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Sunday, March 28, 2010

Perfect Sunday Lunch, save the big meal for dinner

Nothing says Sunday afternoon lunch to me more than grilled cheese.  I seem to remember coming home from church with the breakfast dishes still on the counter, dad and mom teaming up, dad on the griddle and mom sorting the dishes, the comics still spread wide with ads from the Sunday paper strewn everywhere.  In no time at all we'd have buttery sandwiches, sharp cheddar cheese of course.  Mmmmm, such a comfort food! 

Beth, a friend of mind introduced the idea of dipping grilled cheese in balsamic vinegar.  I enjoyed it, topped off with sugar snap peas for crunch and freshness the meal is perfect. 

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Poached Sole with Julienne Vegetables

My first attempt at a full meal from Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking.
 This type of meal was a stretch for me, a true test kitchen endeavor.  I have rarely cooked with white sauces, I'm much more comfortable with tomatoes, but it turned out beautifully! The fish was another experiment since I'd never poached anything in the oven.  I feared the parchment paper would catch on fire, but with a close eye on my step-by-step instructions things turned out just fine.