March 19, 2010 § 4 Comments
Joel and I decided to have a date night a couple of nights ago. Always a good idea in my book. We went to a spectacular little local restaurant that is usually quite packed because of general awesomeness. But, they had recently just expanded to include a little bar area, and we thought we just might be able to squeak in, it being a very week-night-ish night. Not only did we manage to squeak in, it turns out that every Tuesday night they have a 4-course prix fixe meal complete with wine pairings, which is a fabulous deal! We decided to ditch our original plan of sharing little bar appetizers and go ahead and indulge, not realizing that when they say each course is paired with a different wine, they really mean it. A big ole’ full glass of wine. Neither of us were quite prepared for that on a Tuesday. But you know what, when the universe hands you four glasses of really nice, small vineyard wines from the Rhône Valley, you do not say, “oh no, I shouldn’t. I couldn’t possibly. It’s a weeknight.” No! You stay strong and stay the course and bask in how beautifully the flinty, and cherry, and mossy notes pair with the food.
It was a grand evening. By the last course we were waxing quite philosophical and, I think, had come quite near to solving all the political problems of the country, past, present, and future. But, even the first course was stand out. Because, it gave me an idea of what to do with my last celery root! « Read the rest of this entry »
December 2, 2009 § 7 Comments
Woe is me! I am already out of Thanksgiving leftovers. Which means I am also almost entirely out of food in my house. Preparing for Thanksgiving kind of took over the grocery shopping part of my brain leaving me completely unable to plan ahead for what would come afterwards. Couldn’t I just eat leftover turkey and mashed potatoes for every meal for the next couple of weeks? No, it turns out! I couldn’t. It, sadly, didn’t last nearly that long. The Thanksgiving feast also left me feeling a bit like I shouldn’t be required to cook anything (apart from making stock from the turkey bones to make into soup) for still another few days (on a side note, Thanksgiving was an adventurous day that I’m sure I’ll describe at some point in the future, and which turned out quite deliciously in the end with very few catastrophes and only one semi-serious injury, caused by an oyster shucker (picture squirting blood from the palm of the hand being staunched with a maxi pad – hopefully you’ll laugh and get the general idea!).
Anyways, with almost nothing in my refrigerator, I turned to the pantry. These are the days when I’m very glad I keep around canned fish, especially canned salmon! We’re all supposed to be eating more fish anyway – omega 3 fats and some of the other fishy components are good for the heart and brain, and give you a nice glossy coat (er, if you’re a dog or cat). I love fresh fish, but it can be hard to cook as often as I would like because it can be so darn expensive, and frequently the stuff they have at the fish counter is farm raised (not as healthy!) and looks as though it hasn’t seen the sea in so many weeks it has started to think it’s a pack of camels. For a while I got fish through something called a community supported fishery, which involved picking up a delivery of freshly caught fish once a week. The problem was, the fish were MASSIVE and needed to be filleted and gutted immediately. And who has time to do that at 3 on a Tuesday afternoon?! « Read the rest of this entry »