Deep (high up) in the mountains.
Growing up in the southern Adirondacks, you are kind of left feeling like you are living on the verge of something wild - but driving a couple hours due North leaves you realizing that you don't know wild from a hill of beans.
There might have been an abominable snowman sighting along the way.
I often wonder how two children - just over a year apart in age - brought up in pretty much the same environment can be so stinkin' different.
It's a life mystery.
Making the soup itself wasn't that difficult either... Saute vegetables. Add broth (I used both chicken and beef, since I had two partials in the fridge and didn't want to break into a new carton) and cauliflower. Cook until everything is tender. Run the immersion blender through it to puree. Season to taste. Spoon into a bowl and top it with a healthy dose of bacon. (Ei's suggestions of cheeze-it-ish crackers and Diane's use of truffle oil are pretty clever and I totally wish I had thought of them).
To complicate things, I went for a FFwD rewind and made a couple of the recipes that I missed from the beginning of the group: Gougeres & Hachis Parmentier.
Some people might say that I tried making too many new to me recipes in one shot.
They are probably right - but I'll never admit it.
The gougeres were like tasty pâte à choux puffs. They made me happy.
I was kind of scared of the hachis parmentier. It reminded me of Shepherd's pie - which is not a huge favorite. And it was a bit of a pain in the butt to make. But it turns out that I liked it.
The hachis parmentier was good the first day, but I liked it even better as leftovers. Although, after having it the night I made it and then having it for lunch four days in a row, I was ready to be done with it.
That leaves me with the faux pho and Gerard's mustard tart (which I have made before, but seem to have lost all photographic evidence) and I will be caught up. Woot!
In other news, Runner Girl is winding down her first semester and is in final exam stressed out to the max mode. I had to make her a study timeline - of course, I pulled out Excel and whipped one up. Nothing centers this girl's world like organizing! It's too bad that I am so far off center right now.
Christmas is just over two weeks away and I still have done nothing to prepare - unless watching all the Christmas specials on TV counts as preparing. The Nightmare Before Christmas is probably my favorite - Tim Burton films are always a hit in this house. The Grinch is a very close second. The Polar Express is on deck tonight.
Have a great weekend all.