Good Morning, Good Morning!
It’s 48 degrees out right now! This may be something crazy to be excited over, but it feels like heaven compared to the bitter cold we’ve been experiencing these past few days.
Yesterday after work, I met Brian at our local Binny’s so that we could stock up on some booze for the winter. If you are a Binny’s fan like me, you should know that they are having some ridiculously awesome sales right now when you use your Binny’s card. Needless to say, we went a little crazy.
If you can’t tell we are big fans of the Hendricks. Also, we stocked up on some of our mixers including the various San Pellegrino flavors. These are so delicious to mix with tequila!
Brian and I are having a couple friends over for dinner this weekend so we wanted to make sure there were good choices for whatever people’s tastes are. After we put everything away, we went over the menu so that I can prep for a big grocery trip after work today. What are we making? I’ll tell yah!
-Good stinky cheese
-Fresh torn baguette
-Salad with arugula and pomegranate arils
-Coq Au Vin with herbed noodles
-More fresh torn baguette to soak up the delicious juices
-Homemade chocolate mousse with fresh berries
You may or may not have detected a bit of a theme, I was really trying to bring my Paris memories back to life.
This dinner is the first of many festive dinners to come. Remember that life is all about balance and doing what you love. I love to eat and I love to drink, so to counter this passion I will definitely be hitting up the gym early in the morning! I still need to figure out what kind of ‘side’ I will be bringing to my parents Thanksgiving dinner. Last year, I brought Ina Garten’s Roasted Butternut Squash Salad with Warm Cider Vinaigrette and it was a major hit. Honestly, Thanksgiving is not my favorite meal of the year. I LOVE LOVE LOVE fresh turkey – especially my dad’s smoked turkey – but the ‘traditional’ sides are kinda unappetizing to me. Why would someone make a green bean casserole when you can have fresh crisp green beans with drizzled olive oil, lemon juice and crumbled goat cheese one top. Doesn’t that sound better, or is it just me?
I know, it’s just me. My stomach doesn’t do well with cream, milk or a lot of butter – which pretty much everything Thanksgiving side dish has… hence why Thanksgiving is not my favorite holiday. I do, however, enjoy leftover turkey sandwiches, watching massive amounts of football and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade!
Back to my original thought, any suggestions on a delicious fresh side that does not involve lots of cream, milk or butter?! Yesterday I checked out Kath’s recent post over at Kath Eats Real Food and thought that her Ultimate Fall Wheatberry Salad might be a winner. Here is the tricky part though… my dad doesn’t like fruit. Ha! Back to the drawing board…
Time to chill with Bailey and eat some tacos.