And I aim to please. With gorgeous weather predicted for this Memorial Day weekend, I knew I’d have to break out the smoker, and what better way to kick off the summer than with a 7 1/2-pound pork butt?
It’s been an interesting 10 days or so here, a stretch of time in which I managed to do almost no cooking, if you can believe it! Oh sure, there was the Greek chicken experiment of last weekend in which I discovered a deep dislike of dried oregano, which tastes a lot like aspirin to me. But once it was scraped off, the leftover chicken was pretty good in a cobbled-together chicken and broccoli casserole in cheese sauce — nothing fancy, but it warmed me during the cold days at the beginning of the week.
Last Wednesday night was for dining out in the city. I met up with Claudia of cook eat FRET at Insieme for a getting-to-know-you dinner and had an absolute ball. The food ranged from sublime (Oh, branzino, where have you been all my life?) to Why Is This Even On the Menu? (Sweetbreads, liver, etc. appetizer — I’m looking at you), but bookending the meal with a rye-based Manhattan and pear eau de vie turned out to be a really good idea, and made the late bus ride home much more enjoyable than it otherwise would have been. And Claudia? She […]
Our friends John & Liz had a pool party at their place in Wappingers Falls yesterday, so Gil and I took Astrid out for a spin. There was swimming and grilling and socializing with people from 8 months to 80 years — all in all, a very relaxing day and a great start to the weekend.
In an odd reversal of patterns, Gil spent a lot of time snapping pictures while I spent my time socializing when I wasn’t sampling the goodies from the grill. I tend to be pretty anxious in party settings so it was wonderful to relax and have such an easy time of it yesterday. One of the women I met was an elderly widowed neighbor of our friends who had so many interesting observations and tales to tell — she’s traveled extensively, has broad interests, and is completely in love with her life. On a recent three-day visit to the city, she managed to visit SIX museums, see a Broadway show, and dine at Le Cirque […]