16 November 2010

Food Laziness

We arrived home on Sunday afternoon. A dear friend brought over yummy shrimp pizza to feed us. I supplemented with edamame (that ol' faithful standby), shrimp infused cream cheese (a recipe I've been dying to try out of square table. Since I've owned square table for 3 some odd years, this is a bit ridiculous), and a mediocre salad. I wanted a warm-dressing salad. BRAVO! - one of my favorite Jackson restaurants used to (still does?) have a spinach and goat cheese salad with warm vinaigrette dressing. I wanted to replicate it. I searched through cookbooks. I found one. It was mediocre, at best. Oh well.

On Monday night, I was supposed to make birthday cake and Chicken Romano for my mother's birthday. I failed. I was exhausted and a bit under the weather, and my mother could hear that in my voice, so she grabbed burgers from fresh market and Paul threw them on the grill for us. My mother is a dear. I was going to make cake for her, but instead made pie - Pioneer Woman's Apple Pie she posted this week. With Hard Sauce. Let me rename PW's hardsauce, please. It should be called "liquor icing" It ain't sauce, and Hard doesn't cover the flavor. But, don't get me wrong, it's really good all melty on top of hot apple/pecantopped pie. It had great flavor - Ada Brooks actually made most of it, which was fun.

Tonight, I was supposed to make bean burritos, but Paul and I are both tired, and my kitchen was still in need of rehab from the pie/breakfast/lunch/life for the past few days, AND, most importantly, we have leftovers that need to be eaten. So, that's what we're doing.

Tomorrow night, we got to church for Subway.

On Wednesday late night, though, I have to prepare a turkey for overnight roasting for Ada Brooks's school's thanksgiving feast. So..... that counts as kitchen work, right?

Thursday night, we have Fondren Unwrapped, where we will gobble up sample foods from all over the neighborhood business district.

Friday night, it is a dear friend's birthday, and we've got a crew coming to celebrate. We're having lots of yummy food, through which I will redeem this laziest week of cooking ever. I'd tell you about it, but my friend will inevitably read this before Friday, and isn't a birthday dinner in your honor so much more fun when all the culinary delights are just surprises after surprises.

On Saturday, we'll have sloppy joes and mashed potatoes.

On Sunday for lunch, some friends of ours are bringing a turkey over here to teach us how to fry it. I'm whipping up sides - a couple that I'm not planning to have for thanksgiving (Standard Forster Mashed Potatoes, an as yet undetermined dessert) , but a couple more as test runs (Real Food Asparagus Casserole - story to come later & Roasted Carrots & Cranberry Kumquat Sauce).

On Sunday afternoon, at 4 pm, there will be a family decision: Fry the turkey or overnight roast it.... My vote will count for 3 points, Paul's and Ada's for 2 each, and Eason's for 1. Trust me - it's just and fair in every way.

On Sunday night, we're having spaghetti and meatballs. Paul's favorite. Pretty much. Other than me - He likes me a lot. But, in the culinary department, Spaghetti & Meatballs take the cake. (Culinary...take the cake.... ha ha ha).

This is a week of food laziness for me. It is. It really is. I'm embracing it as a welcomed rest period before the Feast of Thanksgiving, which is so very closely followed by the Feasts of 6 weeks of Advent and Christmas.

Christ is coming. Really. Going to be born to the Virgin. Believe, my friend. Believe and Rejoice.

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