This was a fun weekend, despite the fact that I was not at Boston Calling seeing the Avett Brothers. Wah!
Saturday I went to an all-day cooking class at Le Cordon Bleu! I drive by there every time I head into and out of Charlestown, but it never occurred to me that they do anything beyond the actual cooking school (for a diploma/certificate). Then I saw a Groupon* good for two-for-one on a single all-day cooking class at the Bleu Ribbon Kitchen—and grabbed it. I invited the friend who had invited me to that paella-making class last winter, figuring that she would be game. We perused the scheduled classes and our calendars and settled on "The Italian Series: Piedmont." The menu consisted of Braised Short Ribs, Creamy Herbed Polenta, Escarole with Pancetta and Chile Flakes, and Almond Panna Cotta with Amarena Cherries. (Are you drooling yet?)
The place is gorgeous. We started off in a large demo room, where the chefs showed us how we'd be making the dishes. Then we headed up to the actual working kitchens and got busy. It was really fun to work with all the professional equipment, particularly the GIANT range, and to chat with the chefs.
Gotta keep whisking that polenta! It was a really fun day, and always nice to reconnect with an old friend—we grew up across the street from each other!
That night we realized that Julie had never seen "Guys and Dolls," so we watched it on demand. Andy was on the stage crew for that show when he was in high school, so he knows every single word to every single song. Julie now has a mad crush on the young Brando; I am more of a young Sinatra fan myself.
Sunday I took Julie shopping for some fall clothes. Just before we headed home, we went back to a store that we'd already been to, and at that very instant, I ran into another dear old friend, who was in town for a weekend getaway with her mom and sisters. We hadn't seen each other in probably 10 years! I couldn't stop grinning after that.
When we got home, Julie decided to make chocolate-glazed donuts, and who was I to argue with that. I will post the recipe and photo tomorrow, but I will tell you now that they were SPLENDID.
That night we realized that Julie had never seen "West Side Story," so we watched it on demand. It's amazing how un-menacing those evil gang guys look now! (And if you're noticing a trend, yes indeed—next up are "The Music Man" and "Oklahoma"! I knew if I had enough kids, one of them would be into musicals!)
Later on, Pete, Julie, and I sat outside in our jammies and fleeces to watch the Supermoon.
A lovely weekend, all around.
*For me, "Groupon" has become genericized, à la Scotch tape and Jello and Kleenex. This particular "Groupon" was in fact a Travel Zoo voucher.