Saturday, February 10, 2018

French cooking club

Emily hosted this month's cooking club, and the theme was French! Somehow, in all these years, we have never done french!

Emily started us off with an apéritif, a Kir Royal! A Kir is crème de cassis topped up with white wine or champagne.

Watching the cocktail magic! Valaree was in town, so she joined us for the evening. It's always a treat when we have Valaree at cooking club!


A Frenchy by the fire.

We enjoyed some appetizers by the fire. Radis au beurre, which is simply radishes with butter inside! You dip them in salt right before you eat. So simple, but SO delicious. Petites tomates, and canapés de saumon fumé sur concombres.

Toasts with Pâté and cornichons (little tiny baby pickles!! so cute!).

Nancy made a Pissaladière, an onion tart with anchovies and olives.

We had to seriously pace ourselves, because there were still five courses ahead of us.

Emily telling us a bit about the French hors d'oeuvres.

Baguette, of course! From Athens Bread Company.

Yumi coming up with a strategy for cooking her fish.

Whatever the strategy was, she nailed it! This was the fish course, and it was a steamed sea bass with a dried porchini saffron broth, topped with fried leeks. The broth was delightful! The fish was cooked perfectly.

Each course is served with a different wine. This was served with a Vouvray.

Lots of wine.

The next course was plat principal. The main course! We had Pommes de terre persillées (literally apples of the earth, parsleyed)...

Baked spinach made by Valaree...

And Boeuf Bourgignon. The famous Julia Child's recipe!

Bon Appétit!

The next course was Salade. Yumi made this, and it was butter lettuce and arugula as the base, with sugar snap peas, apples, and almonds, with lemon/honey dressing.

Emily has an amazing old French cookbook, L’ART CULINAIRE FRANÇAISE copyright 1950.

Then there were still more courses. OMG. Time for the cheese course! We had St. André triple crème, Bleu d’Auvergne, and Berner Alpkäse (Swiss, not French)

And finally for dessert, Nancy made Crème brûlée. It was perfection.

Our beautiful bilingual hostess! We had a lovely time in France for the evening. Au revoir!

Monday, February 05, 2018

Happy birthday, Vana!

Tonight we celebrated Vana's birthday eve out at Vana, Joe, and Jasper's house! The whole family was there, and we feasted on pulled pork sandwiches, salad, tofu, baked beans and potato salad. With blueberry and key lime pies for dessert. We had a super fun time playing bowl of nouns! The only unfortunate thing is that the only picture I got was this one of the beans:

Happy birthday, Vana!

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

🍕🍕🍕Pizza party!! 🍕🍕🍕

Today team ACM cashed in on the free pizzas that we won for OHIO's 12th annual gingerbread contest. PIZZA PARTY! The pizzas were from Baker Catering and they were HEAVY DUTY.

This is basically pizza porn. Look at those big pillowy slices!



Yes please!

Winning sure does taste good!

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Fire and Ice cooking club

Tonight was Fire and Ice cooking club at Valerie's house. Summer, Valerie and I were the chefs. There was a lot of fiery action this evening, so I put together a quick video.

Now for the photos. Look at that table. Fire and ice!!

Yumi brought Dragon wine. Dragons breathe FIRE!

I made Fairytale of New York cocktails. To make them, you first brew up a winter warmth simple syrup, so drinking them is like warming yourself by the fire.

Summer made spicy fennel and black peppercorn drumsticks on the fiery hot grill.

Hot, hot, hot!

I made refreshing iceberg wedge salads to cool things down.

Lady in red, with fire behind her and an icy wedge in front!

Grilled bread to go with.

Valerie surprised us with LED ice cubes! They don't light up until they make contact with the water. So cool!

Chatting while the chefs cook!

Spicy hot chicken legs! With a cooling creamy gorgonzola sauce.


Valerie made shrimp scampi. Flambé!


Summer made spicy chocolate ice cream.

To go with Val's Crepe Suzette!

So much yum!

Monday, January 22, 2018

Sitting alone in the dark staring at the water bowl

Emma is obsessed with the water bowl in the bathroom. She sits in there, in the dark, just staring at it. Sometimes she'll drink it. Often she'll stick her paw in and flick water droplets all over the room.

She's soooo weird! I fill it up multiple times a day with fresh water. I have to, because of her sticking her paws in there all the time. It gets dirty and hairy! Cats are so weird.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Happy birthday, Mom!

We had a birthday dinner for Mom at our house tonight!

Birthday ice.

Chicken tikka masala!



Mer made a delicious and beautiful coconut cake.

Happy birthday to Mom! Make a wish!

Surprise inside! It's funfetti!

Kate snuggling Felix.