Day 265: Maskless Entertaining

We had a small but delightful, spur-of-the-moment dinner party with old friends. No masks were worn.

I saw two more cicadas today!

*She worked with Dean and is now in my book group, he is currently Chief of Staff (new position — not mentioned on the website yet) for the director of NIH (and regularly talks to Our Favorite Doctor — even as much as hanging out with the Good Doctor and his wife, another Good Doctor, for her birthday.)

Day 37: Reprieve

I delight in both cooking for others and entertaining guests. However cooking for others and entertaining also wears me out — even if it is just cooking for family. That’s why, when Andrew texted me this morning that he’d gotten the day wrong when he and Alex could come over for Alex’s birthday dinner and would it be possible to do it tomorrow, I felt delighted. I’d planned a too-elaborate menu* (which is typical for me) and was not sure how I would get it all done in time for dinner. I’d planned on starting the risotto by caramelizing the onions yesterday, but I was too lazy to do so. I’d also planned on roasting the eggplant for the caponata. Ditto. Finally, I was going to completely make the tiramisu so it could chill for at least 24 hours. Nope, that didn’t happen either. I was also going to start the focaccia (the sourdough version that rises in the fridge).

So when I learned that I had a whole day to do what I’d planned on doing yesterday, I felt like a schoolgirl hearing that my history exam was postponed because of a snow day. I made the caramelized onions today and the house smells delightful!

At least I made a plan today!

*Planned Menu:


  • Cheese (two Italian, one cow and one goat) and crackers
  • Caponata served alongside focaccia


  • Caramelized onion risotto
  • Deep dish pizza
  • Cauliflower and lentil salad
  • Roasted red peppers


  • Tiramisu
  • Espresso