I was going to get so much done today, but I'm worn out from M.E.'s cold. Her cold has kept her up, which means I've been up too. M.E. was feeling well enough to go for her Sunday visit with Grandma, so I stayed in my pj's and lounged around. Bee and Lee did a little cleaning and plaster repair, but all I did was feed our animals, wash load of laundry, and play with paper dolls. M.E especially liked these at Wee Wonderfuls .
Bee made the best soup today! We have too many cookbooks cluttering up our kitchen shelves. It seems like we never use them. We've decided to try recipes from one cookbook each week. Maybe we'll eventually try something from all of them and weed out the one's we're never going to use. The soup Bee made today is from Potluck at Midnight Farm: Celebrating Food, Family and Friends on Martha's Vineyard. It's a gimmicky sort of book written by a person who hangs out with celebrities and with recipes contributed by celebrities. Not the kind of cookbook I'd normally even look at, but I was drawn to it because of the wonderful impression of Martha's Vineyard given to me by folks I knew back when I was a waitress. Some of the women I worked with would take time off our regular restaurant job every summer so they could go wait tables at Martha's Vineyard. They said it was such a cool, laid back place that even working there felt like a vacation. I always thought I'd like to try it one summer, but I never did. I got the book cheap and figured I could pass it on to someone else if it wasn't any good. Most of the food in it looks relatively simple to make, which is one of the reasons I picked that book to try first. The soup Bee made was Roasted Chicken and Wild Rice Chowder which was contributed to the book by a chef named Christian Thornton. I don't usually like wild rice, but it's just right in this soup. There were also nice chunks of chicken breast, potatoes, carrots, onions and celery. It was seasoned with fresh herbs, heavy cream and bacon. Pretty much any recipe that includes bacon and heavy cream is going to get a thumbs-up around our house. We ate a lot, but the recipe serves ten, so we have plenty left for tomorrow. I took a pic but I'm not any good at photography and it came out blurry. Also my oyster crackers were blocking the view of the tasty soup:
Later this week I want to make Mary Steenburgen's Corn Spoon Pudding. It looks pretty heavy, so maybe we'll have it with big dinner salads.
M.E. came home from Grandma's looking very glamorous. They'd been playing Beauty Shop Lady and M.E. made-up both their faces.
You should have seen her grandmother.