After watching all the cooking and preparation in the movie Julie & Julia, I have been more inclined to cook. So tonight I sliced and diced up some fresh, firm and perfect yellow and orange bell peppers, a big artisan onion (yes the store had them labeled so) and succulent boneless chicken breasts to be served with lightly seasoned and fluffy rice pilaf. The entree will be accompanied by a composed salad featuring market fresh ingredients. You may call this gourmet dish something else depending on your ethnic or regional differences, but here at Chez Smallenburg, we call it leftovers. I love to slice and dice and toss things together. It makes me feel like a real cook. I like to add last night's meat to fresh stuff to make a totally different meal for tonight. It makes me feel efficient. I like to go out to dinner. It makes me feel pampered.
I have been buried in rehearsal dinner favors and place cards. They can't just be ordinary. No. I expect more from myself. The bride has not given me any direction and has turned me loose to come up with things on my own. Why, oh why, does that make the assignment so much more difficult? I have too many ideas and too many things I can use. I finally have narrowed it down to one idea with a couple of dozen steps. Sometimes I just look at myself and ask why.
The rehearsal dinner is at a restaurant called Pinot Bistro in Studio City CA. The website has captured my interest. They have Saturday Morning 3 hour cooking classes for $90. That sounds fun. They have a special for locals a 3 course meal on Sunday nights for $32. If you want more, they have an offer where one can plan a meal with the chef, cook the meal under the chef's supervision and then have 8 of your best friends join you to be served the meal with champagne and wines included for a mere $750. They didn't mention who has to clean up. I really like the concept. Have any of you West-Coasters eaten at Pinot Bistro?
Thank you to yesterday's commenters and those who e-mailed me with their favorite love quotes. There were some gems that I will be using.