Thursday, April 24, 2014
From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...We had our second Easter dinner tonight. The first, which also happened to be our 51st wedding anniversary, was a bit of a disaster. Truth be told, I nearly cremated a leg of lamb that I thought was safely spinning on the spit of our new grill. Like Enrico, the troubadour in Il Trovatore, I was distracted and in my haste to start, finish and prioritize chores, I left both burners, as well as the rotisserie element of the grill on high. Within 40 minutes there was an inch of char covering my gorgeous, and I might add pricey, leg of lamb. Needless-to-say, we had pizza, as well as some interesting side dishes, for dinner Sunday night. Determined to do better, and to prove to myself that some kitchen witch had not stolen my culinary prowess, I recreated our Easter dinner tonight. I'm happy to report I still have game. The Silver Fox loved the brownies I made for dessert, so I thought I'd share them with you. I know you already have a gazillion recipes for brownies, but these German chocolate bars are so nice that I thought they might entice you to add just one more recipe to your collection. The recipe is based on one that first appeared in Cook's Country magazine, so rest assured, the brownies are worth your time, effort and dinero. I know you will enjoy them. Here is how they are made.
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...It's been a busy day. The stitches were finally removed from my right eye and the doctor was pleased with the state of both transplants. You probably heard the huge sigh of relief that inadvertently escaped my lips when he gave me the news. That gave the Silver Fox and me an excuse to celebrate, and the good news happened to coincide with a break in the weather. We decided to take a long walk along the river bank and have our first picnic of the season. These Greek-style chicken wraps were the mainstay of today's picnic basket. I'm not overly fond of wraps but these are exceptionally good and I think you will enjoy them as much as I do. I like to make them the night before I plan to serve them. To keep them fresh, I double wrap the rolls. First, they are rolled in several layers of just-moist paper towels and then sealed with plastic wrap before they are refrigerated and the flavors have a chance to blend. I do hope you'll try these amazingly tasty wraps. They are fast and easy to prepare and they make a perfect meal for dieters and those seeking a healthy alternative to standard lunch fare. Here is how these delicious wraps are made.
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...It's happened again. I woke up this morning, the same person who went to bed last night, but everything around me had changed. It is a Kafkaesque moment commonly experienced by those who move a lot, and find their taproots were not strong enough to hold them in the place they were born. Moves come in endless varieties and are made for various reasons. Those made when you have a baby in arms and a toddler pulling at your skirts are especially difficult. They are matched only by the wrenching sever that takes you from the home in which you've raised your family to smaller quarters. The Silver Fox and I are of the generation that was frequently moved by corporations for which they worked, so we are no strangers to the process, and it's fair to say we've been around the block a time or two more than most. Those were physically easy moves that required no effort to accomplish, save for the opening of a door at both ends. Then there are moves like the one we have just finished. It has been more difficult than most, and while the best I can say is that it is over, I must also say I realized this morning that Bob and I are, however trite it may sound, really beginning the first day of the rest of our lives. I love new beginnings and their possibilities and I think I'm going to love this new life that has come my way. Stayed tuned, but before you go take a look at this recipe for carmelitas. It is a winner and the carmelitas will cure anything that ails you. That includes moving.