What's Going on Today: Finish nursery school registration for next year - yippee! Grocery store to pick up more cocoa powder.
Tonight's Menu: Grilled Chicken Sausage, Green Salad, Carrot Souffle. Cookies to be baked after bedtime.
Parenting Lesson of the Day: It's amazing the treasures you find at the bottom of a suitcase!
Yesterday I finally finished unpacking from our trip to Charleston earlier this month. It's almost inexcusable that it took me so long to get reorganized, but we've been really busy since we returned and I just didn't have time, or the energy, to tackle the suitcases. As I organized my closets I began reminiscing about everything I wanted to share with you. There is lots to tell, we ate at all sorts of wonderful places like Basil, Cupcake and Brixx - but, above all, the truly best meal I had in Charleston was cooked at the home of my friend's Stuart and Jenny. That's the one you all really should know about.
My friend Jenny of the Super Veggie Tomato Sauce is a great home cook and this meal lived right up to her reputation. The good news is that although her son no longer naps, he now attends preschool allowing her some free time to enjoy cooking each day. (Incidentally, this will be the scenario in my household next year, too.) So, during her free time one Tuesday while, her cutie pie (who wants to date my daughter) was off learning his A, B, C's and Jenny was in the kitchen wrapping salmon in foil packets, marinating potatoes and baking one heck of a delicious blueberry crisp. I swear, her last name isn't Stewart. But it could be.
When we arrived at their house that evening the kids went crazy playing with all of the toys and the adults settled in with a glass of wine to catch up. Jenny, having already coordinated the meal earlier that day, was able to relax with us. Stuart was in charge of the salmon on the grill - not a tough assignment - the potatoes and asparagus went into the oven to roast and the dessert had already been baked. Even more amazingly, her table was set simply and beautifully, check it out below.
The whole meal was perfectly balanced and delicious from start to finish. Ever the consummate hostess she kindly shared the source of her recipes with me so that I could, in turn, pass on her ideas to you. They are all worthy of attention, especially the blueberry crisp. It was filled with rich fruit, topped with soft crumbly crust and it melded perfectly with the small scoop of vanilla ice-cream in our bowls. I can't wait for blueberry season to start here because this is first on my list to make. Thanks Stuart and Jenny for a great meal!
Jenny's Perfect Menu:
Roasted New Potatoes
Martha's Blueberry Crisp
1/2 cup chilled unsalted butter, cut into pieces
8 cups blueberries, washed and drained
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup granulated sugar
Juice of 1 lemon
3/4 cup dark-brown sugar
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 2-quart shallow baking dish and set aside. In a medium bowl, toss blueberries with 1/2 cup flour, the granulated sugar, and lemon juice. Spread evenly in prepared baking dish, pressing down lightly.
2. In a small bowl, mix together brown sugar and the remaining 1/2 cup flour; add butter. Using your fingertips or a pastry blender, mix the butter into the dry ingredients until it looks like coarse irregular crumbs.
3. Spread crumbs over blueberries. Bake for 10 minutes. Reduce the oven temperature to 325 degrees. and bake until the crumbs are browned and the juices have thickened, about one hour. Serve warm with a big scoop of vanilla ice-cream.
Naptime Recipe Variations and Ideas: I have to play with this recipe a tad, but I bet it would be delicious with rhubarb, or even blackberries.
Naptime Stopwatch: Jenny says this took her about 20 minutes to assemble, plus baking time.Naptime Reviews: This is a great dessert for both adults and children. We loved the fruity flavor and my daughter will devour anything with ice-cream in it!