Sunday, March 3, 2013

Some days I'm glad to just be inside.

We got the weirdest snow yesterday. Small styrofoam-like pellets that were blowing in nearly sideways. And it was cold. I wanted spring, not this. Now I'm huddled in waiting for the promised warm-up next weekend.
But a friend had told me his band was playing the noon show on Saturday, so I gritted my teeth against the snow and went downtown. This show is free to the public, every noon except Sundays. Mostly folk, Americana, bluegrass. Sometimes local bands, sometimes people who are touring. Usually two acts, half an hour each. It's such a small venue that it has the feel almost of a house party.

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  1. mmm...shrimp risotto sounds good....as does going to see the band...we are supposed to get like 18 inches tuesday night....crazy

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    1. Wow - I know we have snow coming but I don't think that much.

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  2. "Small styrofoam-like pellets"

    Yup, exactly what that snow looks like. Perfect description.

    You dinner guest night sounded wonderful! Great menu, great wine!

    And I love the candle/flower centerpiece. Really nice!

    "There are times when I really enjoy my life."

    You GO, girl!

    X



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    1. Thanks! It was not a bad way to s[end a cold Saturday night!

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  3. sounds like a great time in spite of the snow and cold.

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  4. Snow looks like hail or really big sleet. The music was worth the trip then? "Dinner guest" with breakfast picked out too. Come for dinner and stay for breakfast - great deal.

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    1. Yes, the show was a lot of fun. And I figure if someone is spending the night, I ought to gave breakfast foods available.

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  5. My dad called that 'tapioca snow', we get it occasionally here.
    A nice cab is always convivial....

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    1. That's very a good description of it. And yet... tapioca gives me the heebie jeebies, so I'm going to have to stick with styrofoam!

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  6. I have never had any risotto, but that shrimp risotto sounds good! Sounds like it was a nice dinner date :)

    betty

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    1. Risotto done right is creamy and delicious.

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  7. It snowed over here too today. Not fun. :(

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    1. I don't mind the snow, just the cold that comes with it.

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  8. It's quite Spring-like here today, thank goodness, I'm sick of the cold weather. Your menu sounds good, hope the dinner date was too. x

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    1. By Thursday it should be much better here.

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  9. A noon concert sounds divine. I am extremely tired of the snow. It has been non-stop here. I believe I saw the sun for 20 minutes total last week.

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    1. The nice thing about noon concerts is you still have the rest of the day left. We've been alternating beautiful days with gray, cold days,

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  10. Cranberry applesauce is like the best. Cinnamon applesauce a close second.

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    1. I throw a little cinnamon (and orange marmalade) in the cranberry applesauce when I make it.

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  11. Synchronicity - I am having shrimp curry for dinner with rice or maybe couscous as risotto is a thing of the past, I had a pan, must have lost it in the move :)

    Lovely, must plan breakfast next time I have someone in for dinner :)

    Hope it was all mahvellous.

    XO
    WWW

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    1. You no longer own a pan?

      I figure supplying breakfast is the sociable thing to do.:-)

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  12. Holy hell, I can see your blog. For the longest time it just came up as "site not found" so I thought you'd killed it. I even had a small wake with Christmas beer.

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    1. What? Are you sure you were going to the right place? I haven't moved. But I do appreciate the wake.

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  13. I love risotto but I'm hopeless at making it, I can never get it creamy enough. There must be some mysterious extra ingredient I'm unaware of. I love every kind of rice - basmati, arborio, wholegrain, whatever.

    The snow pellets are weird indeed. I've never seen snow like that.

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    1. I think it may be less abou the ingredients than the slow process of gradually adding broth and wine and letting it absorb. You use arborio rice in risotto, by the way.

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  14. I love risotto but haven't had it with shrimp. Your meal, wine and breakfast sound delicious! That's some strange snow.....

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    1. I put shrimp in a lot of dishes because I like it so much.

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  15. You certainly don't do anything halfway!

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    1. Not the things that are important to me anyway.

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  16. Gawd, that whole menu sounds fantastic!

    We've had weird snow like that before when it doesn't look real. It makes me think of Dippin Dots, the ice cream pellets.

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    1. Yes, Dippin Dots! And also pearl (Israeli) cous cous.

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  17. Just happened to see your blog and Loved all the intrigue and not knowing who you are. Has been fun reading all about it :) DO post more and let us know how the risotto turned out!

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    1. Welcome. And thank you. The risotto turned out well - it's a dish I've made a few times before so an easy one for me.

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  18. And it's wonderful to have the presence of mind to also acknowledge the times when life is treating us well. Yes, you do sound to be content and in a really good place right now, isn't it lovely when it all slots into place like that?

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    1. Yes it is. I'm working on keeping that sense of general peace in the good and less good times.

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  19. . . . . and for breakfast . . . .

    Presumably you had the guest for pudding?

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    1. Wait, what? I have no idea what that means. It sounds a little obscene. And funny, since I absolutely loathe pudding!

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  20. Teeny snow balls, cool music, delicious food, and a warm friend. Yeah, I could live with that.

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  21. At least your weather is interesting. Ours has looked the same every day since November. Fortunately for me, rain is one of my favorite colors.

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    1. We do indeed have interesting rapidly changeable weather here!

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  22. You do tend to indulge in some finer living. Great menus, and those tiny venues are the best.

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  23. That sounds like a perfect day - except the cooking part. I would love a noon hour concert like that.

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  24. Um yum I had to read that last paragraph over and over. Can I come over for dinner? Sounds amazing. And so you should be enjoying your life, hats off to you! Squeeze the life out of everything and enjoy as who knows what's around the corner.

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