I picked up this cute little notebook at the book store a few weeks ago. The adorable illustrations are by designer Fumi Watanabe , whose enviable list of credentials include stints at Starbucks, Nike and Ikea. At less than $7 it would make a great hostess gift accompanied by a bottle of vino!
The title of the book is what initially caught my eye – The Best of Life is at the Table. I grew up in a family that takes food very seriously. Family bonding time was usually spent in the kitchen “discussing” the proper way to filet a fish or the consistency of the gnocchi. Luckily the tradition has continued into my own home. Most weeknights Billy and I get home from work and make dinner together. I start prepping the meal, he opens a bottle of wine and we talk about our day. Weekends are spent watching football games, going to check out a new art exhibit or entertaining family and friends. But food tends to be the motive behind most of these activities, considering many of our conversations usually go something like this: “The game is at 1:00, so let’s make French Toast Casserole and Mimosas for tailgating”, “Are there any new restaurants to check out by The Met?” or “Let’s make a big pot of Beef Bourgeon and have a few people over.” The best of life truly is at the table (or in some cases the parking lot of a football game;)!
In lieu of restaurant reservations we usually spend Valentines Day at home. As much as I love getting dressed up and going out to eat (see a list of my favorite restaurants here), we’ve experienced one too many subpar “Valentines Day Menu’s” and rushed service. So tonight’s menu will start with:
and the finale will be this heaven on earth, dangerously easy, Molten Chocolate Lava Cake.
I hope you have a wonderful Valentines Day!