and enjoying your wine. Beautiful as always! Looking forward to more recipes on your blog. Take care!

  2. Nikki Leigh says:
    You are not only an amazing actress, but it’s clear just how much you embrace life! Love you on Y&R! After watching one of your cooking videos, I’m wondering why you’re not on the Food Network!? Take care, beautiful Jessica!

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