The Cinco de Mayo gods were lighting the way when my dear in-laws, Robert and Barb, came to visit. I roasted a pork shoulder to make carnitas, and bought fixings for tacos.
Wednesday, May 5, 2021
Saturday, May 1, 2021
For the Instrumental Solo Festival during my high school years, I chose to play the 1st Movement of Vivaldi's Concerto in A Minor, where, much to my astonishment, I received a “Superior” rating. Since then, Vivaldi has held a special place in my heart. So, when I saw the Four Seasons Pasta recipes in the Silver Palate Good Times Cookbook, a book that was published in the 80s, I knew that, sooner or later, I'd have to try making them all. But, as so frequently happens, life gets in the way, and I never got around to it. Until now. This is it. This is the year!
Here's La Primavera . . .
Sunday, April 4, 2021
I've only had my first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine to date, so, for now, we continue to take precautions. This means another Easter at home, just the two of us.
Monday, March 29, 2021
In a rare case of being in the know, while my usual modus operandi is to be a year or two behind, I was able to get tickets to what has fast become the hottest show in town: Immersive Van Gogh.
I wasn't sure what to expect, or in which ways we would be immersed in Van Gogh's art . . .
And, frankly, neither Van Gogh, nor Impressionists in general are my cup of tea . . .
Sunday, March 21, 2021
Here's la soupe au poulet et nouilles —
And then, for dessert, Lime Mousse, from the Silver Palate Cookbook. This is part of the standard repertoire in the Cheney household, and we never seem to tire of it — plus I got to use up the leftover limes from last Sunday's Irish Whiskey Mules. Bon appétit!
Friday, March 19, 2021
Zeppole (pl.) are Italian pastries that are sold on the days leading up to St. Joseph's Day — today, March 19th. It's basically a light-as-air fritter, filled with custard or cream, and topped with a variety of fruit compotes, or a maraschino cherry.
Before we moved to the 'burbs we lived in a predominantly Italian area of Chicago, and we had so many marvelous bakeries surrounding us that their loss was acutely felt when we moved to our new home.
Sunday, March 14, 2021
- 4 oz. ginger beer
- 1½ oz. Irish whiskey
- ½ oz. freshly-squeezed lime juice
- 1 T. sugar (optional) - I didn't use any because Rachel's Ginger Beer is already sweetened
- Ice, for serving
- Fresh mint, for garnish
- Lime rounds, for garnish
A pot of gold at the end of a rainbow hung from the chandelier.