Saturday, August 30, 2008
This is where P's parents took us for dinner for his birthday. I trust their judgement when it comes to restaurants because they enjoy food just as much as we do. They had been there before and were very happy to be able to share it with us. All I can say is I am EXTREMELY glad they did. This is now my 2nd favorite restaurant...and that is saying a lot. Trust me. Everything from the ambiance in the dining rooms (it was in what appeared to be an old farmhouse so a few small rooms) to the service (very knowledgeable and polite) to the AMAZING food was wonderful.
P's parents brought the wine, Paraduxx which is always excellent and a Rosenblum Shiraz which is unusual b/c Rosenblum is a CA wine. For a couple years they had a partnership with an Australian winery to produce this particular Shiraz. Sadly, they do not do it anymore and it is a shame because it was so tasty.
We started off with Rome Point RI Oysters on the half shell with a mignonette sauce. The oysters were delightfully salty and buttery by themselves. The mignonette sauce cut the saltiness just enough to enhance the buttery flavor.
Next we sampled the 'cheese table' they had a wonderful assortment of local and imported cheeses. We ended up picking Carameaway; a soft cheese with caraway seeds, October Kaas; another soft cheese made with sheep's milk and a bit of raw cow milk. Both of those cheese were from a NJ farm called Valley Shepherd (I highly recommend a visit to their website if you are a cheese nut like me). The last one we picked was a huge hit, Blacksticks Blue from England. The cheeses were served with honeyed dates, fresh figs, balsamic strawberry sauce, sliced pear, apple and strawberries and little croutes. I already looked up the farm site so I can get the NJ cheeses. I will search high and low for the Blacksticks.
For an entree I had rack of lamb with potatoes Colcannon style and a pea and mint puree. It was heavenly. The lamb was so perfectly cooked and you could taste the greenness of the pea puree. The potatoes, you just cannot go wrong with them. :) My FIL ordered the same thing. P had the Magret Duck Breast. I heard it was good. ;) I didn't get a taste. My MIL had Salmon that came with a lemon risotto custard. I had a hard time passing that up. I also heard it was very good.
We wrapped up dinner with a trio of creme brulee (raspberry, coffee and vanilla bean) and for P a chocolate mousse cake. Also as mentioned earlier we were given house made limoncello.
It was a wonderful dinner and we had a lovely time. Anytime I can play a meal over in my head, wondering about how they came up with the combinations and wishing I could do the same, I know my whole body enjoyed the experience. I will definitely be going back. :)
Friday, August 29, 2008
Peter has this thing about his age. He had a difficult time with 30. So much so that we actually had his surprise party AFTER he turned 30 because otherwise he would have been saying "I'm not 30 yet, blah, blah, blah" all night. Seriously, that is what he did for 6 months leading up to it. Now he is 35 and he seems ok with it. I am not sure if it's because he has come to terms with it or if it's because he knows he can still act like a 12 year old. Anyway, we are off to a lovely dinner tonight with his parents. I got him a cute card, chocolate covered pretzels and
Warhammer: Battleground for XBox 360.
Yeah, I am a glutton for punishment. The geeks guys at the game store were pretty impressed that I bought it for him. For about 5 minutes I was a cool wife.
Thursday, August 28, 2008
So, I am interested, what topics really get you going? I don't want any pointing of fingers or nasty words for those that might hold a different opinion, just what you might be passionate about. Have at it. Mine will be in the first comment.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
They are not walking the dog and picking up poop.
The run is all about them. They don't worry that they might not look good in the gym or that they may fart during Child Pose. They are out there on their own, sweaty, possibly gassy, with the wind in their face and th3e knowledge that they are winning the battle against poor health.
I wanna feel like that.
The Chai Story
Thanks to The Daily Coyote for bringing this to my attention.
Seriously, I have become addicted to the stuff there. I never truly realized how good stuff that is in season and grown locally is until I made it my mission to get it. I'll stop by there on the way home and load up. With what I paid for my lunch, I can probably get produce for the next week. If I could keep that in mind maybe I can steer clear of the crap I am eating today. :)
I haven't fallen off the face of the earth by the way. Internet and or computer at home still causing problems and I really have too much to do to blog at work anymore.
Monday, August 25, 2008
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Monday, August 18, 2008
I am much better after drinking tons of water and eating much better stuff all weekend but I didn't get too much done. My plan had been to cook all weekend stuff I could freeze for a taste of summer in winter. We have the most awesome corn around here this year (you can eat it raw it's so juicy and sweet) and the tomatoes are to die for and the peaches are incredible too. I've never done the freezing in excess thing and I am hoping that I have enough freezer room to actually do it. Do you cooks have any good tried and true freeze now and enjoy later recipes you can share with me?
