Charles and I had a really nice weekend. Phoebe was winter camping with friends at a Forest Service Cabin about 40 miles out the road. It had a kerosene stove and she and her friends are young, strong and hardy Alaskans. The temperature has been in the single digits here with strong Taku winds - so camping wouldn't be MY first choice - let's face it, camping is NEVER my first choice, even in warm(ish) weather!
Charles and I spent yesterday running errands. We did some shopping (I got a new blouse at the local consignment shop: turquoise linen!!), went to our storage unit to put away the Christmas decorations, we both got haircuts, and went to a matinee. We saw Joyful Noise - the acting is not great, but the music is wonderful. Dolly Parton looks like she has a plastic surgeon on retainer, but she still is sassy and busty and funny. Queen Latifah's character is cranky, but when she sings...! Anyway, it was a nice way to spend an afternoon after all the running around.
Today, we went to Mass, visited with friends at the coffee hour, then came home and straightened up the house, put away loads (and loads) of laundry, I cleaned our room, and then my friend Irene came over and we watched a chick flick while Charles served at the evening Mass with the Bishop.
Then for dinner, I made one of our favorite dishes: Fettuccine Greta Garbo. I used salmon that our friends Jim and Martha smoked and canned themselves, and I threw in some prawns just for a little change. It was delicious and easy and quick. You melt the butter and saute the garlic until it smells wonderful and garlicky, then add the cooked pasta, and the fish, add the cream (I used half and half) and let it heat up and gets a little thick, then add the cheese and green onions, stir it to mix, and serve. With a green salad (with Fiddlehead Vinaigrette, of course), and a nice glass of white wine, it is a perfect meal.
It is from The Fiddlehead Cookbook. The Fiddlehead was a great restaurant here in Juneau. We were so sad when they closed. Fortunately, Nancy and John DeCherney wrote this great cookbook along with Deborah Marshall and Susan Brook! There is a fun blog, Fiddling Through Fiddlehead that documents the adventure of cooking from the cookbook (a la Julie and Julia, but without the whining).
The illustrations are great! There are so many wonderful recipes in this book. I highly recommend it - it is still in print after 20+ years. My poor copy is dog eared and splattered and falls open at the North Douglas Chocolate Cake recipe (our favorite birthday cake).
Our new dishwasher was installed on Thursday - which made clean up a snap (especially since Charles did the dishes)!
Have a wonderful, delicious, and warm week!