Or, as I like to call it Pie Candy Friday.
Top row: Mincemeat and Pumpkin. Bottom row: Cranberry Pecan, Apple and Chocolate Cream.
A good time was had by all.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Margaritas, Beers and Littenecks at Quahog Republic.
A Bloody Mary. With Bacon! At The Farmer’s Daughter.
Huevos Ranchers, also at The Farmer’s Daughter. There’s steak under those eggs. And the tomato jam in the upper right corner? Fabulous.
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?
Wednesdays are for knitting around here. We all know that.
All of my knitting is stuff I can’t show you right now.
I have finished socks but they are a gift and the giftee hasn’t seen them yet.
I have socks I am working on but they are also a gift.
I have a shawl I am working on but it’s a mystery shawl. Plus, it’s lace and unblocked lace looks like a blob so really, nothing to see there either.
What to do . . . what to do . . .
A blueberry pie. I followed this recipe and cooked the blueberries first. It was perfect and I highly recommend this technique.
Move along now. Nothing else to see here.