Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Mom and I ordered my usual: the sauteed chicken breast with artichokes, mushrooms, tomatoes, and herb risotto with marsala wine sauce. SP ordered his usual mussels. And dad ordered the Short Ribs:
Mom loved her chicken dish. I figured she would since she's a huge fan of artichokes and mushrooms.
We decided to share 2 desserts. One was a chocolate cake with strawberry whipped cream filling:
Park Bruges was a big hit with my parents. My dad especially seemed to enjoy his short ribs, the frites, and the apple tart. We all left having eaten way too much delicious food, but SP & I were happy that my parents enjoyed it so much.
Still one of our favorite places, even if we only get there every 6 months or so!
Monday, April 28, 2014
The Library. It's a place that has interested us, maybe because we both like reading books, maybe the 'cute' literary themed menu, who knows. We lucked out and found a parking space directly in front. Sadly, that's as 'lucky' as it got.
Thursday, April 24, 2014
5. I was so preoccupied with getting ready for my parents and then them being here that I didn't pick up a library book to read until it was past due. A week past due. I thought it was a 3 week book but turns out it was a 7 day book. Oops. Between the lateness on that book and on The Goldfinch (1 day late), I owed $1.05. I always feel so incredibly guilty when I keep a book past due and owe money.
6. The book I didn't realize was a 7 day book was Steeped in Evil, the latest tea shop mystery by Laura Childs. I always enjoy these books, quick reads, not too deep, light and fun. Good thing, too - I realized on Easter it was already a week past due so I spent Monday afternoon and evening reading it so SP could return it on Tuesday.
7. As usual I am very happy to be going in for my 'every 7 weeks color the gray' appointment this weekend. It also means we'll be driving right past Portman's and I'm pretty darn sure it's ham salad weekend!
8. I think SP might have to mow this weekend. Last weekend he got the lawnmower ready for mowing season (oil, filter, etc.). He also got the garden soil prepared. Garden frog is ready for some plants and some warmer, sunnier weather:
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
We ate a lot of food when they were here. For Easter dessert, we decided to make a cheesecake. Both mom & dad like cheesecake a lot. So do we, but we don't make it just for the 2 of us. We need guests to help eat it!
Last summer we made a cheesecake following a recipe from our Williams Sonoma Baking Book. So I got out the book and looked up the cheesecake recipe and told SP to buy 2 packages of cream cheese. Saturday afternoon we went to make the cheesecake but when I opened the book and found the cheesecake recipe, it called for 32 ounces of cream cheese. That's 4 packages. I was confused. SP was annoyed. How did I screw this up?
So off he went to the store to buy more cream cheese, muttering that I can't do math and he should have just bought the cream cheese at Costco after all. The whole thing seemed strange to me, something was nagging at me, but I couldn't quite put my finger on it. I briefly thought about checking last summer's blog post, but both my phone and tablet were charging and I felt really grungy so I just shrugged and went to shower.
|SP's cheesecake. As usual, he buried his dessert under a huge mound of whipped cream.|
And that's the Easter 2104 cheesecake saga. One person can't find/read a recipe. Another person didn't take precautionary storage actions. And a third person dropped it upside down on the floor.
Sadly, no photos of the cheesecake splat were taken. I think I was too stunned and horrified!
Vanilla Cheesecake recipe can be found here.
Monday, April 21, 2014
My parents are in town for Easter. Much to our delight, the weather warmed up and was sunny on both Good Friday & Easter, so we were able to do lots of grilling. Good Friday was fish for dinner and Easter was a bit of a meat party with lamb, ham, and kielbasa on the table (Saturday was dinner at Park Bruges). Everything was delicious. We are surprised at how much of everything the four of us ate - there is not as much leftover as we figured there would be! Here's what our holiday eating looked like:
Everything was washed down with a Chardonnay and a half bottle Pinot Noir on Good Friday and a Riesling, Merlot, and the end of the Pinot Noir on Easter. Lots of wine bottles in this week's recycling! SP did an excellent job of grilling and making the potatoes. Mom did an excellent job sauteing the green beans. I think I did a great job chopping all the veggies and making salad and salad dressing! And of course washing dishes!
Hope your past weekend was as delicious as ours was.
|Easter Paska, with raisins, from Bethel Bakery. Two loaves purchased on Thursday morning, both loaves gone by Monday morning.|
|Moist, light, buttery, delicious paska interior. We had been thinking of making our own paska, but we figured we just didn't have enough time with everything else we were doing.|
|Good Friday dinner for me & dad: Scallops, grilled, with lemon juice, salt, and pepper|
|Scallops cooked just until done|
|Good Friday dinner for mom & SP: Salmon, grilled on cedar plank, lemon pepper seasoning|
|Salmon interior. We had a huge salad with the scallops & salmon and a French batard loaf. I also made a blue cheese dressing and a balsamic vinegar dressing for the salad.|
|Good Friday Dessert - Lady Lox from Bethel Bakery|
|More Good Friday dessert: Raspberry-Almond Tiramisu from Arlecchino|
|Easter leg of lamb, on the grill|
|Lamb after resting. We marinated it in the usual red wine-Dijon-oil-rosemary marinade|
|Mmmmm still pink inside and very juicy. Yum!|
|Small piece of ham glazed with whiskey-brown sugar-dry mustard-ground cloves-orange zest glaze|
|Ham, extra delicious when dipped in the glaze pooled in the bottom of the baking dish|
|Grilled kielbasa. Kielbasa from Market District Meat Counter. Tradition for SP's family. Very tasty kielbasa.|
|Weekday Scalloped Potatoes. Recipe from Cook's Illustrated. Delicious sliced russets in a chicken stock-cream-thyme-bay leaf-onion sauce with shredded cheddar on top.|
|The usual holiday sauteed green beans with onion and sliced portobella caps and sherry|
|My plate, after I wolfed down some yummy potatoes. A little bit of everything. And then a second plate of a little bit of everything.|
Hope your past weekend was as delicious as ours was.
Thursday, April 17, 2014
|My wedding bouquet, a few days after the wedding|
We will be celebrating at Arlecchino tonight. One of our favorite places, but only for special occasions, like last year's anniversary and my birthday a couple of years ago. Yum!
2. I missed my Blog Anniversary! It was this past Monday. Whoops. No special post to mark 5 years of blogging. No special dessert or dinner to mark the anniversary. Maybe I'll remember next year...
3. My parents are here! I haven't seen them since August 2013, so it's been 7-8 months.
4. The one day a year that my family does the 'no meat on Friday' thing is Good Friday. Needless to say, SP is deliriously happy that we will be having fish tomorrow. He can't wait to go pick out the fish, even offering to go to Whole Foods for fish. I am less excited. Not only is dinner fish, but it looks like lunch will be tuna salad.
5. This past week I managed to read The Goldfinch in 3 days. Yes, it took me a long time (2.5 weeks) to get started. I think the 784 pages and small print deterred me for a while, plus some mixed reviews, plus it's not my usual kind of book. I finally started reading and I got pulled in and then it was due so I *gasp* kept it one day past the due date and accrued a 15 cent fine. It's a wonderful book. A little slow to start, and then it picks up. When I think about it, none of the characters is particularly lovable or admirable, they all seem to do bad things and hurt each other and themselves, and yet you feel for them and just want to reassure them that everything will be OK. It is long, I am 'lucky' I am a fast reader, but even so, I found myself skimming some portions. I would recommend it. After all, it won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.
9. I'm excited for some warmer, if not super sunny, weather this Easter weekend. I wonder if the bunny is going to bring me chocolate eggs? Of course the bunny knows I still have cappuccino meltaway egg from last year, so...!