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20 October 2010

A Lull...

I haven't posted in a few weeks, for that I apologize, for you see, things are not stable in my life.
Since I have not cooked for money in a over a year, it is very hard to go into the kitchen without some serious planning. And since my computer died and I turned 40, things have not been going as I have planned.

I had the last tomato last week. Warmed from the Indian Summer Sun, the skin somewhat thick and tough, it was still juicy and full of flavor. Knowing it was the last of the season, I ate it on toasted whole wheat with butter and mayonnaise, and lots of black pepper. It was amazing.

There are 3 bags of flour waiting for recipes in the refrigerator. Remember I said stuff about "Pop's" and banana box groceries? Well, I picked up King Arthur flour for $1 a bag... and how could I resist?
My mother in law owns a bread maker... but I see no use in that. Just another thing to have to wash. So, I made foccacia... It is never as good as what we made in culinary school...all liquidy pouring it out onto the well oiled sheet pan..puffy and almost breathing. I couldn't get it that way...I think since Autumn has come it was too cool in the house for a proper raise and I ended up with a less flattering foccacia. But, it's good enough to eat!! So, today I will be picking up some prosciutto and a nice Malbec or Tempranillo and we will dine al fresco with the sun setting behind us in our tiny little northern Cali town.... I will get back to some more serious stuff next week. I am menu planning as we speak  blog.

Here's a question: what would you like to see? I can do just about anything... if there is a recipe you're having issue with or a technique you can't quite get down... ask me. I am here to help. But for now.. keep on keeping on. And if someday, someone (like a great co. as Sodexo) hires me... I will keep blogging.