Thursday, February 11, 2010

Fall in LOVE with Food

It's fun to get together and have something good to eat at least once a day. That's what human life is all about-enjoying things. --Julia Child

Ahh. Love is in the air. Or, is that just someone's lunch I smell?

I've always loved to eat --and to cook/prepare food. There's something so comforting about it. A few simple ingredients can create such happiness. We celebrate memorable moments with those we love -- and also with food: birthday cake, wedding cake, Thanksgiving dinner, Christmas Eve dinner, Fourth of July picnics, Valentine's Day menus, etc. But, even a regular day can become a special occasion with a new dish or two--or a visit to your favorite food spot.

Here are a few of my favorite memories over the years:

Shelling green peas fresh from the garden, on the back porch when I was young

Making gallons of vegetable soup in my Grandma P.'s basement kitchen during our annual family garage sale

Coming home from school to my Grandma B. peeling potatoes and frying up chicken for dinner

Lobster Hut in Cape Cod when we were little. My love of lobster started then.

The time my sisters and I turned our dining room into a restaurant and served my parents dinner -- we wore aprons and made menus and everything.

Slurping up my mom's spaghetti -- always served with green beans and applesauce

Making peach soup with my dad after he picked me up from grade school -- a lovely treat of milk, sugar, peaches and bread

The first time I had one of my mother-in-law's yellow cake cookies -- to die for!

My father-in-law's Wedding White wine that we gave to the guests at our wedding

Dinner in Paris on our honeymoon -- I wore a fancy black dress and ate blue lobster. My dessert had edible gold flakes in it, and the meal took over 4 hours. There was a champagne course, a cheese course, a chocolate course, a coffee course, etc. It was so thrilling I almost cried.

Our private caribbean hideaway where I had lobster EVERY DAY, sometimes twice.

Chris's peanut butter cookies

My first taste of sweetbreads, in New Orleans

Having a Bennigan's Turkey O'Toole for the first time. (It was on a PRETZEL roll!)

Room service in Montreal -- the pasta tasted like flowers

Fried corn kernels in Peru (addicting!)

Sausages in the Christmas Market in Prague--also smoking a cigar, eating pâté and trying absynthe in a James Bond-themed bar

The time we went to our favorite restaurant in the city and Chris said, "bring us whatever the chef wants to make us" -- and they did. And it was wonderful.

The time Chris and I went to a different restaurant for each course of the meal: one place for cocktails and appetizers, one place for the entree, one for dessert. It was like a scavenger hunt, but with food!

The time Chris and I had a picnic in our backyard -- birds singing, bees buzzing, champagne, pâté, olives, cheese, bread --it was a magical afternoon.

Discovering that Chris makes the perfect Sangria

The time I made a gourmet, 6-course Thanksgiving meal for 12 people

Making beef Beef Bourguignon on a snowy afternoon

Buying chocolate in Paris and then having a picnic in our room with bread and cheese and wine

Eating sandwiches in the car on our road trip to WI

There are so many more -- and looking at this list, it is obvious food is a big part of my life! I can't wait to add even more food memories...and maybe a membership to the gym? :)



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