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The rest of the weekend

11 Jul

After my cooking class, I was in a slight food coma and remembered that we had early dinner plans at Matchbox. Miss H does not like the stroller anymore and prefers to walk everywhere. The streets of Chinatown are not the ideal place for chasing her around but Kerry did a great job 🙂 Miss H is not always happy about the ‘help’ she gets and does not quite get that it is for safety.

Where’s Mom?

I somehow found room to eat more delicious food. We had great pizza and a great visit with friends. Miss H enjoyed herself too- she mastered drinking out of a straw (but did not like the freezer headache from trying to suck down the ice cold water too fast) and enjoyed playing with the ball of pizza dough that our waiter was so nice to supply.

I have always heard from my parents and my friends that have kids that the odds objects will become the favorite toys. Lately, for Miss H the favorites have been food containers, plastic spoons and straws. This weekend- add the tape measure.

Maybe she is our future fashion designer?

Really the only thing accomplished this morning, was Miss H figuring out how to get herself onto the sofa.

After a lazy morning, we decided to go out to eat again and enjoy the nice weather. Southside was packed and while Kerry had lunch, I took advantage of the brunch menu. Miss H enjoyed a grilled cheese and decided the best way to eat it was to poke the pieces with a straw. Kerry joined in with this new found utensil.

Genius, right?

We enjoyed a nice walk- it is much slower when one of the people in the group is only 30 inches tall- and were home to catch the World Cup game. Well, Kerry watched the game, Miss H napped and I headed to the pool for some sun and reading time. Hope everyone had a great weekend!

Cooking Class

11 Jul

I spent yesterday morning taking an ‘All American Classics’ cooking class with Leigh at L’Academie de Cuisine. Our instructor joked about having a cardiologist on call considering the menu but it was all delicious. Dieters beware of the recipes below.

All recipes are from Bonnie Moore (our teacher extraordinaire and former chef at the Inn at Little Washington). Photos are compliments of my Blackberry 🙂

First, we made Pigs in a Blanket.  Yum.

Then we tried to master making our own mayonaise and completely failed. When the directions say slowly whisk in oil- it means really, really, very, very slowly whisk it in.

But, the second time- we got the hang of it and it was much better (and a totally different color) than the store stuff. I learned today that mayo should be made with egg yolk, oil and dijon mustard. We used the mayo as a base for our bleu cheese dressing and our remoulade.

The dressing was for our Wedge of Iceberg Salad.

The remoulade for our Fried Green Tomatoes.

Then it was on to the yummiest mac and cheese.

Fried Chicken.

And, Pineapple Upside Down Cake.

Seriously, see why the cardiologist was going to be around. Heart attack on a plate.

Everything was great. I think my favorite was the cake. I had never made a cake in a skillet before but it will definitely be made again soon!

Thinking there was no way I was going to eat another thing for the rest of the day we went out to dinner. More to come on the rest of the weekend later….