I feel like a broken record here, but seriously, THANK YOU for the sweet comments on my last post. I loved reading the “it doesn’t get better than” moments that some of you wrote about and appreciated all the tips on how to get Bobby to loosen up for the engagement shoot. I also love that most of them included a bit of alcohol or some wine if all else failed — works for me 😉
When I was reading all of your comments during the week, I got so smiley that I tweeted about how lucky I was to have all of you. You can read it here — and several of my fellow and favorite bloggers and readers responded that they feel the same way. Every comment I receive is such a gem and I keep them all in a special folder in my email — seriously. Just know that I think the world of you!
Let’s see, what else can I tell you?
Oh yes, how about something related to food.
PAPA BENDER DINNER SPECIAL
I’m technically back in Chicago and have been since the beginning of January, but there were several delicious meals that I enjoyed in Arizona over the Christmas holiday that I felt needed to have their place in the spotlight. Why? They were created by none other than the fabulous Papa Bender!
Today’s special: Dueling Pastas
I say “dueling” because Papa Bender made two different types of sauces and did not want them interfering with each other, so he created a broccoli blockade on my behalf. I know Miss Broccoli Hut can appreciate such a veggie-tastic barrier.
The first sauce he created was clam-based:
- Clams and juice
- Olive oil
- White wine vinegar
- Topping: mussels
It was sensational The mussels were that just-right tenderness and they went perfectly with the bed of angel hair pasta that they rested on.
The second sauce was meat-based:
- Lean ground beef
- Tomato sauce
- Olive oil
- Red wine
Equally tasty yet slightly more “traditional” when you think of spaghetti and meatballs. I wanted to make sure I tried both of the sauces. When I mentioned this to him, here’s how the conversation went down.
PB: Which sauce would you like?
Me: I would love to try both if I can!
PB: No, no. You can’t possibly have both on the same plate. The flavors will mix and it won’t taste right.
PB: [lightbulb goes off in head] Wait, I think we can get around this!
Thus, the broccoli blockade was born.
That man is a genius, I tell you.
We enjoyed Papa Bender’s Dueling Pastas with a nice glass of red wine.
That’s the chef himself in the background 😉 He likes to lurk in the back of my pictures, doesn’t he?
Can’t wait to show you some of his other creations!
SNEAK PEEK: EATING BENDER ON OPENSKY!
Yes, friends. Like several of my fellow bloggers (even more, I’m sure, than who I have linked here), I have decided to open shop on OpenSky! My store is still technically under construction, but I now have three of my favorite products added and you can check them out at my store front.
I’m so glad that everything is finally ready for launch. The great thing about this site is that it allows me to share my favorite products with you and allows you to engage in a discussion around them! I can’t wait to continue adding new items that have inspired my blogging in some way these past (almost!) two years.
We’re open for business
Happy Thursday to all! Any big plans for this weekend?
My best friend from college is coming into town. I can’t wait to see her and catch up on life. She makes me so happy! We’ll be hanging out with my other BFF from college, too — it’s a reunion!