For reasons that escape me, and baffle everyone – myself included – I managed to pass out of teen-hood without having ever read a Diana Gabaldon novel. This is shocking and bewildering because the Outlander series is exactly the kind of epic historical sprawl that I devoured in high school. My best guess as to how this situation came to pass is that I read the cover flap, decided that they were all about the Highland Uprising of 1745, and dismissed them out of hand. Despite the fact that I romanticize the Scots as much as the next girl, I find the Highland Uprising wildly depressing because Bonnie Prince Charlie was such an enormous tool, and not even remotely worth the loyalty he demanded and achieved. Read the rest of this entry »
I am feeling press ganged by Fall. First it was the early appearance of pumpkin spice flavored specialty items. It used to be you had to wait until September or October to get your hands on something apple caramel flavored, or spiced with pumpkin pie. This year they started appearing in July.
Then on the last Sunday in August, I walked into the grocery store and was confronted with serried ranks of Halloween candy on display a precise 60 days before All Hallows Eve. Read the rest of this entry »
So summer happened, and I apparently decided to take a hiatus from posting about Dinner. This wasn’t so much a deliberately planned hiatus, so much as something that just happened. We still had Dinner every week, I just didn’t write about it. So, here’s a round-up of what we ate this summer in between engaging in such cultural activities as attending Shakespeare on the Common’s performance of Twelfth Night (or What You Will), sampling a variety of spirits at a local distillery, and going to a variety of summer movies. Read the rest of this entry »
Dinner – September 2nd . . . . A Return to Normalcy
Cherry BBQ Sauce Baked Chicken
Corn on the Cob
This summer was bookend by seeing California friends in places that were not California. In May* one Bay Area friend tacked a trip to Boston/Nantucket onto a conference in Toronto. We took her on a tour of all our favorite bakeries in Boston – which is to say Sofra and Flour – and then stuffed her full of food at Dinner.
* okay, it wasn’t even remotely summer in May this year, but for the sake of a neat framing device we’re going to call it proto-summer.
Then in the last week of August I got up at an absurd hour on a Tuesday morning to catch a flight to Portland, OR to cash in on Jes’s impulsive suggestion that I join them for their summer vacation. Read the rest of this entry »
Dinner – August 19th . . . . A Variation on a Classic
Late Summer Tomato Soup
(baked) Mozzarella Sticks
Braised Garlic Bread
Watermelon Read the rest of this entry »
Dinner – August 12th . . . . Eek! Where Did Summer Go?
Tomatoes with Mozzarella
Beet & Nectarine Terrine
Salad Read the rest of this entry »