When Lesley asked me to make a lemon pie for her birthday I was at a loss. We may agree on a lot of things, but we still have our differences. Birthday desserts is one of them. For me, the more chocolatey you can make a cake, the better. For Lesley, it’s pie. Don’t get me wrong. Pies are delicious, but I discovered long ago that pie crust is next to impossible to make and gave up adding pies to my repertoire. I suppose this is another way Lesley challenges me. Isn’t that what best friends are for? (more…)
Recipes for Us
Last night was our first NHN dinner of the new year. If you’ve been reading these, you might have noticed that we haven’t yet written about our Thanksgiving or Christmas dinners. I assure you, those are coming, but before I could focus on writing about Thanksgiving, I had to get this dinner published and recorded. It was every bit as good as the name sounds, and even though its Sunday and there are no alcohol sales, I am trying to figure out how to get another bottle of champagne so I can make another round tonight! (more…)
This year, the NHN family traveled to Tampa. It was the girls’ first time seeing the ocean, and while they marveled at its wonder, I marveled at a particular crab soup from a local restaurant, Frenchy’s. This soup was heaven on earth. To my dismay, Maddie felt the same and ate quite a bit of my soup that she insisted she was just sampling. I could have eaten a vat of that soup. When it came time for my turn to make our monthly dinner in September, I was still thinking about it. (more…)
It is difficult for me to pass over pad thai to order something different if it is on the menu. I love how each restaurant creates a slightly different flavor but one that always pleases. It never occurred to me that I could make it at home. Maybe that was a good thing; it certainly isn’t the healthiest of dishes. But as my turn for NHN dinner drew near, I had the craving and finally put two and two together. I would create a pad thai masterpiece!
Before I start, I have to make a confession. When I first made this dish, I used orange roughy. Lesley and I were in Florida, and the word “orange” in a type seemed appropriate for our Florida NHN meal. I also have never had it, so it fit nicely in our framework of trying out a food we have never made. (more…)