Friday, August 15, 2008
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Yesterday I needed to grab a couple things from the grocery store. I have not been in a few weeks because I have been getting our food from other places. There are somethings that you cannot get from the farm stand though, things like deodorant. I have had a tiny piece of my Dove deodorant left for about a week. You ladies know how it gets when the solid gets low, it gets crumbly and when you use it you pray that you will be able to get enough off of it before is crumbles all over you and on the floor. Half of it fell off the week before. So the mornings have had this added little stresser of hoping it lasts one more day and hopefully I'll remember to pick up another one. FINALLY, the opportunity presented itself when I needed freezer bags and hamburger buns.
The sad thing is, I was actually excited about getting a new deodorant.
I was looking forward to slapping it on every morning without having to be gentle to prevent more crumbling. I actually thought of this as a pleasant experience. There is something VERY wrong with me.
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
I applaud your efforts at healthy eating and brown bagging it. You are not only doing yourself a service but the environment as well. You even remembered to recycle that orange and white box that your meal came in today. Good for you.
NOW IF YOU FLIPPIN' COOK FISH IN THE FLIPPIN' MICROWAVE AGAIN WITHOUT THE AID OF A MATCH OR SOME SORT OF OTHER ODOR ELIMINATOR I AM GOING TO EAT A BEAN BURRITO AND CARPET BOMB YOUR OFFICE.
Monday, August 11, 2008
Saturday: Growers Market, once again blown away. Bought sheep's milk French Feta and yogurt. Have not tried either yet. Can't wait. Also bought TONS of granola. I know it sounds unexciting but this morning I am having a delicious breakfast of yogurt, peaches, granola and honey and on Saturday for lunch I had a small leftover steak sandwich, sweet orange cherry tomatoes with a little salt and marinated mozzarella. Que angels singing. We also went out to dinner for our anniversary. It was a gorgeous evening and we were able to sit outside at one of our favorite spots, The Spring Mill Cafe.
Sunday: Had to work at Lottery Yarn...booo! I was able to get up early enough to enjoy the AM with P and breakfast outside before the crazy storms rolled through. We lost power for about 30 seconds at the Lottery Yarn while I was there because of the storms. First time that has happened in my 2 years there. I ran to the front to prevent people making off with stuff. Sunday evening we relaxed, nibbled a little here and there and watched the Olympics. I am not that into it but I was VERY happy to see the US claim victory over the French in the 100m freestyle relay after the trash talk from the French.
That is about it. Kinda boring but also relaxing in a very nice way. Hope your weekend was good too!
Friday, August 8, 2008
Now I am listening to the neighbor kids shriek as they play hide and go seek or some sort of in the dark tag game. I can't help but smile because I remember doing that well past the age of...ahem...maturity and loving every minute of it. ;) It is a PERFECT summer evening.
Thursday, August 7, 2008
Fall is my favorite season and this change signaled something in my brain to smile the rest of the walk, thinking of the evenings we'll spend around the outdoor fireplace, sipping wine and just enjoying the sounds and scents of the season.
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Elizabeth Hasselback: She is still young enough that her views could be tempered with knowledge and time. I will however move her to 'stand-by' for that time period.
Paris Hilton: She's kinda playing a part or if she is that useless, she'll self destruct eventually. She's not really causing injury unless you count the little girls that want to be her....hmmmm...I may have to rethink this one.
Judge Judy: Now that is an interesting one. I think she's more an actress than anything though so not insane to the bone like the others. Her power maybe went a little to her head.
Jamie Lynn Spears: She is still young and she is on 'stand-by' because I am waiting to see how she handles herself. If she does better than her sister, she will not be going.
