On this rainy, yucky day in Austin, it was a perfect day for the warmth of friendship and food around a stove. So AW opened her lovely home and hearth to me. She was a very patient teacher, even when I knocked not one but two boxes of Chex cereal on her otherwise clean kitchen floor.
We started at HEB and bought all the necessary ingredients including fresh veggies for the primavera. Here is the menu:
1st Course -- Salad
Baby Greens and Red Romaine Lettuce with Walnuts, Pine Nuts (and a few pecans that I accidentally threw in thinking I grabbed the walnut bag), and Golden Crisp apples drizzled with Pear Vinagrette and Olive Oil -- Absolutely as Fabulous as it sounds!
2nd Course -- Entree
Pasta Primavera with Bow-Tie Pasta -- We made the sauce from a marinara base with lightly sauteed (oooh! a cooking word!) squash, zucchini, and orange bell peppers. Yum, yum, yummy!
3rd Course -- Dessert
Muddy Buddy -- what is that you say? It is a GLORIOUS concoction made from a mix of Rice and Corn Chex, melted peanut butter, chocolate, and butter, and wait for it... wait for it... POWDERED SUGAR! I am not sure that I truly understood the meaning of the word 'decadent' before this afternoon.
The challenge was to make a meal that was not only edible but delicious -- I succeeded!!!!
At the end of the day, I have not only checked off a challenge, I have broken bread with a friend, nourished my body and my soul, and done something that makes me nervous -- COOK! I can put my head on the pilow tonight knowing that I stretched myself, challenged and grew a little bit taller. To that I say "Yay!"