I think anyone who reads this blog knows how our family feels about home made soup. We love it. We even love soup in the summer as long as it is a cold soup like gazpacho. Many soups are also good for the waist-line (and every other body line, for that matter) and many people are concerned about their weight starting this new year…including me! Yes!Chef! said he could stand to lose a few pounds, too.
***UPDATE on motto: So we had a little dust-up with our new (and I thought original) motto: “Love people. Cook them tasty food.” That motto actually belongs to Penzy spices. I’m so sorry that we used it. When I told Yes!Chef! about it and asked him for a new motto, the first words out of his mouth were, “because life is too short to eat crappy food.” Well, that is true. I cleaned it up a little and rewrote it on the chalkboard until I can think of something else that may be a little less…ummm…blunt. If you can think of anything, leave me a comment. Again, I apologize to Penzy Spices.
It was Yes!Chef!’s and my anniversary on Tuesday. Y!C! invited me out to dinner to celebrate. We don’t go out to dinner much (usually on our anniversary and my birthday), so this was a real treat. We headed to Placerville to a little restaurant called The Luna Cafe. It’s a small cafe tucked away in downtown Placerville. We walked in and were warmly greeted by the owner. There were several other couples there but because it was a Tuesday night, the place was not full. We had a great time and met several other couples in the restaurant who were also celebrating their anniversaries. The hospitality of the owner was wonderful and the food was more than plentiful.
There are two things I look forward to in the summertime: Farmers Markets and Great Tasting Tomatoes. It seems like I can’t seem to get enough of either. I try to go to the Farmers Market as often as possible and I can’t resist the tomatoes (both buying them and taking pictures of them.) So it’s natural that I would make Gazpacho with them. Well, maybe it would not be natural to anyone else, but it was natural to me.
Last night’s dinner was a hamburger prepared by Yes! Chef! Of course, since he prepared it, it was not an ordinary hamburger. It was perfectly cooked, with a thin layer of Provolone Cheese, caramelized sliced mushrooms and wonderfully caramelized onions. And since he loves Brussel Sprouts, we had them roasted and lightly oiled and seasoned. I don’t know if my photos do this simple dinner justice, but it was mighty tasty. I love the simplicity of this rustic food. Add a great glass of French Bordeaux and it was a memorable dinner. Continue reading “Yes! Chef! Becomes a Guinea Pig for my Food Photography Class. Or Hamburger with Brussel Sprouts”