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The end of the year...
October 31, 2005

It just amazes me that tomorrow it will be November, and quickly enough, the year will be over. It seems that time, since we returned from Scotland, as been passing by hastily, the days barely announcing themselves before they're gone again.

I took some time this weekend to have fun with cooking up a lovely Creamy Chicken-Rice-Roasted-Red-Pepper soup, which unfortunately went halfly to waste. I fell asleep before putting the leftovers in the fridge, and Ben didn't do it, so it was puréed in the garbage disposal the next day and sent on its way to the water treatment plant. We ate Frenchly last night, downing 1 1/2 baguettes between us, dipping the bread in a gorgeous olive oil/balsamic vinegar concoction, and spread a cheesy artichoke dip on the open white flesh interior. It was gorgeous, and of course, I had to drink some red wine, or else it just wouldn't have been complete.

I have indeed found a baguette locally that is the closest to the coveted french bread of my memory. The Big Wood company's Organic Baguette found at the Co-Op has a lovely crunchy crust that isn't too dry with a lovely spongy interior that isn't too chewy. It certainly isn't an exact replica, but it will satiate me until I find something better.

Spices!Also in the kitchen this weekend, I introduced a new pan to my All-Clads - a large roaster that will be used for Friendsgiving turkey. It is gorgeous and sitting atop my stove-top grill, and I am running out of cupboard space quickly. I also organized my spices, after receiving the spice racks for the inside of the cupboard (less dusting of the spices = really keen). You can take a look at them on my Flickr.

Since Friendsgiving and Thanksgiving are coming up quickly, I need to start the preparations, which include getting ahold of the dude that raises happy turkeys not too far from here so he'll hold one for me, getting a brining bucket, checking on recipes for pumpkin cheesecake, and other miscellany. Also: note to self: actually get invites together for Friendsgiving. I'm sure the locals already know what's going on, but it doesn't hurt to send out a mailrific reminder.

You can expect more photos of my amazing cooking during the fall and winter, when I tend to cook and bake more. This is all making me v. v. hungry...

PS Happy All Hollow's Eve. I'm not doing anything for it this year. If interested in Halloweeny kind of stuff, look at last year's post. Erm... except the photos aren't working over there for some reason. I'll get them fixed later.


DROOLING over the spicy racks!

Posted by: Ladyface at October 31, 2005 9:32 PM

Wow..that creamy chicken soup you describe sounds totally scrumptious...

Posted by: teahouseblossom at November 3, 2005 10:42 PM