Tuesday, September 29, 2009
taught Luke to say cheese
Now when he sees the camera he says cheese.
See for yourself.
And here he is pretending to take a cell phone picture of himself.
Saying cheese of course.
This cheese thing is producing lots a fake Luke faces.
I hope he shakes the habit for picture taking sake!
Three party food items to be exact.
1. Potato-Fennel Gratin courtesy of the Barefoot Contessa.
Rich and satisfying.
Oh, and you can make this a day or two ahead and reheat in the oven.
Perfect for parties, company, or a cold evening.
Did I mention you can make this ahead of time?
2. Corn & Tomato Salad from Linda’s Summer 2009 Saladpalooza
This was my favorite salad from this summer’s saladpalooza.
Hang on to this gem for next summer, you won’t be sorry.
¼ cup chopped fresh basil
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 teaspoons lime juice
1 teaspoon sugar
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon pepper
2 cups corn (if frozen, thawed)
2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
1 cup chopped seeded peeled cucumber
Mix basil, oil, lime juice, sugar, salt and pepper. In a large bowl, combine the corn, tomatoes and cucumber. Drizzle with dressing and toss to coat. Refrigerate until serving.
Cooks notes: I use way more lime juice and even toss in a little zest. We have used fresh corn cooked in the microwave for this recipe all summer.
3. King Arthur Flour’s Chocolate Indulgence Cake.
My mom and I think it might be the best chocolate cake e v e r.
E V E R.
Thank goodness Linda’s birthday
is next month. I was look for
a good reason to enjoy
this cake again.
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Many thanks to Tata and Cido!
They opened their home to us on
just hours notice…
rain forced us to switch our location from
our Chesapeake Bay outside picnic point
to the warm and dry comfort of
And many thanks to Lindy and Papa Joe
for all-around party assistance.
Master Luke, two years old
Luke, Camille, baby in belly, Faris
What Master Luke calls an "everybody kiss"
l to r: carla, joe, carolyn, ned, nader
l to r: ned, carla, luke, nabil, roula
l to r: raja, jenna, joe
background: alice, linda
l to r: luke, roula, adriana
l to r: alice, uninvited guest, linda
"happy birthday luke" on the vases
Since I was anticipating an outside barbeque
I gathered together the forks, knives, and napkins
and secured each bundle with a napkin ring
made out of a trimmed down paper towel holder.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Luke and I made banana bread this afternoon.
Baking is a wonderful thing to do on an overcast afternoon
with rain drops threatening to spoil outside fun.
I’m posting two snippets of video,
I hope you enjoy.
Luke translation: When I ask what are we making he says “Baba soon” which is what he says when he wakes up from his afternoon nap because he knows his father (Baba) will be home soon.