Is NaBloPoMo Over Yet?

Hey, what’s going on? How are you?

I’m doing just fine. I’m busy prepping a turkey dinner for later this afternoon – it’s not another Thanksgiving, really, since the house is now decorated for Christmas (hullo, tired from that yesterday but also, hurrah, it’s done) but we eat Thanksgiving food. I guess it’s Thanksmas and it’s a tradition we started a few years ago with the kids and we all look forward to it so much. There’s no stress and pressure to get everything exactly.right like there is on Thanksgiving, it’s just a fun day to hang out together and eat a big meal and play some games. Oh, and drink wine. And wear paper crowns because Christmas crackers.

bourbon cranberry sauce for carole knits

We’ll be eating this Bourbon Cranberry Sauce. It’s a 21+ side dish, if you will, and it’s delicious!

Hope you all are having a delicious Saturday – the last one of November. Hurrah for that, too!

Time To Make the Pies!

pie crust 2015 for carole knits

Today, because it’s the day before Thanksgiving.

Today, because I know that lots of people across the country are making pie.

Today, because in the last week I have had 5 different people ask me how I make my pie crust.

Today, because I am swamped with stuff I have to do.

Today, I am sharing a post from 2007 – the one where I posted my pie crust recipe.

Pie Crust 101.

Homemade pie crust is easy and there is no need to be intimidated. It’s only a little more effort than the premade kind and it’s so much better that I promise it’s worth it.


I made 4 batches yesterday in 45 minutes. And today those pie crusts will be rolled and stretched and turned into 5 delicious pies: apple, pumpkin, mincemeat, cranberry pecan, and chocolate cream.

There is nothing, but nothing, like a homemade pie made with love.

The One Where We Had Dinner At Nobu

If you are hungry I suggest you might want to not read this post right now. Come back later, after you’ve filled your belly because today’s post is about food. Specifically, it’s about the best food I have ever eaten in my life.

Don’t say I didn’t warn you . . .

First, a bit of an introduction. The night before we left for Vegas Dale went to our local sushi restaurant – which I love, by the way – and picked up take out for us. He happened to mention to the owner – who I also love, by the way – that my friends and I were headed to Vegas the next day. Z got really excited and told Dale that we simply had to go to Nobu for dinner while we were there. He said it’s where he goes when he’s there, he said to get the Chef’s Special dinner, he said it’s expensive but worth it and he even wrote the name down on a piece of paper so that Dale wouldn’t forget.

I don’t know about you but when my sushi chef recommends that I try a particular place I do what he says. So, on Sunday night, we headed to Nobu at Caesar’s Palace for dinner. We made a 7:30 reservation and our table was ready when we arrived.

nobu cocktails for carole knits
We started with cocktails, of course. And, on the recommendation of Z as well as our awesome server, we decided to all get the Chef’s Special. It’s a tasting menu of 9 courses tailored to individual preferences and it was amazing. Part of the fun was not knowing what would come next but let me tell you – each and every thing we were served was fantastic.

nobu yellowtail for carole knits
First up was this Yellowtail Sashimi with Jalapeno. Prior to this I thought I didn’t care for yellowtail. Ummm, I was wrong. This was so flavorful and just melted in my mouth. The spice from the jalapeno gave it just enough of a kick.

nobu sashimi for carole knits
Next up – White Fish Tiradito. Also, incredible. The tender fish and the crunchy bit of panko combination was out of this world.

nobu beef for carole knits
Beef Sashimi New Style. This may have been my favorite thing. Okay, not really, they were all my favorite. But this was delicious and unique and the most tender beef I have ever had in my life.

nobu tacos for carole knits
Tuna and Lobster Tacos Nobu Style. Itty bitty tacos? With tuna? And lobster? Where have you beeeeeen all my life? And when can I have you again?

nobu shrimp for carole knits
Rock Shrimp Creamy Spicy. Bite sized tempura shrimp with an outstanding creamy spicy sauce. Z actually makes a dish that I think was inspired by this one – they are very similar.

There was also – right here, I believe – Black Miso Cod. It was warm and spicy and delicious. I don’t have a picture of it because the two vultures friends I was with dove into it before I could snap one.

nobu filet for carole knits
Beef Tenderloin Toban-yaki. Have you ever eaten tenderloin with chopsticks? Because now I can say I have. And I can also say that it’s the only way I want to eat it from now on.

nobu sushi for carole knits
And finally, the last course, sushi. Salmon, Halibut and Tuna along with a California roll. Let me just say, sushi will never be the same again.

nobu dessert for carole knits
Just when we thought the meal was over (which it should have been after all of that food, the cocktails and the bottle of wine we had) they brought out this beautiful plate of desserts:  Green Tea Chocolate Covered Strawberries, Japanese Donuts, Bento Box Lava Cake and Green Tea Ice Cream. Also, 3 espresso martinis because who needs sleep? And, of course, the 50th birthday wish along with 3 candles. We had mentioned when we made the reservation that we were celebrating our 50th birthdays but we never said a word about it to our waitress. Talk about stellar customer service!

So, Z was right. It was a phenomenal meal and it was very very expensive. It was also completely worth every penny! I’m so glad I got to experience it with my birthday buddies, it was a spectacular way to celebrate our milestone birthday together.

Staycation Update: The One With All The Food Photos

If you are hungry turn away right now. Or get yourself a snack before you go any further. Ready? You are about to be bombarded with photos of the amazing things we have been eating this week. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

partners sandwich for carole knits

An Avocado Bacon & Cheese Wrap from Partners eaten at Horseneck Beach.

quahog republic for carole knits

Margaritas, Beers and Littenecks at Quahog Republic.

farmers daughter bacon bloody mary for carole knits

A Bloody Mary. With Bacon! At The Farmer’s Daughter.

farmers daughter huevos rancheros for carole knits

Huevos Ranchers, also at The Farmer’s Daughter. There’s steak under those eggs. And the tomato jam in the upper right corner? Fabulous.

farmers daughter panini for carole knits

A Turkey, Ham & Cheese Panini at The Farmer’s Daughter. This was Dale’s sandwich and it was reportedly delicious, as were the terra chips on the side.

Not pictured: various cocktails, charcuterie platters at home, a stuffed quahog and quahog chowder, raspberries from a local farmstand, the first local corn of the season and many cups of coffee. Upcoming (with any luck): lobsters!

What have you been eating this week?

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