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Autumnal Dinner

Last night Tompaul and I drove to Hagerstown, MD.  I know this is exciting in itself…but the real reason was to see Bronwen and Aaron and new baby (a.k.a. Adam).  I  volunteered to make part of dinner as there were some new recipies I wanted to try out…and its easier to experiment on a larger crowd because you get more opinions.

First I decided to make a homemade tomato soup.  This is mostly because I had subpar tomato bisque for lunch…for 3.5 for the cup.  I was thinking as I ate it…I have made better tomato soup.  At this moment I realized I have become something horrid…a food snob!

Anyway I decided to make this soup I love.  It comes from Giada’s Kitchen.  The soup involves crushed tomatoes, canelli beans (to make it creamy), carrots, garlic (sorry Ba), onion and red pepper flakes.  The red pepper flakes I used were newer than the ones I have so it was a bit on the HOT side.   You can look the recepie up on Google books (it’s page 44).  I substituted McKay’s Chicken Seasoning for the chicken broth and I don’t use heavy cream to make the wipped cream topping.  Instead I add the part cream in to the soup and I use milk.  I think this helps with the acidity of the tomatoes…as everyone knows I don’t like raw tomatoes.  Here is the soup cooking…we ate the soup so fast I don’t have any of the finished product!

Then to finish off dinner I made a monky cake.  And by monky I mean from my monastery cookbook.  I chose the Yogurt Cake Saint-Elie.  I added 2tsp of vanilla, baked it in  an 8″ round pan instead of square and only baked it for 40 min instead of the full 50 because it was done.  I turned out to be a nice solid cake.  Te outside made a firm “crust.”  The cake held its own taste so the toppings were simple: cut strawberries with lemon juice and sugar topped whipped cream.  My friend Mary Heather taught me that.  She is one smart cookie.

Here is baby Adam.  He is growing nicely.  All of his reflexes are appropriate and he is super fun to swaddle and cuddles nicely.  All in all it was a fun night….well worth the drive.


Chillaxin’ @ the Harbor

Last night I was not on call so I decided to make the most of it. Tompaul and I had pineapple teriyaki  burgers for supper and homemade pineapple popsicles.

Then a quick walk down to the Harbor.  The weather was wonderful, breezy and beautiful.  It felt like fall.  We went into Barnes & Noble and I got a Pumpkin Spice Latte.

The taste of this yearly autumnal drink gets me ready for the changing of leaves, distracts me from the shortening of days.  Soon it will be time to break out the SAD light.

While in B&N I found a new book that I want.  Cake Love.

He makes cake baking look so easy. I always feel like my cakes turn out so funky looking.  I can make them taste good, they just don’t look good.

Birthday for Ba

On Saturday I invited Tompaul’s parents and aunt over for lunch.  The request from the birthday ba was mexican food and chocolate cake.

-Black bean and corn enchaladas

–  Mexican Rice, Cheese sauce, Sweet Corn Bread– Guacamole, Salsa, LimesAnd for the finale……Homemade Hershey’s Chocolate Cake with a Lemon Curd Filling w/ Hershey’s Chocolate Frosting.  The “Ba” was made with lemon rind.