A family that we know very well visited the East Coast this last month. They took lots of pictures of their trip which we enjoyed seeing on Facebook. They did make a stop in Maine and began showing photos of lobster rolls. I couldn’t get my mind off lobster rolls (especially after seeing so many pictures), so I thought we should make them with our own spin.
Yes!Chef! loves pork. Until he started cooking pork for me, I always turned up my nose at any mention of recipes that included pork. My experience with pork has been dried up meat that needed lots of barbecue sauce in order to be able to choke it down.
My mind has been changed with some of the recipes Y!C! has made…specifically the Pressure Cooker Carnitas Recipe and the Pulled Pork Recipe he made last summer. And now, he’s found a Pulled Pork Recipe that is more to his liking: spicy, sweet and no-creamy cole slaw.
“Buckwheat: Do you like pickles?
Porky: i think they stink!
Buckwheat: I love pickles
Porky: My mum makes me eat them
Buckwheat: I’m crazy about em!
Porky: I’ll sell you my pickle for a nickle
Buckwheat: How bout 2 cents..
Buckwheat: I’ve got two pickles. I’ve got two pickles. I’ve got two pickles today .. hey hey.. !”
Little Rascals 1994
I love pickles!
But they can’t just be any old pickle. I do not like bread and butter pickles and I do not like wimpy pickles. I like crisp, crunchy, dilly pickles. I also like sweet pickles on occasion, but dills are my favorite because they make my mouth water.
I might just be a pickle connoisseur.
I think I’ve mentioned before that my family loves to get together and celebrate. Frequently, we have nothing special to celebrate, but we just like to get together, laugh and eat good food. However, on Sunday we had many reasons to celebrate: it was the first time the whole family had been together since Christmas, my daughter had returned from 5 1/2 months in Africa; we’ve officially welcomed daughter’s boyfriend into the family, my oldest son and his girlfriend had returned from an interesting vacation to the hot midwest, my youngest son had his first accident in the car and neither people nor property (except a few cinder blocks) were hurt; Yes!Chef! was starting a new job and I had just landed a great magazine photo shoot. Yes, those were all good reasons to celebrate. But, mostly we just all wanted to get together.
“How about a lunch date?” my friend, Pam, asked me the other day via email. I’m always up for getting together with her, so we met yesterday at a little French cafe called Cafe Rolle in Sacramento, CA. It’s located in one of my favorite parts of Sacramento.
UPDATE 05/09/12: More pictures added from the photo shoot I did at this wonderful bistro located in Cameron Park, CA.
Chef John welcomed my husband and I into his bistro with a friendly smile and big hug. Yes!Chef! (Corby) interned with Chef John for over a year learning much from the Cordon Bleu (France) graduate. Chef John’s use of fresh ingredients and elegant cooking style is something you just don’t get in many restaurants. The food tastes as good as it looks.
I will be going back as a customer and to photograph his lunch and breakfast foods. A very yummy assignment!