Another long week has come and gone. I can’t believe it’s Friday already! It’s shaping up to be a crazy-busy weekend. It’s packed with two birthday parties for Nicholas to attend, a flea market table (assuming the weather holds out), a haircut appointment for Nicholas and The Husband, Nicholas has dinner at his grandparents tomorrow night, dinner party here Sunday, and, of course, most importantly … Mother’s Day! Phew!
Speaking of Mother’s Day, we all elected to stay in this year, and everyone’s coming over here for dinner. Here’s the plan:
Crispy Olives Stuffed with Sausage
Foccacia with Bleu Cheese and Honey
Hangar Steak with Olive Oil and Herbs
Dulce de Leche Brownies
Individual Ice Cream Mix-In Station (this is a fun interactive dessert)
I think that should cover it … look good? What are your plans for Mother’s Day? Anything exciting, or a nice easy day?
This week, the James Beard Foundation announced their 2005 awards. You can see the full listing of the awards results, photos and winners’ speeches from the ceremony here.
KitchenAid presented their Cookbook of the Year award to Rick Stein’s Complete Seafood. Their Cookbook Hall of Fame award went to The Great Scandinavian Baking Book. Criteria for this award is that it had to have been in publication for over 10 years and made a significant and lasting impact. Never heard of either of these two cookbooks actually, so I’m going to have to check them out.
The Lifetime Achievement Award went fittingly to Jacques Pepin. Television winners included Martha Stewart (“Martha Stewart Living”), Mary Babbitt (“In Wine Country: Cool Kitchen”), and Bobby Flay (“Bobby Flay Chef Mentor”).
Best Vegetarian Cookbook: Olive Trees and Honey: A Treasury of Vegetarian Recipes from Jewish Communities Around the World (I have this one!!).
Best General Cookbook: Joanne Weir’s Weir Cooking in the City
Best Entertaining and Special Occasions Cookbook: Serena, Food & Stories by Serena Bass (I have this one as well – excellent, fun stories).
Best Single Subject Cookbook: All About Braising by Molly Stevens
Best Writing on Food: Last Chance to Eat by Gina Mallet
Best International Cookbook: Provence Cookbook by Patricia Wells
Danny Meyer won the Waterford Wedgewood Outstanding Restaurateur Award and Mario Batali won the All-Clad Cookware Outstanding Chef Award.
The winners are quite an esteemed bunch, so if you haven’t had a chance to check them out, do so.