Anatomy of a Dinner Party: a day in the life of a hospitalityaholic

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Just Chicken Salad

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

Good Morning Darlings!

Let me start by saying I consider myself to be a chicken salad connoisseur. I love pretty much any chicken salad. My dill chicken salad is thought to be a winner among my friends.

Do you love chicken salad, too? Come on in.

West Egg With Miss Elizabeth

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

Good Morning, Darlings!

Miss Elizabeth and I recently met for lunch at West Egg Cafe on the Westside. I have no idea why it has taken me so long to get here, as my buddies Laura Scholz and Shameeka Shy Ayers have been singing the praises of Chef Patric Bell forever.

But now that I’ve visited, I will not be a stranger.

The cafe has an open, airy feel to it, making you feel welcome immediately. The menu looks like a secret assignment from CIA, only your assignment is “Burgers and Draft Beer, $10”.  Much better than the CIA, if you ask me. Unless your version of the CIA is the Culinary Institute of America.

The very photogenic Miss Elizabeth

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Pork Belly and The Vikings

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

I am becoming the denizen of cook one day, eat the next. From our beef bourguignon experiment and now the pork belly situation.

Pork belly is so divine.  And it’s cheap! If you cook it yourself at home.  Why it is so outrageously priced on restaurant menus is beyond me. It’s large pieces of bacon for goodness sakes.

Monday afternoon I seared two 1.5 lb pieces of pork belly in my huge skillet and then dropped it in the crock pot with two bottles of shiraz and five garlic cloves to cook at high for 3.5 hours.  After all that time it did not seem right.  So, into the fridge it went for Tuesday night’s dinner.  Tuesday arrived and I put the pork belly in for 8 hours on low.  This is what we ended up with:

Pork bellies

Somehow I felt it turned out a little dry. Eric and Miss DeVore really liked it, though. I guess we really are our own harshest critics.  We rounded out the meal with tossed salad and green beans.  We are trying to watch our figures around here, after all.

Well, okay, we’re not saints, so we had Halloween candy for dessert.  They’ll be plenty left for the kids, so no worries. Heck, we bought enough candy to feed all of Atlanta!  So a few taken here and there won’t hurt anyone.

We are still working on that costume for Eric.  Bolts of fur needed to be moved before we could eat. This costume is overtaking our home! LOL.  Here are some photos of our dining room table that really made me laugh with its randomness.

Even though we took out all the candy,
we only had a few each – really!

Even with these clues, betcha can’t guess
what the costume is!

Eric, Miss DeVore and I were especially giddy last night.  A rollicking good time was had by all.  Pretty much everyday we are having the time of our lives.  We are home in Atlanta, where we belong, surrounded by a zillon of our darlings and life couldn’t be better.

Today I will pick up chicken breasts to make into dilled chicken salad to take to Lisa’s on Friday.  My dilled chicken salad sandwich will then become a lunch special at her adorable Cabbagetown Market.

I encourage you to come visit.

xoxo, Patti