Month: February 2010

Knowing I was going to a French bistro for lunch, breakfast was easy – 1/2 a bagel with 5 calorie butter!

It made sense to meet my Mom at the restaurant – we got there right at 11:30.  At first glance it didn’t seem like the restaurant was even opened, but by the time we left almost every table was full!

We started out with a cheese platter – not sure exactly what cheeses we ate, the server (who was wonderful by the way!) explained that two were cows milk and one was goat cheese.  I loved all three!

Served with toasted bread – so fricken good!

This was my favorite bite – goat cheese on apple!

I was kind of worried what Hannah would order – she is my chicken finger ordering girl, but she finally decided to get a ham crepe.  Yep – no swiss cheese for her!

I got the quiche lorraine.  I was kind of surprised about the tomato sauce on the bottom, but it was really good!

And all of our meals came with a small salad with a delicious Dijon mustard dressing:

Then it was on to my favorite store!  Sur la table.  We were greeted with tiny baked donuts!  I didn’t have one, but Mom and Hannah said they were really good!

And then I drooled over the tiny Le Creuset pans – aren’t they so cute?!

I ended up getting a new spout for my olive oil and a covered butter dish.  We normally leave butter on a plate at room temperature all the time, but Hannah doesn’t like the fact that it isn’t covered.  So for $8, I made Hannah’s day!

Then this sign stopped us in our tracks!

We were offered to pick a chocolate off of a tray – I picked a hazelnut ganache – not exactly sure what it was but I ate half of it – it was insulin worthy!

Then on to Hannah’s favorite store – DSW!  My daughter is a glutton for hand bags and shoes!  This store was really big!

She was one happy camper because she bought these.  Her intention is to buy a black dress for prom, so she wanted bright shoes – pretty sure these fit the bill!  She was grinning from ear to ear!

Hannah had to go to work, so Mom and I went to a thrift store and then she dropped me back off at home.  She saw I had a box of grapefruit from my parent-in-laws, and I gave her a couple.  They were off to the side so I forgot they were there!  I decided I needed to use them up, so I made grapefruit granita!

Grapefruit Granita

  • 2 1/2 cups fresh grapefruit juice
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1/3 cup sugar

5 grapefruit was just enough to get 2 1/2 cups of juice

You add the sugar to the juice then pour in hot water until the sugar dissolves.  Simply put in a container with a lid and put in the freezer.  This morning I took it out, used a fork to scrape the granita and it is SO GOOD!  So refreshing, it’s like biting into a fresh grapefruit!

I can definitely see this as a summer dessert - slightly sweet and so refreshing!

I had defrosted pork chops for dinner.  I knew I was going to make twice baked potatoes on the side, but I needed a vegetable.  I haven’t gone to the grocery store yet, but realized I had fresh broccoli that was still good.  A look into my cheese drawer I remembered I had Parmesan cheese, and since BSI is Parmesan cheese I decided to make this my BSI recipe.

  • 1 head broccoli, cut into bite sized pieces
  • 4 cloves of fresh garlic, sliced
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/3 cup fresh grated parmesan cheese
  • lemon zest
  • juice from 1/2 lemon

Bake at 400 degrees for 25 minutes, sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and bake an additional 5 minutes

Remove from oven and toss with lemon zest and lemon juice.  I loved this!  The garlic got nice and crispy and the lemon zest and juice really made this dish.  Only problem is that it didn’t stay hot for very long!

I used really good Parmesan cheese

My plate – don’t freak out about the size of my pork chop – I only ate 1/2 of it!

It was a great day!  Thanks for coming out to lunch Mom!

Plans for today:

  • meal plan
  • grocery shop
  • read Sunday paper
  • bake bread!

Tony was flipping channels yesterday and stopped at America’s Test Kitchen show.   He said they made an Almost  No Knead bread that looked amazing.  You make the dough in about 2 minutes, then let it rest on the counter from 8 to 18 hours.  Then you bake it in a dutch oven!  I have 20 minutes before I put it in the oven – he said the sound of the crunchy crust was amazing!

Hope everyone enjoys their Sunday!  See you tomorrow! 😀