Another one of Dave's (soon to be famous) slideshows. Here's our friend Peter Mulvey and his friends David Goodrich, Jeffrey Foucault, and Kris Delmhorst at Joe's Pub. Buy their album for heaven's sake!
Dinner from our local cheese shop, a great weeknight treat. Some brie, a baguette, a new fig jam they were raving about (ok, twist my arm), olives, spectacular marinated artichokes, and wine of course. What were we watching as we ate this? Click below...
How cute is little Archer? Our friends got him just last week, he's a French Bulldog puppy (13 weeks old). He's about 8 pounds now, and will be around 25 pounds when he's fully grown. Napping is still his favorite activity, followed by eating and playing. Of course we had to get him a few toys, how can you resist this little face?
So it was a nice weekend. On Friday we worked late again (9:30pm this time, not as bad as when we worked until midnight the week before!), but treated ourselves to Indian take-out and relaxed on the couch for a few hours before going to bed.
Saturday I slept late, which did a good job of chasing away the stress of the week. We drove into the city and met up with our friend K and E, met Archie, and picked up a picnic lunch from Zabars. It was nice to just sit in Central Park for a few hours, even if it was a little chilly once the wind kicked up. We went back to their apartment, fed Archie, then took him to the dog run in front of the Museum of Natural History. Incidentally, if you're single, get a puppy. People can't resist stopping to say hello to a puppy... it's really amazing. You can't walk one block before people start asking questions, want to offer advice, chat about dogs in general.
Yesterday we relaxed around the house, and made it out to Michaels to get some art supplies. We're making a gift for our friend's new baby, I'll post some in-progress pics. I also picked up a new knitting book, Greetings from Knit Cafe. I love it! There are alot of projects I want to make, so now I just have to narrow down the choices and get some yarn. Reading that book makes me want to start my own knit shop/bakery. Ah, maybe one day!
Ok, so it's been awhile. How are things, you ask. Well, work has been absolutely, mind-boggingly crazy. But life goes on, and Dave and I have been taking time out to have a little fun. Of course, some of that fun was cooking. A few weeks ago we did a massive cooking day, and made a rhubarb crisp (ah, rhubarb season again!), oatmeal chocolate pecan cookies (Thanks Molly!), a lasagna with broccoli rabe, and a great celery soup.
I must tell you about this celery soup. It is so simple. It's just celery, onions, and a potato sauteed in a bit of butter until soft. Then add water to cover, plus some salt and pepper, and cook until vegetables are tender. Puree in a blender, strain (don't skip this step, this ensures a nice creamy soup with no stringy bits), add lemon juice, salt and pepper to taste. Boy, it really is delicious. Very simple, and also low calorie (just watch the butter use... you could skip the butter, but a little really adds some flavor).
Hmmm, what else have I been up to... went to a Yankees/Red Sox game on Wednesday. Being a Red Sox fan at Yankee Stadium is a scary thing indeed. I chickened out and didn't wear my Red Sox hat, it was not worth the risk of having jeers/peanuts/beer/fists thrown at me (other Red Sox fans suffered through that). Does that make me a fair weather fan, I hope not. Dave and I were sitting in the Tier level, but walked around the Field level before we left. It's like another world down there. It's everything that can be great about baseball. No crazed drunk fans, an amazing view of the field, the crack of the bat, you know - baseball at it's best. I still really, really want to get to a game at Fenway... I'm remaining optimistic. Fenway was my first major league game, so it's always held a special place in my heart.
Last night we had dinner with our neighbors for a big birthday celebration... both of their birthdays were this past week, and our favorite dog in the whole world also celebrated his 9th birthday. I'll find a picture of him and post it. :)
The AIDS Walk NY is coming up in less than a week, and I have about $250 to go to reach my goal of $1200 (go me!). Anyone who donates in this last week gets an entry into my almost famous cookie raffle. I choose one winner, and they get a batch of homemade cookies of their choice. Hopefully that'll help me reach my goal. (If you want to donate, drop me an email at thesamanthafiles AT gmail DOT com and I'll be very, very happy to send you a link where you can donate online).
The weekend is pretty much here, and I look forward to:
Watching the season finale of Smallville
Sleeping later that 7am
Catching up on Texas Ranch House
Picking a new knitting project
Going to Ikea to get picture frames and maybe having pizza in New Haven
Cooking something with vegetables (I think soup is in order)
Walking around Central Park (keep your fingers crossed for nice weather at least on Sunday)
Anyway, thanks for stopping by. I've been remiss in my posting duties, I think I just needed a little break. But I missed talking about food, and knitting, and New York, and the million other ramblings I work into here.
Coming up soon:
Pictures galore. The Shake Shack, dutch pancakes, birthday cake, finished knitting projects... maybe even the new windows they installed in our apartment!
More cooking fun
A visit to my iPod, what I've been listening to and what you should download