Parts of the meal were gifts. The dried cranberries and walnuts were from Gavin and Jessica, from back when we hosted a fourth of July party. The wine, a Hermann J. Wiemer Johannisberg Riesling from the Finger Lakes, was a gift from saffronjan and company (it was a tasty, well-rounded, somewhat dry, faintly flowery wine).
Some of it was last minute addition. At the grocery store this evening, it occurred to me that a good meal needs a strong finish, and so, on whim, I added a chocolate fudge cake to my basket. Since the grocery store had no juniper berries for sale, the sauce was at the mercy of what we had in the house. I made a Joy of Cooking recipe variant, a cranberry-and-sage sauce which balanced the strength of the meat's taste nicely.