Probably the last year for second grader Anna to believe that Santa will come and eat that plate of cookies and the carrots will be eaten by the reindeer. We had a Polish Christmas eve honoring Erika’s father’s heritage
Friends joined me for tea, even though they weren’t in Pittsburgh.
You can see out the kitchen back door window to the back porch and garage, the bare trees. The shortest day of light. Winter officially here.
Two dear friends in KY sent a shipment of fancy English muffins and the Fed Ex man delivered them Wednesday afternoon. It seemed a good time to split one, toast it and spread some butter (with my Grandmother’s silver butter knife) and spoon some apricot preserves.
Went to fire up the kettle to brew tea but I’d burned the kettle dry on Monday so boiled a pot of water to make the tea. Pulled out the camera on the phone to capture the scene
Oranges were on sale 10 for $2 today and lately they were almost a dollar apiece.
A faithful blog reader in Virgina, C, (and best friend of a my good friend J in Omaha) made me the little quilted mug mat last year and it was J who gave me the lidded butter dish another year. The Botanic Garden mug matches my mother’s cereal bowls.
I was home alone but in the presence of friends and family remembered. Finding the joy of winter. My neighbor called to report a vibrant rainbow spotting and perhaps I could photograph it. i went outside and it was still raining and saw the colored arch across the street. I photographed it but it didn’t make the cut for posting but i appreciate when people see something and I come to mind. There was thunder and lightning, too.
Yes, that is a stack of woven potholders on the left counter top.
We ate at Thelma’s Chicken and Waffles with an appetizer of Fried Green Tomatoes-
Erika ordered a Vegetable Platter and Cornbread
And I ate their specialty- Chicken and Waffles. What else? oh yes, that would be a side of home fried potatoes.
and from the Historic Roanoke City Market website I found the vendor names
Julia & Gary Goad- Julia wearing a shawl she knit in 3 weeks of television time.I bought some fragrant & pretty soaps. Yellow Mountain Crafts
and this man in the cowboy hat was explaining how bottles have belly buttons- an outie vs. an innie hmmmmm!
Name: Dave & Kyle Kelsheimer
Business Name: Lunarscapes
Location: Rocky Mount
Vendor since: 2006
Products: Specialize in slumped glass wine & liquor bottles (table art)
Mr. Johnny Liakos has worked here at the Weiner Stand for MORE than fifty years. Here is an article on him and the famous hot dog stand in downtown Roanaoke, Virginia. I was photographing him through the side glass window, reflection and all and he motioned for me to come on in and photograph him. Seriously. And he stood there waiting for me, interrupting the flow of bun and dogs for a full minute.
The annual making of the cranberry-orange relish. I don’t make this any other time of year.I’ve heard lots of different renditions of cranberries and everyone has their favorite. My mother used to use a metal meat grinder and screw it onto a table or chair with a woven potholder to keep the wood from being marred. Her recipe was strictly cranberries and navel orange. I add a Granny Smith and today a HoneyCrisp as well. I used to have one of those grinders and ground relish with Mark when he was a boy in the same manner as my mother. My friend J from Omaha gave me her MagiMix French Processor when she got a Cuisinart. That was more than 25 years ago and it still works. It has a European plug so I have to keep a little extra piece to plug it in. So two bags of cranberries, washed and drained, two oranges, two apples(peel on) 1 3/4 C sugar.
That is all there is to it. Refreshing and tart and sweet simultaneously. And thanks to Susan K for the Turkey towels. Very festive.
Happy Thanksgiving. I will put the bowl in a cardboard box so it doesn’t spill and drive to dinner at the other Grandma’s.
Renaissance Hotel- Columbus Ohio. Last week- Friday- 11-11-11. My brother and sister ate the Steel Cut Oatmeal and fruit. I had the two eggs, potatoes and bacon with wheat toast. I should have captured theirs to contrast my plate. Many wonderful Breakfasts by fellow bloggers this week so you might want to check them out if you are hungry. Everything from Porridge to Quail Eggs. Most days it is a cup of coffee and toast for me as I fly out to school but here is what I ordered at the fancy hotel.
A winning combination. A friend and neighbor asked me over tonight. We hadn’t seen each other in weeks. It was good to catch up. Hear about what we’ve been up to and the places we have gone. I read that article asking Do You Bore People? so I tried to not talk about the computer crash and the necessity of a new hard drive but it was difficult cause she missed my data loss experience. But enough on that already- AND look what her husband picked up on his way home! Lovely custard and fruit-topped tarts with a mug of hot tea to accompany the tart. It is good to have friends, especially in this beginning season of darkness and cold.
Last week’s challenge. I think the idea of the weekly challenge is to accomplish it in the week it is presented. I am LATE.
Comfort is so individual. It came to mind when I got home from school today and wanted to make comfort food for supper. Pulled out the lone can of Campbell’s tomato soup from the pantry shelf and added a can of milk. Stirred it with a whisk over the gas flame. Yes, I know it has too much sugar and salt in it. Some taste of childhood perhaps speaks to me. I put shreds of extra sharp cheddar in the bottom of the bowl and pour the hot soup on top. Not to mention the grilled cheese sandwich to accompany it, grilled in the cast iron skillet. A slice of cheddar and a slice of swiss. Pepperidge Farm White Bread. We are talking comfort here. And it was that loaf that inspired the menu too. (thanks Steve for that) Or maybe the upcoming field trip to the Warhol museum with the eighth graders this Thursday brought the can of soup to mind! Oh, the school day disappeared in the warmth of the soup, the melted gooey cheese with the toasty grilled buttery bread. Life is good. One fast shot with the trusty iPhone (Old model, no line for me) before savoring the simple comfort on a chilly autumn afternoon. And J remember the woman who used to come and help you in Kentucky and you’d make her a grilled cheese for lunch and she’d ask you to “burn it a little!”. She came to mind as I tried to NOT burn the bread. Dessert was a Farmer’s Market new apple, sliced and cored and three gingersnaps. What is your comfort food?
Remember the garlic our brother sent from Okanogan WA? Well, today our friends S and C from FL were in town and schools were closed due to Rosh Hashanah and Mary made us a delicious lunch. Forty Clove Garlic Chicken! There are a ton of different recipes online but she used 4 large chicken breasts with bone-in and then cut them in half. Rice and steamed green beans with a touch of butter. And her balsamic fruit salad. It was delicious. We finished the lunch with a scoop of Jeni’s Salty Caramel ice cream (made in Columbus OH but bought in Whole Foods) and a Gingersnap.
Going back to school has been an adjustment. The weather changed and is cool and damp. Donned a sweatshirt and even put the hood up (thanks Laura for leaving your Marquette hoodie in the drawer) Tonight my friend brought over a pot of Marcella Hazan’s Spaghetti Meat Sauce. Carrots and onions, some wine, cream, fresh tomatoes (I will have to ask for the specific recipe if anyone would like it) Steve brought some salad and a crusty loaf of Italian. J brought the cheese to grate over the pasta. The pasta was the thickest I had ever seen and just delicious. It went well with the thick meaty sauce. We had a nice meal together and good conversation, some laughs and though I was tired from teaching, the dinner was satisfying and appreciated. A real spirit lifter! Thanks J!