My other new favorite word is...
ROASTED (often found within these pages in close proximity to the word "delicious")!
On the left, Susie Middleton's Smashed Roasted Potatoes (updated to update link, Aug 2009), from Grace Howaniec's (now defunct) column, "Grace Before Dinner." I haven't been steered wrong by Grace yet and these were no exception. Admittedly, I'm a huge potato lover -- Potato Soup (with leeks or bacon or ham or anything -- or without), Potato Pancakes, Mashed Potatoes, Smashed, Baked, Fried, French, American, German, Salad, Scalloped, Au Gratin... you get the picture. I've even had lefse, thanks to my Norwegian (not wicked) stepmother -- and love it (however, not so the accompanying lutefisk -- that was rather wicked)! I think my potatoes were a tiny bit big and I forgot to flip them half-way through the cooking time, so they were a little less crispy but absolutely delicious! I will definitely make these again (possibly with a little less and/or a lighter oil, possibly not).
On the right, one of several batches of Peace and Sereknitty's Roasted Tomato Sauce that I made late last summer. (It's a very pretty scroll down on that last link, almost to the bottom, for the recipe.) I'd used it freshly roasted a couple of times, but put up most of it in the freezer. On Monday, I used some in place of the usual store-bought can of tomatoes for lasagna and it was dee-licious! I don't think I'll ever be able to use canned again.
This weekend I plan to make Carole's Roast Beef Soup, which not only looks delicious (and has been bookmarked on Bloglines since that day, so it's the first thing I
drool over see every day when I check her new posts), it also comes highly recommended by Ann -- no culinary slouch, either, that one. Meanwhile, Carole has also recently posted about Cream Puffs and now a recipe for Artichokes French! I have been twice to Rhinebeck, twice in the line for Artichokes French (shared them once with Carole herself) -- they are absolutely delicious and now I can't wait to make THAT recipe, too. ; )
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For those of you interested in the knitting: I am working on the bottom part of Williamsro. That's my official UFO project for February; St. Brigid's new cuffs are second runner-up.
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I cannot let this day pass without mentioning my brother, Michael. I've been extra emotional this week -- Michael on my mind more than I realized, I guess, my aunt's memorial celebration coming up this weekend, the death of my best friend's mother on Monday, some other things... It was one year ago this morning that I spotted the emergency medical transport helicopter in the sky on my way to work -- unbeknownst to me, it was on the way to the scene of an accident that my brother was so very lucky to have survived. Brain surgery that day, back surgery on his birthday/St. Patrick's Day, and several weeks in a coma later... well, he will never be pain-free, will never feel exactly the same, but... he is so amazingly here and with it, walking and talking, alive and well. And tonight, I hope he will be feeling NO PAIN, rocking out and celebrating life with THE RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS! Rock on, bro!
Bob Woodward's "To Iraq and Back" on ABC last night struck some chords. Wow. I can't find a direct link, but it's available to watch online.
The love and support that I felt from the blogging community at that time was indescribable and indispensable. I later printed out all the posts and comments from that time to share that with Michael and his wife. And I was honored to wrap him in the knit-blogger blanket of love, all those heartfelt squares so beautifully sewn up by Christine. "Thank you" never did (and never will) seem like enough for any of it.
And yet, before I end up in tears... Thank you, again. Yay Michael.
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Birdsong and her family could use some of that indescribable support right now.
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I'm a happy recruit in
McHale's Navy Norma's Army in the battle against rudeness -- first spotted at Cara's, recently at Stephanie's. I'm wearing garlic, myself, and hoping that the March lion blows in bearing manners in abundance. Yes?
Thank you for reading, I think I'm finished now. Whatever will I blog about tomorrow...