Saturday, February 20, 2010

Aunt Bettie

Every Sunday, we have Sunday dinner with Justin's mom. A few months ago, we had the pleasure of adding one more person to the dinner table. Bettie lives in the same apartment building as Tracey (Justin's Mom) and has become an integral part of our family and our lives. She is an amazing chef and former culinary teacher, who has completely embraced helping us with our food menu.

This past Sunday, she surprised us with a "Hall of Records" inspired dinner. There were snacks and soups and salads and spreads. She wanted to give us a visual of what we were already thinking for our menu along with some great surprises.

She made the best tomato soup I had ever tasted - made with real crushed tomatoes and topped with fresh shaved parmesan and a spoon full of tapenade. She also made this amazing split pea and potato soup. But first, she served snacks, spreads and bread.

She showed us some new things that we definitely want to put on our menu. Namely, a bread plate with tapenade, confit (con-fee) and olive oil. The olive oil is a must because it's something we already live on. Tapenade is an amazing mix of olives, capers, anchovies and olive oil. Confit is red onions marinated in balsamic and cooked down. The three together makes for an amazing snack combination and we can't wait to have it on the menu!

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