Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Dinner Party

I'm in the midst of organizing the first dinner party that my apartment has seen since this summer. The last time we had people over, it was to reciprocate for the dinner they held for us (which, I might add, consisted of bagged chex mix and cheeseburgers... and water.) I feel like I kind of "showed them up" (not deliberately)by making roast chicken (beer can chicken), savory polenta and a baked tomato and zucchini casserole with strawberry shortcake for dessert... As you may have guessed, I love to cook. This time we're having a few people over for New Year's, after they made a wonderful meal for us of chicken liver pate, braised lamb shanks with white bean and tomato stew, roasted butternut squash soup and Italian anise cookies with vanilla gelato. We're reciprocating (again, with a different couple, the first never came back) with eggplant caviar, Georgian bean salad with black bread, braised beef short ribs (tis the season) with horseradish cream, mashed potatoes and Swiss chard with pearl onions, gingerbread cake and chocolate truffles. I've been planning since Friday and cooking since Sunday. I'm borrowing heavily from the Smitten Kitchen blog, and I hope Deb doesn't fail me now!
I'm working on the table top, and couldn't just use the table runner I have (of course not) and had to buy a green tablecloth with green and blue striped napkins. My only concern is that my wall is the same color green, so it may be overwhelming. Other than those trivial little things, I hope it goes off without a hitch and that they come back for more. :)

Monday, December 15, 2008

Old Friends

We met over coffee to catch up.

The camaraderie was the same, though our lives have changed.

Still, I feel like we could be friends until we look like this:

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Farmer's Market Dreaming

I'm in a much better mood today. I think it has something to do with seeing these old pictures from the farmer's market (like the one on my header), they remind me of summer:

honey stall

old gourd guy, kind of annoyed with having his picture taken...

Anyway. The farmer's market is a nicer thought than the weather outside, like this:

Perhaps I'll check out the winter farmer's market this weekend. I hear they make an excellent breakfast.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Brown Sugar, Brown Butter Shortbread

I normally can't stand short, crisp, sandy cookies, but these are absolute perfection. (And artery clogging, at the same time)

I'm thinking of incorporating brown butter into my vegetable and fish dishes. The scent is intoxicating.
The recipe here.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Rubbing Noses

Results in drinking this:

Eating this:And doing this at my desk:

Have a happy Monday!