Friday, September 21, 2012

September 17, 2012


Fall is upon us.  We did have one bad rain storm this week which engulfed the unpicked cherry tomatoes.   I don’t think we’ll see any more this season.  But it was a good run.

Still working on clearing out the leftovers section of the freezer. It is so easy to have dinner already done.  All I need is a starch and a salad.  And yes, I’m still cooking rice.  I will take the precaution of rinsing it beforehand, but I can’t imagine that it is going to do real damage to adults who eat a reasonably balanced diet.  Do need to be using more barley and quinoa and the like.  I keep them in the pantry – I just tend to forget about them.  Creatures of habit…

We are in the throes of planning an upcoming party.  Getting the house in order, washing the curtains, rehanging pictures and the like.   And planning the menu.  That’s the fun part.  What we are thinking of is a cardiologist’s dream (as in Oh Goody!  More business!) But when one entertains – what the hell.  Will have some healthy alternatives, however, for our friends and family with diabetes.

The key, I think, is (1) organization and (2) preparation.  As they say at the CIA, Preparation Is Everything.  I’ve already got five appetizers in the freezer in addition to having sausages and cheeses on hand.  Also, three ice creams.  And one entrée.  As we get closer to the date, I’ll continue to add on to this collection leaving very little preparation a la minute. I ‘ll have finalized the menu and you’ll see it here next week.  We’re figuring about 30 people – give or take.  It’s a little hard to tell as any number of folk have not rsvp-ed….One of my pet peeves…

Half Dome, Yosemite - early summer 1984

Mon. AM              Beef Barley Soup f/i Gumbo over rice

Mon. PM              Chicken Bouillabaisse f/i
                             Steamed Rice, Tossed Salad

Tues. AM             Turkey Munster Pickle Panini

Tues. PM              Steak Maremma LI
                             Pasta with Fresh Pesto

 The moon on the deck while grilling, the reverse crescent artifact is probably a reflection off the UV filter

Weds AM             Turkey Vegetable Soup

Weds. PM            Pork Goulash with Sauerkraut and Sour Cream f/i
                             Spaetzle, Peas

Thurs. PM            Flounder Grenobloise WTC 94
                             Pasta with Gorgonzola Cheese CIC I

Fri.    AM             Steak and Eggs

Fri.    PM              Pork Marengo f/i
                             Noodles,  Salad

Sat. AM               Grilled Burgers

Sat. PM                Steamed Dumplings
Lobster Pot Pie C –SL

Sun. AM              French Toast

Sun. PM               Baked Clams
                            Sausage in Red Wine FW 2001
                            Savoyard Potato Gratin JC 1
                           Tossed Salad with Pear 

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