50 Cent: Need to look into.
So, here is how it stands until my next post about it:
Jamie Lynn Spears
On the island:
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
So far I have sent:
Jamie Lynn Spears
Today, I am sending another person. She should have been in the original set but alas, I had forgotten about her for a brief moment when she wasn't trying to hog the political spotlight with her extremest right-wing rantings. She is:
This woman used to frighten me because of the filth that spewed from her mouth but with titles for her books such as:
If Democrats Had Any Brains They'd Be Republicans
Godless: The Church of Liberalism
How to Talk to a Liberal If You Must
Well, they really just show that she is a complete fool and thoroughly unimaginative. I mean, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to know that if you dye your hair (badly), starve yourself and wear sexy clothing on a book cover, drooling men are going to pick it up. She actually thinks that her message is getting through to people because of her book sales. Here are some lovely comments by Ann as gathered by Wikipedia:
On October 8, 2007, Coulter ignited yet more controversy when she was quoted as saying that Jews should be "perfected" into Christians. She was talking about Republicans with Donny Deutsch, a Jewish CNBC talk-show host, and implied that she considered Christianity a virtue. Deutsch asked her, "It would be better if we were all Christian?", to which Coulter replied "Yes". Deutsch asked her, "We should all be Christian?", and got the same response, with an invitation to come to church. Later on, Coulter said, "we just want Jews to be perfected, as they say", saying that this was what Christianity was, and she compared the 'New Testament to Federal Express. Further, Coulter said that Christians considered themselves to be perfected Jews. Deutsch implied that this was an anti-Semitic remark, but Coulter said she didn't consider it to be a hateful comment.
...about 9/11 Widows
These broads are millionaires, lionized on TV and in articles about them, reveling in their status as celebrities and stalked by grief-arazzis. These self-obsessed women seemed genuinely unaware that 9/11 was an attack on our nation and acted as if the terrorist attacks happened only to them. ... I've never seen people enjoying their husbands' deaths so much ... the Democrat ratpack gals endorsed John Kerry for president ... cutting campaign commercials... how do we know their husbands weren't planning to divorce these harpies? Now that their shelf life is dwindling, they'd better hurry up and appear in Playboy.
...It would be a much better country if women did not vote. That is simply a fact. In fact, in every presidential election since 1950—except Goldwater in '64—the Republican would have won, if only the men had voted.
So Ann, your idiocy and complete lack of knowledge about the world around and your continuous misinterpretation of what you don't know you has earned you a trip to My Island. You are a hateful person and the female equivalent to Dorian Grey. I am sure you and Rick will get along well. Maybe you and Brit can dye each other's hair. I'll send some peroxide in the next supply drop. She seems to know a little more about it than you.
Monday, August 4, 2008
1. Candid Carrie: If you don't already know she kicks ass, you need to visit.
2. BHJ at The Wind in My Vagina: His mission to out the pedophile at the community pool is heroic and his jam sessions with son just rock
Ok all, now you need to pass this wonderful award on to your kick ass faves! Enjoy!
Sunday, August 3, 2008
3. No room or laws) for my own chickens and turkeys.
Don't worry, I am not going to get all preachy on you (I really hate that to begin with after being told I was probably a lesbian because I had short hair freshman year in college by one of those 'witnessing' 'Christian' people on campus). I will say, however, that the food I have consumed from farmers markets, grown in season has been absolutely delicious. I don't think I could go back to the other stuff if I wanted to (tomatoes are f-ing AMAZING right now) considering my love for cooking and good food. I will report on how I am doing with the whole locavore thing more regularly if not for any other reason other than I love food.
Update: The kefthedes (Greek meatballs) totally rocked and the tzazaiki (sp) made them even better. I could though, kill you with my garlic breath. When I halved the recipe for the tzazaiki, I forgot to half the garlic. There are Greek mothers who will need to burn their recipes after this awsome cooking feat. ;)
Saturday, August 2, 2008
Share 7 facts about yourself on your blog, some random, some weird.
Tag 7 people at the end of your post by leaving their names as well as links to their blogs.
Let them know they are tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.
1. The left side of my sternum is lower than the right. You can't tell to look at me but it can do a number on underwire bras.2. I used have the movie Clue memorized. I proabably can still recite most of it but my memory is not what it used to be (I am serious).
3. I am scared to go to the movies at a theater. I have to be REALLY excited about one to go (LOTR trilogy, SATC...). I might post about this fear sometime. It does actually have a root.
4. I read magazines from back to front. Easier to flip pages.
5. I LOATHE fruit and chocolate together, except for chocolate and bananas.
6. I worry that my dog is mad at me for showing her what vacation is like then bringing her back to the daily grind.
7. I was in the ER on Thursday night with P.
Hullabrouhaha because she has time to do it now that her living arragement is sorted.
As Cape Cod Turns because she is awesome and you should be visiting her blog.
Killing a Fly with A Ukalele is Probably the Wrong Thing to Do because she is a new bloggy friend from down under.
It's a Wonderful Lie because I need to live vicariously thru someone inthe 20's ;)
An American in Norway becuase she is in the US right now.
A French Fatum becuase she is fun and you should be reading her blog as well (she's a bit secrative though)
John Deere Mom because I like her and her kids are too flippin' cute.