Well, after long thought (OK, 17 seconds) I've decided the Hinkelgruber family menu should be brought to the web. A couple of things for you to remember: no substitutions (Charlie's not a short-order cook, after all), and change is inevitable - Charlie may not feel like cooking kim chee on a Tuesday! Oh, and there is one request: if you're joining us for dinner, please either call or text the Scary Lady (you know the number - if you don't, you're really not invited).
Sunday, December 28, 2014
The Hinkelgruber Christmas holiday was terrific, beginning with a fun, fun, fun Christmas Eve party! Nearly all of our favorite people were there (I'm sure some couldn't make it, but after the second glass of wine, I couldn't tell you who it was that we missed.) Christmas morning brought a brand new bicycle to Mrs. Hinkelgruber and I took every opportunity to ride it Christmas Day. And the day after Christmas...And I'd be riding it right now, too, if it weren't raining so hard. (Yep, I'm a "fair weather" rider. Well, I don't have rain gear, but who knows how that might pan out!)
As New Year's Day approaches, the question becomes, "Take down the Christmas tree before New Year's or after?" Today I'm leaning to after.
Happy New Year, everyone!
Sunday, December 21, 2014
Sunday, December 14, 2014
We took a beautiful drive up the Gorge yesterday and I do mean beautiful! I've never been at Crown Point when there has been no wind until yesterday. The last time Mr. Hinkelgruber and I were there, the wind was blowing so hard I didn't get out of the car and I wasn't certain Mr. Hinkelgruber would be returning to it! But yesterday, there was just barely enough wind to sweep out the fog. And once it did, oh, the pictures Mr. Hinkelgruber caught! We continued on to Hood River, picked up a wine shipment and learned about Camp 1805 - a new distillery in Hood River. I can tell you the bartender there knew how to mix a Sazerac - wow! - did it hit the spot!?!
Sunday, December 7, 2014
The drive home was so rainy, daylight was never above a dusk light. We got back into town and the street lights were on - at noon! Oh, well, we had a great respite as a lead-in to the frenzied holiday season.
The holiday decorating is done. If it's artificial, it's here! When I mentioned that I really would like some greenery so that the house would smell a little bit seasonal, Mr. Hinkelgruber said, "I think we could find one of those little pine-tree air-fresheners..." That's a tad too artificial for me.
I'll be taking a knitting class this Tuesday - I'm finally going to learn how those Scandinavians make their stranded, Fair Isle garments. We'll see if I'm not too old to learn!
Oh, and for those of you who read this, we'll be having our annual Christmas Eve bash again this year. Come on over any time after 5:00 pm and bring something you consider finger-food. Oh, and if you want to participate in our version of a gift exchange, 10 lottery scratch-off tickets.
Saturday, November 29, 2014
I went to a local yarn shop (I hear all of you saying, "Wow, what a surprise!?!") and I was the only one there. Bought some yarn for a class I 'm going to take in about ten days. I can hardly wait.
Well, cooking/baking wise: I've made dinner rolls, birthday cake (Happy Birthday, Mr. Hinkelgruber!), and pumpkin pie. How I love this time of year!
Well, the weather outside's not yet frightful, although the weatherman claims we might see some freezing rain Monday. Ah, who cares!?! As long as I have cable TV and internet access, I'm happy.
Sunday, November 23, 2014
Let's begin with perhaps the most important event of this summer: Mr. Hinkelgruber the Youngest graduated from the U of O! What a party that was in June!
Summer came (we survived) and it proved to be mildly warmer than some, not as hot as others...Fall was beautiful! A much nicer September than we've had in a long while. And, although it had a few days of much wetter weather, October proved to also be lovely. And, as a point of fact, the senior Mr. Hinkelgruber was actually sitting on the deck in early November - with the propane heater blasting, of course.
I've begun to bake with a new online baking group - working our way through Dorie Greenspan's Baking Chez Moi. If you're looking for a very accessible French style dessert cookbook, this is the one for you. Dorie Greenspan is a genius - she knows just what home bakers want and need in the way of guidance for recipes you might not otherwise consider. If you're interested in following my progress, you'll find it here http://scaryladyatho.com, or if you'd like to join yourself here's the link to the organizers http://tuesdayswithdorie.wordpress.com.
Thanksgiving is just around the corner and that means Mr. Hinkelgruber's birthday is too (this year, he's the turkey!). So, here's wishing that you eat enough to require elastic waste pants, but not so much you're filled with regret on Friday.
