Saturday, January 31, 2009
My first son would say he liked imagining he was driving a train or flying. If they can't think of anything because they are too worked up, I usually come up with something that I know will bring them peace. Star wars, lightsaber battles, you know peaceful things..
Recently, I asked my 6 year old son, "What makes you happy?" as he hunkered down for a long winters sleep.
"Food. Really good food," he replied.
That's my boy.
One of his school assignments was to write and draw something that Martin Luther King was working toward...
He wrote, "Sharing with my friends and food"
His picture showed two figures battling with light sabers eating what looked like a grilled cheese sandwiches.
I really have no idea where he gets it.
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
I do put a lot of love and care into the preparation of my Thanksgiving meal. Since we've moved to Georgia and don't have any family to share it with, we typically invite people from other countries to our house for the meal. I've found that international people don't usually have a preconceived notion of what the meal should entail. You won't get them driving home on their cells phones telling their friends-- "I CAN'T BELIEVE SHE DIDN'T SERVE MASHED POTATOES!"
There is also a special feeling of gratitude of sharing with people and giving them an experience that all Americans can join together in without religion gunking things up. It is a day to be joyful for the things that ya got.
We've had people from Colombia, Malaysia, Norway, Turkey-- oh that was a big hit. We got a lot of mileage out of that one-- serving turkey to the Turks.
So with all my homespun tales of a UN culinary gathering.
This year....we went out to eat.
Ha. What fun.
Chateau Elan had a Thankgiving Buffet and hotel pkg that we did as part of a celebration of our 10th anniversary and mother-in-law could watch the kids for the night....
* Green bean casserole
* Grilled pepper crusted flat iron steak with au poivre sauce
* Maple yams with roasted pecans and marshmallows
* Potato au gratin
* 5- Spice chicken thighs with sauteed okra and tomato relish
They did have one table dedicated to caviar! Heaven on earth. They had a fabulous wasabi flavored caviar that is worth noting for its spicy kick.
I didn't think the pasta bar would be one of my favorite things. Normally we stay away from pasta dishes when we go out since we can do a fair job of this at home, but man am I glad I tried. This fella made one hell of a fresh butternut squash ravioli that had an earthy element from apple wood smoked bacon and celery root carrot hash.
The biggest disappointment of the night was dessert. I know I know...seems impossible...I had my eye on a couple of them. I was so looking forward to the cranberry fruit torte, but by the time we were ready for dessert they had brought out a new torte which was still frozen in the middle. I told one of the guys that was stocking the dessert table and he said he would let the chef know. I should have asked them to microwave it for me, but they all seemed so busy. So I just did a cheese and fruit plate the French way and called it a night. I big fat belly night.
I picked the grilled salmon sandwich which was marinated and thinly sliced with grilled red onion and caper dijon aoli. It was served on fresh pumpernickel bread. I talked to the waitress about changing the bread since I thought the pumpernickel flavor would just ruin the whole thing. She assured me it didn't, and I had to trust that someone would know better than me. Turns out, someone did.
I didn't think the food could get any better from the night before. But I almost enjoyed this more. It was small attention to detail and flavor with a fresh greens salad on the side.
My Hunka ordered the delightful little number pictured toward the back of the plate (above) the Herb-Roasted Portobello Foccacia Marinated Portobello Mushrooms, Roasted Peppers, Arugula and Mozzarella.
The maitre'd walked around telling everyone (except for us before ordering) that the Crabmeat Crusted Orange Roughy was really the signature dish and MUST be tried.
I'll have to go back.
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Laura is a gorgeous gal that sings like a rock star, in fact I sound a great deal like her when I'm belting out tunes in the Honda van. We met about six years ago when our two oldest were in preschool together.
Laura was familar with the Z Pizza joint since she stomps in that part of the hood. I went there once and knew I needed to go back and try a different item or two.
The restaurant uses such fresh organic ingredients and interesting combinations of flavors, I was kinda surprised to find out it was a chain. A California chain...which I guess explains it.
You can get a lunch special one slice of the pizza of the day and a salad for 7.95.
I chose the Tuscan Mushroom Pizza made with homemade roasted garlic sauce, mozzarella, Cremini, Shiitake and Button mushrooms, caramelized onions, feta, truffle oil and fresh thyme. The crust is made with Montana Winter Flour. I'm not sure what that means, but it is thin and fresh. But really I'm a girl all about the toppings, so I just sorted to scraping the stuff off the top and eating it with a fork. The same kind of stuff I give my three year old grief over, but I point out -- I did use a fork.
The salad was the garden salad which used mixed greens and they do a good job of tossing the dressing in without drowning it. Love black olives, but frankly....could do without them on this salad.
I feel this place is kind of a secret around these parts, because if word got out....fuggetaboutit there's not getting a seat for lunch.
Good thing no one reads this blog.
5315 Windard Pkwy
Next to Starbucks
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Next morning, manning the table. Too Much Chocolate Cake with Satiny Chocolate Glaze is the first cake sold. Next, lovely older member of our congregation begins to ask me questions about my Rum Cake:
"Did you make it from scratch?"
"Did you use real rum?"
"I'll take it."
Now we are halfway through the sale and a very frantic husband comes to me, "I need the chocolate cake!" I feel that he is channeling Deb through his request. Because I love Deb, I agree to whip together another Too Much Chocolate Cake with Satiny Chocolate Glaze for young Kai's 9th birthday. I hear that a Darth Vadar candle holder was placed on top. Perfect!
I hope the chocolate cake was a success and much enjoyed :)
I read Andry's status update about her baking "Too Much Chocolate Cake with Satiny Chocolate Glaze." And after wiping my drool off the keyboard, I messaged her....this cake must be mine. (insert evil laugh here)
I was at work when said bake sale was going on, so I called my husband and sent him straight fo that chocolate cake. You should know that Andry is quite the gal in the kitchen and pretty much anything she makes is fabulous.
Thank heavens Andry agreed to make another one for us. It just happened to be Kai's birthday and Thanksgiving.....
Thinking about it makes my eyes tear in appreciation. It is a dense rich bit of chocolately heaven, not too sweet. Great with coffee or a glass of milk, or straight off of a knife the next day for breakfast and lunch.....