Hello, all! I’m back! Back home in Chicago, and back to business. With a family reunion in New Hampshire, a private chef job in North Carolina and my sister’s wedding in Ohio, each following right after the other, I had a fun and very busy month away from home. But I’ve got to say, it’s certainly nice to be back. And really nice to be blogging again. Thanks for waiting so patiently for my return.
While away, I’ve made sure to keep up with the cooking side of things. Even though it’s been a while since my last blog post (I had very rare internet opportunity while away), we’re still on track with the weekly dinner parties. So, over the next week or so, I’m going to try to fill you in on what exactly I’ve been up to, and catch up with the writing.
Seeing that I’ve been out of town this whole time, you’re probably wondering how I’ve kept up with the cooking and the dinner parties. Well, I’m afraid I had to bend the rules a bit. Not really bend, more like slightly wiggle the rules. Since there was absolutely no way for me to host my own dinner parties while away, I decided that it would have to be okay to include the meals I planned and prepared while down in the Carolinas. I was there for two weeks, cooking lunches and dinners for an extended family of about fifteen. Scrumptious Company fans themselves, they had no problem at all with me blogging about and photographing their dinners. It couldn’t have worked out better, because the meals I served this gracious family were the same sort of fare I blog about here. In fact, many of the meals I cooked for my clients came straight from some of my favorite summer blog posts (like this one, this one and this one). So in this and the following two posts, I’ll fill you in on three of my favorite meals from my time in North Carolina.
The first I’ll share is one of my favorite dinners menus, not just from North Carolina, but from the entire summer. Marinated and grilled lamb chops with some incredible sides (including the green beans with arugula that you’ve seen before). Dessert was actually apple tart tatin, which you’ve also seen before. Normally I wouldn’t serve apple desserts in the height of summer (what with the peaches and so many other fruits being so amazing this time of year), but this happened to be a birthday celebration, and the guest of honor’s absolute favorite dessert was tart tatin. Luckily though, I have an easy substitute on hand to share with you all, because the next day, someone else’s absolute favorite was peach cobbler.