Let me just say that I don't know what the heck is going on! Yesterday I said that it was the 26th, when in fact, I knew it was the 27th! Auntie let me know in yesterday's comments that my brain was mushing and assumed I forgot my cousin's birthday. Which, in fact, I did not! I left her love and good wishes on her facebook wall.
And I think I forgot to do something to that photo in the editing process because it looks fairly awful online. I'm going back to the drawing board on that one!
I don't know if this is any better or not, but at least I get to look at Jakey one more time!! Isn't he a doll!! AND he's a good golfer.
(And he is still reminding me of the dust in my window sill!)
Glenn, of laptop-lending fame, knocked loudly –and 'sharply', might I add—on my door this morning. I panicked! No! Don't answer the door!! Ken didn't obey and Glenn said, "I came for the computer." I looked at him with huge eyes, broke out in hives, and he just busted up laughing! Thankfully, he just wanted to copy a couple of files, and he let the laptop stay to play. Whew! Close call … I'll have to take Benadryl for the hives, though!
Thank goodness he left the laptop to play because I ended up spending six hours of today creating about 180 place cards for two Teas that I'm helping to put on this week. I love digital creations! But I hate printing forever. Each year at our school, the Junior Class hosts a Tea for the Seniors and their moms. It's an opportunity for the students to publicly thank and honor their moms for all the effort, time, and love that they've given them throughout their years at home. Talk about a Tear-Jerker Party!! Yeah, I boo hoo every year just listening to those kids bless their mommies. And they cry too … not just the moms, but the kids as well. So sweet. Since the Senior class is so large, we divide the class and have two separate Teas on neighboring days. Anyway, since I coordinate the Special Events at our school, it falls to me to make sure we have volunteers for each job. I wasn't aware that we needed place cards so instead of trying to find someone at the last minute to do it, I decided to do it myself. I actually enjoyed it and although the design and execution is simple, I think they'll look nice. There's a bit of a polka-dot theme going on at this year's Tea so I put three small dots down the left side of the card, then printed the names out from the center dot. Meh … they'll do. If I'd had more time, they would've been freakin' awesome, though!
Ken took the kids to a movie this afternoon. They love when he does that. When they were headed home, he texted me to find out what was for dinner. I asked what he wanted and when he said, "a turkey sandwich", I was so grateful! I was in the middle of printing the place cards and really didn't want to stop and create a meal. We had left-overs in the fridge, too … plenty of food! Nobody's hungry at our house.
We've had quite a bit of rain this week. Duh, Tam, you live in the NW … what do you expect? In my defense, I'm always hopeful for a bit of Vitamin-D-inducing sunshine. I was surprised a couple of days this week with just that, too … even though the not-so-trusty weatherman had promised a week full of rain. Still too cold to reveal too much skin to expose to those rays … Did you know that Vitamin D is manufactured on the skin in response to sun, then absorbed into the body? Yep. It's also why I take a daily Vitamin D supplement! We don't get enough sun here to expose my skin to!! (I'm dreaming of Southern California and would be off in a heartbeat if my bank account would let go of its leash!) We had three baseball games scheduled for this week and two were cancelled because of field conditions. That's not common up here … we usually play sun, rain, snow, or sleet. No kidding. If you think I'm kidding, just come visit in March! I'll make a warm bed up for you to snuggle into post-game, but you'll be wishing for your Long John's at the field!
I snagged this photo last Saturday when the sun was shining. Ben's feet. Obviously, though, the rain had still done its job on the field. I found baseball dirt in my house all week even though I make him undress in the garage!
Remember I told you about the Tangy Tilapia recipe that I created? I was going to share that with you tonight, but the photos have all but disappeared!! I don't know what happened. In between my computer saying her last goodbyes, and trying to recreate semblance of order on the appreciated-borrowed-space, I think some things that I held dear said, "Yeah, whatever, Tam … MAYBE we'll catch up with ya … maybe not."
So, in the interim, I'm going to give you Bean Soup. I know, it's not what you were expecting, but … my friend, it's fabulous! It's not just ANY Bean Soup …
You might remember that Ken and I went to Assaggio's for our anniversary and that my favorite thing was the Zuppa di Fagioli. I've been trying various recipes, my own concoctions, and researching how to come up with the same taste that I experienced there. I also told you that on a recent stroll through B&N, I came up on a cookbook from this very restaurant! AND the soup recipe was in there. I made it this week and it was delish! It is called Zuppa di Fagioli. I always thought that Zuppa di Fagioli had pasta in it … No way, Hosea! Wheat-free! My mom and Em can eat it safely!
- If you have don't have time to soak dried beans overnight, you can use canned, but do try to plan ahead and use the dried ones. I mean, you'll be sleeping anyway … just dump the beans in water before you nod off. How hard can that be?! If you use canned ones, rinse and drain them well. You'll probably have to cook the soup for a lesser time. Mushy beans are not the best. However, don't let the debate of dried vs. canned keep you from experiencing this fabulous soup! You'll hear no judgment from me.
- Prosciutto rinds should be available at your deli. Mine sells them as 'prosciutto ends' at half the price as sliced prosciutto. They are fantastic for soups!
- Also, please – I implore you – if you don't have veal stock, USE BEEF BROTH. Water just won't give you the same depth of flavor!
- If you don't have imported canned Italian tomatoes, don't panic. American ones will be just fine. Breathe in … Breathe out. Life is good and Tomatoes are fantastic.
- One last thing … 6 teaspoons of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese just isn't enough, in my ever-so-humble opinion. Just put the whole block on the table along with a grater and let everyone grate to their hearts' content!
Zuppa di Fagioli—as taken from Assaggio Ristorante Cookbook
- 2 cups dried cannellini beans
- 4 T. olive oil
- 1 small slice prosciutto rind, diced into ¼-inch pieces
- 1 small red onion, cut into ¼-inch pieces
- 1 medium potato, peeled and cut into ¼-inch cubes
- 2 large garlic cloves, minced
- ¼ cup red table wine
- 10 cups water or veal broth
- 1 cup canned tomatoes, preferably imported Italian, drained
- ½ t. salt
- ½ t. freshly ground black pepper
- 6 heaping teaspoons grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
Place beans in a bowl and add enough cold water to cover by about 1 ½ inches. Let soak overnight.
The next day, combine 2 tablespoons olive oil, prosciutto, onion, and potato in a medium stockpot. Cook over medium heat very gently until golden brown, then add garlic. Reduce heat to a simmer, add wine, and cook until reduced by half.
Drain the beans and add to the pot with the water or veal broth and tomatoes. Cover and simmer over low heat for about 45 minutes, or until the beans are cooked, being careful not to overcook. Stir in salt and pepper.
To serve, garnish with Parmigiano-Reggiano and remaining olive oil.
No … you know what? Enjoy IMMENSELY. There's no other way to have this soup!
I hope your Saturday was wonderful … I enjoyed sharing mine with you.
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