|This is the Nancy Noel Gallery on Main Street Zionsville (and these are my town-mates enjoying the longest small town parade ever - 2 hours! I'm always amazed at how many people show-up to watch it because I think surely the whole town is already IN the parade. I wrote about this last year at length.) :)|
|Our table on the porch!|
|Mom (Grandma to the kids) and Liam enjoying some yummy refreshments|
|Chloe enjoying the music in her own special way as a marching band rolled by. :)|
|The remainders of the Mediterranean Platter. I assure you it was gorgeous, and the fact that it's mostly gone is a testament to its yumminess. The eggplant tapanade was o.m.g. delcious (it was in the far left upper corner). :)|
|Photographing this is what made me realize I should be documenting more of this meal, hence the half-eaten Mediterranean Platter. It was simply too good a find not to share with you all.|
|This is the interior restaurant in the Gallery. You walk in to this beautiful achitecture everywhere, gorgeous art, and then keep on walking back to this cafe.|
|the pastry case where those to-die-for mini cakes reside. They had a whole pamphlet hand-out on, Ghyslain, the pastry chef from Quebec (and my new hero) behind this, and YES these are all available to order! Go! GO now!:)|
|One of her paintings that struck me.|
I am aware that my kids are sleepy. This is never a good thing to be aware of as you are about to shop, especially at an incredibly busy and somewhat frustrating place such as Costco. Alas, I'm too far into it to stop, so off we go! Chloe does alright at first. Then we see Ariel. Or the Ariel Halloween Costume, rather. Because of my recent unemployment, I had decided I would simply mend the pink and heart princess dress she plays princess in every.single.day, plop a tiara on her head and call her a princess for Halloween. However, Chloe is 3 and doesn't see the practicality in this decision, and therefore lusts after this Ariel costume so fiercely that Grandma is ready to put back some of her purchases to get the costume for her. I say no way Jose. I get it, Mom. I know. She knows, too, but she's no longer The Mom, instead she's the Grandma - purveyor of all things wonderful and does not, therefore, have to be the mean one to stoicly wait out a tantrum.
I explain to Chloe calmly that Grandma wants to give her that Ariel costume as a present, but that she will have to wait for it. Grandma will buy it next time, then bring it to Chloe and she will have it in time for Trick or Treat. No dice. My kid throws an unholy terror tantrum the likes of which I've not seen from her ever. I try to ignore her. It doesn't work. I try to reason again. It doesn't work. I try to warn her,"You won't get it at all if you keep this up." It doesn't work. So, I find an empty aisle, set her on the floor, tell her this is the naughty corner in this store, and walk away from her - hiding behind some stacks of boxes so I can keep an eye on her.
Adults walk past her in alarm: Is she lost? Where's her mother? Then they see me and scowl. I just stare back at them like, "What? You've never seen a public time-out? Keep on movin'. Fruit snacks are that way." After 3 minutes I go to Chloe, reiterate everything, then ask her if she's sorry. I know my daughter. She wants to apologize. But the words don't come. Her stubborn won. So.... I walk away again. I'm sure by now I am pure evil to the crowd on onlookers, but whatever. I'm having a teachable moment, it just doesn't involve rainbows and unicorns, ok? The next time I come back, I don't have to ask. She says she's sorry, hugs me like the dickens, and then I scoop her up and love on her like nothing bad just happened. That's what you do when your 3 year old does the right thing.
Oh there's more examples I could give to fully explain just how happy Chloe is and I am that she starts school tomorrow, but surely those 2 suffice. And wasn't the restaurant review thrown haphazardly into the middle a nice breather? I didn't want to stress you out. :)
And we're walking! OK. So it's the beginning of a new week and a new weekly menu. Before we get to that, I just have to say that I wish my photos of my French Onion Soup had turned out because it was masterful. I guess it's been more than several years since I last made it because I've never made it for Brian. Uh. Whoops. :) It's such a classic soup and I'm not sure he'd even ever had it! If you want a good recipe, Tyler Florence has a good one on foodnetwork.com. I use 1 less garlic clove than he does, dried thyme instead of whole sprigs, and about 1/2 C of cognac instead of red wine (which is so worth the purchase and will stretch a lot further in the long run). Then I homemade some garlic croutons with lots and lots of pepper and do swiss cheese and provolone cheese. Other than that, though, it's almost exactly the same.
The only other thing of note that I photographed was the weekly pizza.
I know it's been a while since I posted a recipe, and I thank you all for understanding the time I need to take. The writing is therapeutic, the process necessary. I'm hopeful soon that I'll start having amazing ideas for new recipes, but for now I'm revisiting older ones with the same kind of sentiment with which one gazes at their high school yearbook. In truth, this time has given me a break-through of sorts on the cookbook - a chronology that offers a linear organization, a clear purpose that it lacked before. So, I'm thankful and in the meantime enjoying looking back and remembering.
Anyway. This is the first week I'm offering take-home-yummies from the order page. I had some pot pies get ordered, so those will be getting made and be ready for pick-ups this week. I've gone ahead and put the coming week's availability on the page to give you more time to get orders in. And other than that, here's what's for dinner this coming week!
The beef stew is an old recipe, but I've not shared it here so it'll be new for you all! The roman pepper pasta comes from the book I'm reading Eat, Pray, Love (an excellent read, by the way!). In her Italy leg of her trip she describes this incredibly simple Roman lunch of pasta with good cheese and lots of pepper, so we're going for it! In the book they used pecorino romano, but I've got a whole hunk of parmigiano reggiano from my work kitchen so I'll just use that. I'm sure the romano will be better, but c'est la vie. The napa valley pizza is a favorite from WineStyles and getting made because a customer of mine is picking up her pot pie and bringing some fresh rosemary to me. If you recall, Liam kept digging up my rosemary this year and it died. *shakes head* It just smelled too good, apparently. :) So, I've had no fresh rosemary this year, which is a bummer because this is one of my favorite pizzas.
Well that's all for now folks. :) I'm tired. There's more laundry that needs doing before school and dishes that need getting done. As always, thanks for listening.