Does this photo of our granddaughters that their father took while they were visiting us last weekend not personify the last lazy days of summer?
I am in love with it and with the two models and was beyond excited to learn they were coming to visit Mimi and PawPaw.
I remembered their dad, our son, once saying that he liked New York cheesecake so I baked my second one of the summer from Ruth Reichl's Garlic and Sapphires, a book my friend Melanie of Comfy House sent me, knowing I was a Reichl fan.
This time I remembered to wrap the springform pan in heavy foil and avoided butter dripping all over my new oven. What a mess that was!
Here's a recipe link for it.
BreeBree kept checking on me while I was cooking.
I marinated chicken the day before our company was due, using another favorite recipe from Reichl, this time from her My Kitchen Year, Food Cart Curry Chicken, recipe here...
I also made a 1940s recipe Cucumber Aspic, but knowing how the majority of you feel about aspics I'll skip a pic of that dish.
The next day RH and I went into our usual time to clean up, company's coming mode and then I set the table...
and went out to the garden to clip some blooms for the table.
Soon it was time to cook our simple supper. I love Reichl's chicken curry recipe because it only takes a few minutes to sauté the chicken and only 20 minutes for a pot of rice cooked in chicken broth.
One of the best sights in the world is these two girls hopping out of the car for a visit.
And since this is Ratting on RH Day, let me 'splain why my New York Cheesecake looks so pitiful.
When you're running a knife around the rim of your cheesecake before releasing the springform latch and your husband insists on helping, be sure he knows you don't want it pried out of the ring, just loosened.
Oh, I would so get it if he were a blogger.
However, his son, and mine, took the pictures of this cheesecake. Does he ever know how to make a messy cheesecake look beautiful, or what?
Now's when I have to highly recommend a children's short movie for you--and I'm not a cartoon-type fan at all but our granddaughters wanted to watch it and who am I to argue with that. Are any of you familiar with...
All too soon it was our last day and a beautiful morning in the garden after breakfast.
Believe it or not, I took these two shots with my phone but how could they help but be good, with my two beautiful models?
Who knew that grasshoppers liked potato chips?
Ah, the last lazy days of summer, they can't be beat, can they?
So you don't like aspic, dear readers?
How do you feel about New York Cheesecake?
Not like that either?
Then how about joining the Gruffalo for a meal of:
Want to join me for a dish of Gruffalo Crumble?