(Trying to) Have a Nice Dinner

A friend of mine made a bunch of these cool candle holders from “sparkling-cider” bottles for a ladies’ lunch with an Italian food theme. After the lunch was over, she said they were up for grabs, so I took a pair. I think they are very beautiful, reminiscent of red-checked-tableclothed restaurants and violin trios playing.Continue reading “(Trying to) Have a Nice Dinner”

Don’t Mess With My Dinner

I ordered a pizza one day last week with a “plan-ahead” order. I know what you’re thinking: Me? Plan ahead? That’s crazy talk! But on this occasion I did. Amazing, huh? But I digress… The pizza was supposed to be delivered at 5:30. By about five p.m. I was getting hungry, and at 5:30 I was lookingContinue reading “Don’t Mess With My Dinner”

Baked Shrimp Scampi

This is a Barefoot Contessa recipe I made last week. Delicious! Of course, my version was slightly less pretty. And I took out some of the complications. Here’s the recipe, with my modifications in (Notes): Baked Shrimp Scampi 2 pounds shrimp in the shell 3 tablespoons good olive oil 2 tablespoons dry white wine Kosher saltContinue reading “Baked Shrimp Scampi”

A Valentine’s Dinner Conversation

My husband and I went out to dinner last weekend. Like everyone else on earth, apparently. I thought if we went the day AFTER Valentine’s we would miss the crowd, so we waited until Saturday night. There was over an hour wait for a table, so I guess the crowd was still there. Here’s aContinue reading “A Valentine’s Dinner Conversation”

Mayonnaise Chicken

I just had a little argument with spell-check over how many “n’s” are in mayonnaise. Also over how many “e’s” are in argument. (The answers are 2 and 1, respectively.) But I digress… My point was, I made baked chicken with mayo. The above image is from “The Real Housewives of Riverton.” Isn’t it pretty?Continue reading “Mayonnaise Chicken”

Spaghetti Squash in the Crockpot

I’ve been seeing this on pinterest and wondered if it would really work: To be honest, it looks bogus. Just put the whole thing in the crockpot with some water for a couple of hours? That’s it? But I hate slicing a giant raw squash (It hurts my weak American arms) so I tried it.Continue reading “Spaghetti Squash in the Crockpot”