Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Carl and Carol cook Chinese

Carl and Carol are visiting Mom and Dad from China! They offered to cook traditional Chinese food for dinner, and Ben and I were lucky enough to be invited! They started things off with a greens soup with egg.

These chicken wings with vegetables were SPICY!!! Spicy delicious!

Carl and Carol cooking!

Dad helped stir!

They also made fried rice, and a steamed egg dish with tofu and Chinese mushrooms (that they brought over dehydrated from China and were MY FAVORITE!!!).

Fried rice!

Dessert was boiled red beans with sugar and orange peel.

What a special treat! It was really fun getting to know Carl and Carol.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Happy Father's Day!

The family got together at Mom and Dad's house tonight to celebrate Father's Day! Mom made delicious Chicken Marbella. I brought macaroons (unpictured)!

It turned into a Unicorn Pegasus bonanza! Please note the gold embellished details, which were Little Kate's idea:



Carol, who is visiting from China!

Carol's husband Carl, who requested a "wild" unicorn pegasus:



Group photo!

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Fruity Cooking Club

Nancy hosted cooking club at her pool this afternoon, and the theme was fruit! Summer made Governor's Mansion Peach Sweet Tea Punch (with bourbon).

Yumi made a couscous salad with pine nuts, pomegranates and fresh herbs. Her couscous was the fluffiest I've ever had!

Nancy made strawberry avocado salsa.

Emily brought some fresh cherries she'd gotten at the market that morning.

I made crostini with goat cheese, fresh peaches and basil.


Summer made a tomato pie!

Nancy's second round of avocadoness was baked avocados with cheese! They were melt-in-your-mouth delicious.

Valerie made lemon cheesecake mousse!

Miss Charlotte enjoyed everything!

We ALL loved that mousse.

After our feast, we played euchre!

What a dreamy day!

Sunday, June 05, 2016

Nelsonville Music Festival

This year marks my first time attending the Nelsonville Music Festival! After years of hearing everyone talk about how much fun it is. I went out Saturday afternoon with Mom, and back out again today. There were storms off and on throughout the weekend, but there was also plenty of sun.

This afternoon, I was excited to see Kiss the Viper's Fang (David Bowie tribute with Marco Benevento and Superhuman Happiness). Mom and I managed to duck under the roof of the press tent porch as the rain poured down. We watched the first few songs from there, peeking through the tie-dye booth! It was a great location!

The rain cleared up and I headed back out. I ran into Melissa and her family! Blast from the past!

Vana and Skye were there too!

Really bizarre weather.

The sun came back in full effect for Randy Newman! I met up with Summer for this one.

Crappy Jumbotron photo.

Family portrait!

Monday, May 30, 2016

Happy Memorial Day

Mom and Dad hosted a Memorial Day cookout today!

Dad grilled up some Edwards Burgers and bratwursts.

Yum! I brought tortellini salad.

Matching outfits!! You can't see it, but Dad's wearing American Flag shorts. We'll try to get a full-body shot on the Fourth of July. STAY TUNED.

Mer made strawberry shortcake with fresh berries she picked that morning. YUM!

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Springy Cooking Club

It's my month to host cooking club, and I often gravitate toward themes with very little structure. The theme I chose was "Springy," as in, "make something that you feel like eating this Spring." It worked quite well!

Emily brought a fresh baguette with butter, radishes, and salt. What a simple but satisfying spring appetizer!

She also made fresh strawberry lemonade. Look at that color!

Summer attempted to recreate the tropical nachos we ate in Naples.

She did a great job! These were a delicious rendition. That cheese sauce! They were served on fried wontons and topped with mojo pulled pork, finely-diced pineapples, jalapenos, and three-cheese sauce.

Yumi made an asparagus soup with mushrooms. So fresh!!

Emily made potstickers!

I love summertime cooking clubs because we usually get to have Nancy's sister Valaree as a special guest at least once. I was lucky enough to get to have her at MY cooking club! She made this delicious lemony quinoa salad with chickpeas, walnuts, radishes, and fresh herbs.

Valarie made this amazing peas, pea shoots, and mushroom gratin type side dish that was my favorite thing of the night!! I loooooove mushrooms so much.

I made shaved asparagus grilled pizzas!

The pizza went well with the cheesy peas and mushrooms.

Nancy made rhubarb crisp with rhubarb ice cream! DOUBLE RHUBARB!

Spring flowers. Thanks again to my messageboard ladies for the portrait of Charlie. It's been so nice kind of feeling like he's still a part of things.