I love a good excuse to spend an entire day in the kitchen. To me, there is something about chopping, peeling, grating and cooking all day. No time pressure, no worries, just a nice relaxing day to cook. So I invited a few people over for Memorial Day and used it as my excuse to cook.
I started with chicken and ribs. Orange and thyme marinated chicken and cider braised ribs.
The chicken was a total experiment. Zest and juice of two oranges, thyme from the garden, three chopped cloves of garlic, salt, pepper and olive oil. Marinade for twenty four hours. The pork was simple and tasted oh so good …
and mix it for a LONG time to come up with that pie … Well, it is worth posting again. Although whoever decided that it takes “7-10 minutes” to get eggs to 160 degrees over a double boiler while mixing with an electric mixer was insane. Try 23 minutes. But the pie is so worth it.
And since I can’t do dessert half way and it is the beginning of summer, I had to go with berry shortcake.
The picture at the top is the lizard one of the cats brought in. I thought it had gone back outside, but apparently it went up in the pantry and sat near my vanilla. I almost had a heart attack but Bob saved the day – I think he was afraid I may not move it myself and then all the desserts would not get made.
Hope everyone had a great Memorial Day!