Friday Night Date Night

by Cate on December 31, 2005

Finally, the end of what seemed like a really long week. Funny how the shorter weeks never really seem shorter, especially at work, because we end up cramming 5 days of work into 3-1/2 days, but at least it was quiet at the office. But after a difficult visit to the PO to get a passport done, I was more than ready for today to end.

Nicholas and The Girlfriend had their Friday Night Date Night, happy as clams with their Dino Shaped Chicken Nuggets. Very discriminating tastes they have. And speaking of clams, that’s what I had … Vermicelli with White Wine Clam Sauce. Not a wow, but a simple weeknight meal (I’ll post the recipe for that one tomorrow).

Took the Pear Custard Bars into the office today and they were a hit, with the dish being nearly wiped out by lunchtime. I think I’d definitely make them again. They don’t cut quite as neatly as I’d like them to, but I’m probably a little too anal-retentive about that. They still taste pretty darn good and being a unique combination, they’re worth keeping in my file. I particularly like the pecan-studded shortbready base.

Planning a New Years’ Eve get-together with The Neighbors tomorrow night, making an earlier celebration so the kids can get involved. And let’s face it, staying up ’till midnight to see the ball drop just doesn’t have the same novelty it did 10 years ago. Guess it’s a sign we’re getting old. ;)

Planning a simple, kick back, hang out on the floor and just munch type of meal and here’s what I’ve got on tap:

Pre-Dinner Munchies:
White Bean Bruschetta
Crabbies, courtesy of The Neighbor
Maybe one more thing…

Shrimp Cocktail
Raw Oysters
Salt and Pepper Shrimp
Szechuan Shrimp
OMG Mussels with Hot, Crusty Bread
Scallop Casserole

Dessert and Cocktails:
The Neighbor is bringing, and I heard a rumor of Chocolate Raspberry Martinis – yum!

OK folks, all for tonight. Tune in this weekend to get the recipes for our New Years’ Eve celebration and the December New Recipe Round-Up. This weekend also brings back Weekend Dog Blogging, now in its 15th week, so if you have a cute picture of your pup you’d like to share, e-mail me the jpeg by 9 pm Sunday night and post about it on your blog. Round-up goes up Sunday night. Also, visit Kalyn’s Kitchen to participate in Weekend Herb Blogging #13 and Clare (with a reunited Kiri) at Eat Stuff for Weekend Cat Blogging #30.

I’m leaving you with a few pictures of Nicholas and Beauregard. Beau is my parents’ dog and they’ve been out of town all week, so we’ve been dogsitting. Nicholas has taken this responsibility very seriously, and I think Beau might be going home even more spoiled than he was when he came here … and I didn’t think that was possible! Until tomorrow …

Dogsitting 101

Turning Beau into a Tom & Jerry Fan

Pear Custard Bars
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/3 cup white sugar
3/4 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
2/3 cup pecans, chopped
1 (8 oz.) brick cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup white sugar
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 (15 oz.) can pears, drained and cut into slices
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Cream butter and sugar until well mixed. Beat in flour and vanilla until creamy. Stir in nuts. Press into an 8″ pan that has been well breased. Bake at 350°F for 20 minutes or until the edges are browned. Cool completely. Cream the cream cheese with the remaining sugar, vanilla, and egg until combined. Spread mixture over cooled crust. Layer pears on top, mix cinnamon and sugar and sprinkle over pears. Bake at 375°F for 28-30 minutes. Cool and store in the refrigerator at least 2 hours before serving.

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rpm December 31, 2005 at 4:09 am

Beau looks like a good babysitter!! Keeps the boy in place and won’t let him up. What are the exact instructions for the weekend dog blogging? Thanks for coming by my place a few weeks ago and inviting me to take part.


Cate December 31, 2005 at 4:16 am

Mama – LOL. Didn’t think of that take on it. Maybe we should keep Beau around longer! To participate in WDB, just e-mail me the jpeg of the picture you want to include, and include a mention/link of the round-up on your site. Round-up goes up Sunday night, so need it by 9 pm. That’s it. Feel free to e-mail me if you have any other ?s.


paz December 31, 2005 at 5:28 am

Cute pics of the two!



Cyndi December 31, 2005 at 5:29 pm

Hey there! I’m getting ready to get the ingredients together for the Thai Beef Salad – in your description, you stated “full of veggies: cucumbers, celery and tomatoes.” But there’s no listing for celery in the recipe. Then in the instructions for the recipe, you mention celery leaves. I don’t see either in the photo. Can you help clarify? Thanks! And I think I’ll try soy sauce.


Cate December 31, 2005 at 10:36 pm

Sorry for the confusion. I used the leafy part of celery in the Thai Beef Salad, chopped very finely, and actually celery in the Ham Salad.


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