Thursday, August 20, 2009

Kuzak Flies the Coop! A Solo Thursday Night!

This is in my oven right now roasting away!

Well, Divas, I'm all on my own tonight, cooking for one. It's just me and the Monster in here. Kuzak has flown the coop, bound for Chicago on a jet airliner for his fantasy football draft, pretty much the most holy occasion for most red-blooded American men. Of course, he is managing to fit in a jaunt to Publican tomorrow night, the sneaky bastard, in the middle of his testosterone fueled weekend. So what, oh what, will I do with myself?

Well, for starters, tonight I'm making my Roasted Tomato Soup (click here for recipe). It's delicious and great for leftovers! I also was fortunate enough to procure some La Quercia Speck at Whole Foods, so I'm pairing the soup with a speck and arugula salad. A great, healthy dinner! For wine, I'm sipping a half bottle of Justin 2006 Cabernet. And finally, for dessert, I have organic peaches, organic strawberries and organic raspberries as well as some Ciao Bella Blackberry Cabernet Sorbet. Kuzak just doesn't know what he's missing!

"Awesome, it's just me and The Diva here tonight! Now I get to sleep on Kuzak's side of the bed!"
-The Monster

And what's a Diva to do tomorrow? Well, I'm planning to whip up a batch of homemade hummus! I think I'm actually harboring a serious addiction to the stuff. If I could mainline it, I would! I make mine extra garlicky. I'm also planning to add some toasted curry tomorrow. Another cool trick is that I make a huge batch, and then freeze several portions so that it will last me for weeks. And, trust me, the store bought stuff pales in comparison. And, oh yeah, I have a chicken carcass in my freezer just begging to be transformed into stock. I can hear it calling to me now, "Please Diva, simmer me with aromatics for hours!"

And for dinner tomorrow, I may braise some cassoulet (click here for recipe). Anyone want to come over for dinner? Hit me up and let me know! I'll have plenty. And I can promise you the Monster would be thrilled to host guests. More legs for him to hump! In the meantime, I'm wishing you all a great Thursday night!

Businesses Mentioned:

La Quercia

Based in Iowa and using the highest quality pigs available, this husband and wife team make the BEST prosciutto and other cured meats! Seriously, I'm obsessed with their products. Available at Whole Foods and other specialty stores.

Justin Winery
11680 Chimney Rock Rd.
Paso Robles, CA 93446
(805) 238-6932

A great Paso Robles winery that actually makes delicious, not over oaked, affordable Cabernet! What a find! We loved their 2004 vintages, but currently the 2006 is drinking great! Click here to check out their website!

Source For Ingredients:

vine-ripened tomatoes, organic garlic, La Quercia speck, Kenter Canyon organic wild arugula from Whole Foods

organic thyme and organic basil from the Hollywood Farmers Market

Music on Tap:

Sarah Jarosz - Song Up In My Head

This bluegrass phenom is only 19 years old! I'm completely obsessed with her CD! Even if you never thought you'd like bluegress, this girl will blow you away with her song-writing prowess and musicianship. Check out her CD today. Click here for link to Amazon!

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