Happy Fourth of July!

by Cate on July 5, 2005

Just a quick post today, ’cause I’m beat! I’ll put up some of the 4th of July recipes in tomorrow’s post.

Went to IKEA today and got a few things, namely a new desk for my home office, which I’m excited about it. I’d be more excited if they had the legs for it, but they were out of them, so I took a chance and bought the table-piece anyway. It’s a simple desk – just a top and 4 legs, wood with an antique finish. Not sure how they can run out of legs, but not tables. You’d think everyone would be buying them in sets together, no? Have tomorrow off (milking the 3-day weekend for just one more day), so might run down to another IKEA location to see if they have the legs in stock.

Anyways, when I got there, I hadn’t had breakfast because I wanted to be there when they opened in the hopes of beating the crowds a bit. Fat chance! I made my way upstairs first, to grab something quick to eat in their cafeteria. Being a Swedish company, their slant on food is decidely different. They have a breakfast platter that comes with Swedish pancakes topped in Lingonberry sauce, Swedish potatoes with toasted sesame seeds, sausages and the creamiest scrambled eggs I’ve ever had. I wish I had my camera with me to snap a photo for you, but trust me, the plate was full and gorgeous. I wasn’t THAT hungry, and was planning to pick through it, but ended up eating it all – it was THAT good! The best part? The whole plate of food WITH a drink was the supreme bargain at 99 cents!!! When checking out, I also bought a box of mix to make the Swedish pancakes at home. Very similar in style, texture and thickness to crepes, I’m going to try the mix and then start looking for some from-scratch recipes.

Had my family over for a nice, relaxing Fourth of July holiday BBQ. Menu was Zesty Parmesan Corn, Orzo Salad with Lemon and Herb Dressing, Chinese Salad, Bacon-Cheddar Deviled Eggs, Hamburgers, Hangar Steak, Chips and Dip, Muddy Buddies, White Chocolate Bundt Cake and White Chocolate-Eclair Icebox Dessert. My Mom also brought two great salads, one with Spinach and Shrimp, the other with Green Beans and Potatoes (Ma – need those recipes!). The highlights for me were the Orzo Salad, the White Chocolate Bundt cake and my Mom’s Green Bean and Potato Salad. All were new recipes, but will definitely be repeated.

Hope you had a great holiday … tune in tomorrow to find out what’s on tap for the week.

Until then…

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Stephanie July 5, 2005 at 4:03 pm

You know, as many times as we hit the IKEA in Emeryville, I don’t think we ever stopped at the cafeteria. I think it’s beacuse Swedish fare is decidely non-vegetarian friendly!

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Sadaf Trimarchi July 5, 2005 at 11:34 pm

I don’t know how you find the time to make such a phenomenal sounding menu, but it’s inspiring.

Ours was decidedly more minimalist…given hubbie’s preference for all things meat. The sides tend to get lost along the way. Lots of beef/chicken/sausage.

I’ll have to be in charge of the next barbeque. Will keep some of your recipes in mind. Thanks for the search hint.

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Indira July 6, 2005 at 8:27 pm

I love 99cent breakfast at Ikea. What’s not to love about it,so fulfulling and tasty too.

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