After such a long absence, it seemed to make a kind of zany sense to attend to things in a sorta Memento chronology---despite my having absolutely no resemblance to Guy Pearce in artistry, aspect or appearance.
Though my brain does take frequent flights and detours, with nowhere near his excuse.
So, starting at the newest of things, hoping to place just ONE of the recent celebrations within some semblance of nearness to its holiday, this is our Valentine's Day Dinner. Celebrated on Monday, 18th February.
Flowers from Caro, in a lovely old square mercury-glass container.
Our simple table setting---if you could have seen the REST of the room, well, SIMPLE was the way to go.
Dinner, courtesy of Caro. I made the salad and Sweetpea and I set the table. The beads and goblet were HER idea, and we all donned our fancy bling as we picked up our napkins.
(Which seem to have escaped---perhaps to a romantic tryst with some missing socks).
Cold, crisp Romaine with thin sweet onion, olives, pepperoncini, garlicky croutons, and a lively sharp Dijon vinaigrette. Makes my tongue curl to describe it.
THE LASAGNA. This stuff perfumed the house all day long, from beginnings of the sauce to the lovely aromas of the baking. And it was SCRUMPTIOUS.
Oh, My. You coulda just stepped in and lounged forever on this bread. It was cut all kinds of ways, with slices of Provolone all tucked in with green onions and garlic butter, then fresh Mozzarella grated on top. Just grab a pinch of crust and PULLLLL off a warm hunk of that gooey goodness. We could have just filled the salad bowls, tossed this foil packet in the middle of the table and called it GOOOD.
Little crimped hearts with cherry filling. I always think of Menolly's little Bubbly Pies when I see such a wonderful, juices-escaping dessert. The sparkle-sugar heart "crust cookies" were for You Know Who.
Dessert Plate---sugar cookie and a scoop of Homemade Vanilla.
Simple and unruffled, but I'd wager Limoge and Sheffield have seen less sumptuous fare, and WAY less interesting company.
I hope all your holidays were wonderful; will try to catch up sometime before the calendar makes full circle.