Well, I feel the same way about yarn. Yarn may not lick your finger (it does purr occasionally, however) but the feel of fiber under your fingers is extraordinarily calming. During the last week, I found myself picking up one of the two projects I've been shlepping back and forth, just to hold them and maybe finish off a couple of stitches. Knitting is better than Xanax. Now there's a slogan worth promoting.
And now that it is tomorrow, I am somewhat disappointed in the pot roast. It's good - okay good, if you know what I mean. The meat is quite tasty, as eye round is an extremely versatile cut of meat, despite it's lack of marbling. You can roast it, pickle it (like corned beef), and pot roast it. Most cuts of meat are not that talented. But the sauce is just okay, in my estimation, and my idea of putting the dish together with oven-roasted carrots and sweet potato chunks, and dried apricots and prunes, is falling flat. I am my own worst critic, I know. We'll see how it does upon reheat.
To assuage my disappointment, I am going to put together a traditional jambalaya, replete with bacon, chicken, ham, andouille sausage, shrimp, and oysters.
Last night we had dinner with friends at Terrace 390, in the Bank of America Building at (what else?) 390 North Orange Avenue, right across the street from the Orange County Courthouse. I did not go with the lobster bisque, but decided to follow the lead of my fellow eaters and ordered maple bourbon glazed chicken breast with sides of spinach sauteed with garlic, and truffled mac and cheese. The chicken breast was incredibly moist, enhanced with the flavors of applewood smoked bacon, roasted corn, salsa, and topped with melted cheese. What can I say about the truffled mac and cheese? Incredible. Even the vegetables, usually a throwaway item, were delicious, sauteed lightly with enough garlic to please my palate, and to keep me safe from vampires until the year 2024. Another of the diners at our table ordered from the appetizer menu, and her seared sesame tuna tacos were also a big hit, served with guacamole, jicama, cucumber and mixed green salad, and a cucumber honey wasabi drizzle. Now that the craziness of the Casey Anthony case is over, I would recommend you head on over and check out these and other items on their menu. Oh, and don't forget the drink menu. I had a key lime martini. Wheeeee!
Jambalaya recipe is up. The pot roast is good, but not blogworthy. The jambalaya is spectacular, if I say so myself. Which I did. Check it out on the recipe blog.
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