READING: The Bread Baker's Apprentice by Peter Reinhart. Another cooking/baking blog along...just couldn't help myself. Some of my favorite TWD bakers found out about this group (BBA) that was just starting (limit 200 bakers), and I was encouraged to join in and learn how to bake all kinds of bread. With Yeast. And all sorts of varieties requiring all sorts of new techniques. So, on every other Monday I will post the bread I made for the class. Shelley's doing it, too.
LISTENING TO: The Grass Roots...remember them? OMW...found them, dusted them off, and now am wondering how time could have gone so fast...feels like I am still the girl in high school listening to them while I am doing my homework.
COOKING THROUGH: Le Cordon Bleu at Home (Le Cordon Bleu School of Cooking), this week's assignment is Gratin de Fruits au Marasquin (Fruit Gratin with Maraschino Liqueur), page 376; Baking: From My Home to Yours (Dorie Greenspan), this week's recipe is Fresh Mango Bread, and can be found on page 45; The Bread Baker's Apprentice (Peter Reinhart), this week's recipe is Anadama Bread, and can be found on pages 108-109. You can cook/bake along, too!
FAV NEW FIND: All the blooming flowers around here! Above is a photo of the Siberian Iris bed down by the pool...and YES, the pool is finally OPEN! Not swimming yet, too rainy, but it is just there waiting. Thank you, Bill!
FAV THING TODAY: Well, okay, this was yesterday: lunch with Margaret. You might remember that Margaret and I are eating our way through the alphabet for lunch, originally intended for a once a week or every other week occurrence, (in order) according to restaurant names as her husband Rex started this with his co-workers and we thought it would be fun. I think Rex and his co-workers have made it through the whole alphabet, in order, at least twice. Margaret and I are on "D" and we have been at this for 17 months...as you can see, we haven't been very diligent. We went to Dooley's here in Carmel and had, in honor of Cathy who recently made these for her Derby party and I had not a clue what they were, a Hot Brown sandwich. (The cholesterol poster child's nightmare, but very tasty and worth a splurge just to see what all the fuss was about.) It came with chips but Margaret and I replaced those with steamed broccoli to ease our guilt at eating cheese sauce over turkey, ham, bacon, and tomato, all on an open face bun. This Hot Brown business is really really good...no more than once a year, but maybe on Derby Day each year.... Favorite part of lunch, however, was learning that Kate has received a full ride scholarship for tuition, fees, expenses, etc. to college for four years. We are so proud of you, Kate! And, to Margaret and Rex: great job homeschooling that girl all these years...she is a gem!
GOING TO: Well, it's a swim weekend...prelim/finals sessions together, so that means Matt swims Friday night, Saturday morning, and Sunday morning only...no evening sessions, which is a good thing as he has some lifeguard thing Saturday afternoon, followed by an IYC concert Saturday evening, and on Sunday afternoon he has an IYC rehearsal. I could not keep this boy's schedule. We will be the parents, following the child about this weekend, and also have a few other things going on of our own, so no doubt the weekend will pass quickly.
PRAYING FOR: Seniors...taking their final exams, getting ready for graduation, looking toward their futures...as I was subbing up at Guerin today, I could feel it in the air...they are getting ready for flight, and come next fall, I will be missing them dreadfully...praying for all the seniors, please join me.