Tuesday, February 9, 2010


My daughter, known as Prose to her sisters, decided to become a marvelous chef after watching the movie "Julie Julia," a delightful little slip of a movie starring Meryl Streep as Julia Child.

Movies About Food: Next Best Thing to Eating.

Prose has succeeded in becoming a wonderful cook in 4 or 5 months. So last week we decided to have a house party for some old friends visiting from out of town. It turned into a 4 course meal. Let me list the courses, because I am still savoring the meal and the evening in my mind.

Appetizer: Puffed Pastry with tomatoes and seasoned ricotta cheese - delicious!

First Course:
French Onion Soup, with Dry White Vermouth and Jarlsberg - luscious!

Second Course:
Classic Greek Salad - ah the colors, the warmth, the variety!

Third Course: Salmon with a spicey marinade and a variety of sauces - succulent!

Oh King Salmon! Oh giver of Omega-3 Fatty Acids!
Fourth Course: Spaghetti with pesto sauce and an idiosyncratic romanoff sauce - exquisite!

You Haven't Had Pesto?? Get Off My Blog!!

Dessert: Fruit sorbet - bananas, raspberries, blackberries and blueberries - with homemade almond biscotti and shortbread -- hypnotic!

We had a delightful Sauvignon with the Salmon and a warm and wonderful Chianti with the spaghetti. We talked, laughed, ate and drank for about 2 hours at the table with our 4 long time friends, all of whom have known Prose and her younger brother Hawk since they were toddlers.

After dinner, as Hawk cleaned ALL the dishes (God bless your soul), the EOs repaired to the living room with the Four Friends, where we talked for another hour or so.

When you mix old friends with wonderful food and wine, a good life becomes enchanted.

Old Friends Right Before Dessert.

Thank you, Prose, and thank you, Hawk. Thank you, Mrs. EO, for these wonderful children you've raised.

Thank you, Good Friends, for enjoying our company and sharing our lives.

And thank you, God Above, who made friends and food, wine and laughter.


  1. Lovely. Next time take pictures. Prose can start a cooking blog and you can continue to brag on her.

  2. It doesn't get much better! It's wonderfully warming to see one's children just enjoying themselves! I'm convinced that warms the cockles of God's heart too.