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A cooking fool

I haven't posted in the last several days and I apologize to all of my avid followers  ;)

I've been in town due to having a week from travel and I took the week of May 31 as a much-needed vacation week.  Not really doing anything this week; cooking and sitting by the pool.  The pool...ahhhh, I believe sitting by the pool is my most-favorite pastime.  A good book or mag, a bottle of water, sunscreen and the refreshing water as it calls out to me - Amy, come in come in!

Saturday morning, I trekked to the farmers market along with everyone else in Charlotte.  Fresh veggies and fruits are beginning to make their way to market.  All the vibrant colors are such a pretty site.  I packed my San Fran market tote full and I can't wait to go back for more!  Saturday night, the hubby and I went to Cantina 1511 with my parents and grandparents and had some fabulous guacamole and salsa.  The chimichanga was tasty also - the carne asada, not the chicken.

Sunday morning I stumbled out of bed around 7am to make two of Momofuku's Crack Pie to take to my sis's for lunch.  You heard me - Crack Pie.  And it is like crack, or so I'm guessing since I've never actually snorted or shot crack or whatever it is you do with the stuff.  But this pie - O.M.G.  Let's just say you don't want to know what's in it.  You only want to know that it is outta this world and you cannot get enough of it!!  Michael and I ate it right out of the pan - we couldn't waste the time to put it on a proper plate.  Those precious seconds were seconds that the pie could be in our mouths, making us gush and groan.  Alas (big sigh), our pie is gone and I've yet to make another.  I just can't bring myself to take the 4 sticks of butter out of the fridge.  Wait!!  Shhhh - did I say 4 sticks of butter????  Ignore that comment please because it may make you turn away from the most delicious, most enjoyable, most mmmm-good pie you've ever had!

Tuesday, I pulled out the food processor to make a batch of pesto as I've been longing for fresh pesto for several weeks now.  The food processor didn't work AGAIN.  So I proceeded to have a hissy fit in my small little kitchen (I think I scared the cat and the dog).  Not the first hissy fit I've had over this thing.  Michael was privy to the first one and if I remember correctly, he just stood there and laughed at me.  Anyway, I half-assed my pesto because I was not giving up that easily.  Called Michael, threw the processor in the trash and marched myself into Crate & Barrel and purchased a nice, new, fully-loaded and working food processor!  Yesterday, I made a chocolate marbled banana bread that is absolutely yummy!  Very crumbly, with a cake-like texture.

Also this week, I've made ribeyes with chimichurri (can't get enough of this stuff), extra-thick pork chops with a balsamic vinegar, honey, butter and rosemary glaze (holy cow - it was good!), baked chicken with a lemon, garlic, rosemary and oregano sauce (I get happy just thinking about this), sauteed bok-choy, sauteed spinach w/red pepper flakes, roasted lemon asparagus...mmm, I think that may be it.  No wait!!  Monday, my mommy and I made a  strawberry and rhubarb pie.  Our first cooking with rhubarb and I fell in love with its tartness!  I can't wait to make something else with it!!  I think today's lunch will be a tomato sandwich with loads of Duke's mayo, S&P and Bunny bread - love me some bunny bread!!!

Update on the pota-toe...the blister had decreased.  However, this weekend I found that I had blistered the underside of 2 toes.  But, I'm no longer in pain.  Tuesday night, as I was pulling the asparagus from the stove, i was really trying to be careful but I touched the pan with my finger and now have a pretty little blister on my finger.  Poor Michael - he has been reduced to telling me to 'please be careful' every time I start cooking.  I'm dangerous - there's no two ways about it!!