Last Thursday the kids and I spent the day with my very pregnant friend, Candace, and her two spunky daughters. The goal was to get some housecleaning done in preparation for baby's arrival.
But we cooked, too.
In fact, 90% of our conversation during the day revolved around food.
We've known each other for a long time and we're both foodies, so it was to be expected.
Our history has been to make fabulous dishes and... a complete mess in the kitchen. We did it again last week. For some odd reason the stove-top burners kept catching fire while Candace was pan-cooking steaks. We just doused the burners with salt and and baking soda and kept right on cooking.
Our husbands watched the children and kept opening windows to let the smoke out. And drooling. 'Cause dinner was late, of course!
Our friend Rowena, who joined us for dinner, did her best to keep up with the chaos and help clean up. Poor girl, she had to wash her coat when she got home 'cause it smelled like smoke, too.
The steaks were pretty good, though. Good job, Candace!
The Gorgonzola fondue was...interesting. It tasted great, especially with apples, but it looked like purple flubber. Ah, yes, substituting cheap purple-colored wine will do that! One too many substitutions on that recipe and I think we ended up with something completely different than originally intended.
By the way, apparently fondue is having a comeback from the '70's.
Anyway, we enjoyed our day together, a yummy dinner, and when it was all said and done the kitchen did get cleaned.