Saturday, May 31, 2014
We cleaned the basement today! We used to get a dumpster every year and do a cleaning. This is the first time in about five years that we've done it. And, it wasn't as bad as I had originally thought it would be. The basement is still a basement (you'll never mistake our basement for additional living space), but there's no longer a fear that anyone will injure themselves downstairs.
Sunday, May 25, 2014
Mr. Hinkelgruber cleaned off the grill (grilling season is officially ON!) and we finished planting the final annuals in planter pots. I nearly made it to 30-days of sobriety - we had a boil water alert Friday that simply provided me with evidence of a higher power: He/She wanted me to drink wine! So, I (we) did!
A beautiful week coming our way, I'm sure.
Saturday, May 17, 2014
Mr. Hinkelgruber and I planted our annual crops: petunias (yes, Mr. Hinkelgruber did them all!), impatiens (I did all those!), and tomatoes (a joint effort!). I also planted ten peony bulbs/tubers/rhizomes - whatever they are - because I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE peonies! I can hardly wait for spring and summer to progress.
This next week is supposed to be a lovely one - and this is why we live here!
Sunday, May 11, 2014
For over a month now, I've been meaning to bake a Lemon Buttermilk Pie with Saffron. Even went to the expense of buying saffron! (Don't ask me what saffron tastes like - I assume like saffron!) Well, for Mother's Day, I finally have it in the oven baking. It was relatively easy, and very pretty as it bakes. I'll let you know how it tastes.
Oh! And, I got one of the best Mother's Day gifts ever! A family portrait done by the younger Hinkelgruber son. What a talent!
Saturday, May 3, 2014
Sunday, April 6, 2014
It's only two weeks until the Mr. and I head for Lost Wages for a week. We're trying out a new locale this time: Red Rocks Resort. Mr. Hinkelgruber will be taking some photos at the Red Rocks Canyon National Conservation Reserve. I will be making sure I'm getting my beauty sleep.
Sunday, March 30, 2014
The concrete guy says he's going to pour on Tuesday, so a week from now, we should at least have some new concrete sidewalks and maybe even two new retaining walls. I only hope the back wall is constructed in time that the sloughing at the alley stops before our yard ends up in the alley.
I think I hear my oven calling - I think this April fool will be baking this week!
Saturday, March 22, 2014
How does that adage go, "In the spring a young man's fancy turns to thoughts of love...?" Well, when you're a middle aged woman and man, it turns of thoughts of new concrete! We got an estimate today, and it looks like we're getting two new retaining walls, new stairs, a new back porch, new sidewalks - whew - that's a lot of concrete.
The other thing this woman's thoughts turn to is lemony desserts! This week? Lemon meringue pie! Yum!
Saturday, March 8, 2014
Sunday, February 23, 2014
This weekend was a foodie's heaven: wine and cheese tasting (oh, let's be honest - it was feasting, not tasting) on Friday, all the crab we could eat (can you say, "Crab coma"?) at the Greek church on Saturday - what a weekend! The real problem with this, is it makes it difficult for Mr. Hinkelgruber to plan a menu for the week. How do you follow that?
The end of this coming week brings the Rose City Yarn Crawl - can I possibly 'need' more yarn?
Saturday, February 15, 2014
So, I love to travel. But, I'm so lucky to have a personal chef. And, that's why I love to come home - I love home cooking - Mr. Hinkelgruber's home cooking. Breakfast is at least as good, if not better when Mr. Hinkelgruber cooks breakfast. And, oh, dinners are never bad - as you can see from this week's menu.
Monday, February 3, 2014
On a happier note, our Seattle Seahawks trounced the Denver Broncos in yesterday's Superbowl! Woohoo! What a game! Now I get to go back to Vegas and collect on that bet I laid down on those guys. Way to go, fellas.
Sunday, January 19, 2014
Because we weren't here for Halloween - I didn't get my chili fix. Mr. Hinkelgruber took care of my jones by preparing white bean and chicken chili for dinner. Ahhh....hog heaven!
Saturday, January 11, 2014
Mr. Hinkelgruber has started a photography class and his first homework assignment was to take five photographs. The most fun today was watching him try to get to the park between rain showers to take the photos. Trip one - over before he got to the corner. Trip two - he made it to the corner across from the park. Trip three - finally he made it. He was gone about 30-minutes before the next shower. And, he got some really wonderful photos.
Saturday, January 4, 2014
We tried a new place to eat, the Italian Kitchen, right behind Belmont Station Brew Pub. I've heard it said that the real reason you can't get a decent Philly Cheesesteak on the west coast is because you can't get the right bread. All I know is that the Italian Kitchen makes its sandwiches using some of the best bread I've ever eaten! I had a roast beef and Mr. Hinkelgruber had a pork, and they were both outstanding!