Oh, I think it’s snowing, cool, a reward for all this dark cloudiness today. GLOOMY. I’d rather it were this day…
Fourth of July, fireworks, with Susie, Sullivan, me, Vivian, John, and Stacey (Cory’s snapping the pic). Ah, it was a spectacular night, after a spectacular afternoon of bike riding for John and me. Warm, but not hot; breezy, but not windy. We ended our bike ride with a picnic – cold fried chicken, fruit, wine, music playing from the car… So romantic. The IDEAL moderate epicurean’s day, such balanced joy, it was almost nauseatingly perfect. Exercise, food and wine, fresh air, music, laughing with friends, even a little patriotism. Sigh. A gloomy winter’s day reminiscence. Wish it were summer. But, honestly, the mosquitoes were brutal out there that night (therefore the hoods on Sullivan, Vivian, and Stacey, despite the balmy temp). OK, remembering that makes me feel a little better. It may be cold and, frankly, shitty outside, but there are definitely no mosquitoes, woo hoo! I mean, woo hoo. It IS still January in Minnesota.
So a quiet MLK day. Nathan had his friend Thomas over to play, they were busy building Legos for hours. I wrote recipes (posted in comments for January 14) and had a hilarious IM chat with Suz – it’s good for the soul, laughing with Susie. We even somehow covered eating raw hot dogs! No recipe required for that… No wine recommendation either. Ew.
So tonight, a quick potato leek soup, a la Julia Child, Potage Parmentier. (Recipe in comments, below. I added a couple of other simple soup recipes too, GOOD ones.) Just John and me, and we’re up for something light. Or, I am, and I’m cookin’. Cook’s choice, man I love that rule.