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Dinner Out with Sparkling Conversation

Dear Kid,

Listen my child and you shall hear
Of a meal we ate when you weren’t here.

I thought of writing the whole blog in poem, but by the third line of my attempt I’d gone from Paul Revere’s Ride to A Visit From St. Nicholas (Now dash away! Dash away! Dash away all!) and the scan had gotten hopelessly mixed up in my head. Back to narrative.

Last night we went out to dinner. Turns out you need to make reservations more than 20 minutes in advance if you want to take 6 people to dinner on a Saturday night at a trendy spot. We went to Bonefish Grill (which I like very much but I’d been to before and I’d hoped to try one of the new restaurants in town. Apparently so did a lot of other people.).

Puppy: You didn’t take me
Me: You had dinner at home
Puppy: I could have eaten if you’d taken me
Me: You were napping
Puppy: Only after you left me at home!
Me: (I am not going to mention they don’t let dogs in. I am not going to mention they don’t let dogs in. I am not going) Want to play with a toy?
Puppy: I love toys!

I had planned to take photos of dinner and share our culinary experience that way. It was a perfect plan except for the part about me remembering to take photos which I forgot. Completely.

So imagine, if you will, hummus and potsticker appetizers, delightful salads (for some of us), warm bread, delicious entrees, and sparkling conversation. I wouldn’t have known how to photograph the sparkling conversation anyway.

Puppy: Do I have sparkling conversation?
Me: ummm…
Puppy: Scratch me
Me: Yup, that sparkles
Puppy: See? You should have taken me

All in all, a lovely evening.

Puppy: Except for the part about me not going.
Me: I’m sorry to disappoint you, but it was still a lovely evening.
Puppy: Except for the part about me not going.

Except (according to some) for the part about Booker not going.

Hope your day is sparkling.

Love, Mom

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Appetizers, Talking to Google, and Penguins in Santa Hats

Silly penguin appetizers for ChristmasDear Kid,

I have got to learn to be more specific when speaking with (to?) Google.

We are having A Gathering in a few weeks and I thought I’d take a look for do-ahead appetizers. Because “doing-ahead” means less “doing then.” Not to mention getting some of the Cleaning Up After A Kitchen Disaster out of the way.

I asked Google what it thought about finding me recipes for Make Ahead Appetizers. Google, being mostly accommodating, thought that was a fine idea for a search and returned a boatload of options.

There were only three problems. (Side note: it turns out there are always three. It was one of the first things I learned as a consultant in the Days Before You. If you are writing a presentation and you only have two points, you’ve overlooked something [or you’ve gotten sloppy about your thinking]; if you have more than three points, you’ve included something that doesn’t matter [ or you’ve gotten sloppy about your thinking].)

  1. Google and I don’t exactly define “Make Ahead” the same way. To me, it means at least a week or two (or three) in advance. Google seems to think “Make Ahead” means “anytime before the guests arrive.”
  2. I wasn’t clear that I was looking for Easy Do Ahead Recipes. Some of the recipes Google suggested require hundreds of ingredients, a week and a half of prep time, and a battalion of sous chefs. Not exactly what I had in mind.
  3. Google neglected to look at the types of ingredients I typically use. Frozen Yak Tongue is not on my regular grocery list–and I don’t intend to venture that far in pursuit of culinary fun. This is not an episode of Chopped.

So I will continue to search for easy, do-ahead recipes. That are a step or two above “pour chips in bowl and open store-bought dip” but several steps below “thaw frozen yak tongue.”

If you have any ideas, I’m all ears.

Love, Mom

The photo is of silly little penguin appetizers that do not fall into the Make Far in Advance category, but they were so cute I wanted to include the photo. I thought this was going to be a caption, but Word Press is not supporting that theory at the moment, so it’s just a Note.

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