The B Family went to Half Price Books last night, and I scored three new cookbooks, along with my Father-in-Law’s next holiday present. God bless him. He has suffered through nine years of crazy gifts from me. But he loved his talking George Bush doll, and his Chia Obama. Okay, loved is maybe too strong a word, but he did enjoy seeding Chia Obama’s ears, eyebrows and nostrils, so at least we know he was entertained.
Anyway, cookbooks. This is about cooking, not my inappropriate gift giving–I can’t even remember how that started. I get normal gifts for everyone else. Only Pop gets the nutjob treatment. Cookbooks.
I’ve done a fair amount of cooking today, for having only gotten started after four o’clock. I made my crackers this morning, then went to the grocery store and came home with the fixings for five recipes out of my new books. I also came home with steamed crab legs, cooked lobster tail, and shrimp cocktail because my mother has addicted my child to crustaceans and he has been begging me for crab for two weeks.
While I was resteaming the crab legs, I got started on Goat Cheese Tarts from the Step-by-Step cookbook. This is my kind of book! It is full of pictures, showing you how to, what to, and how it should look. I’m pretty visual. That helps me.
They don’t look like much, and I was actually afraid to eat one. I served them to B first, since I had finished cracking and cleaning his crab legs first. He said they were very good, so I tried one. Um…I have 4 left. I am saving them for tomorrow. Maybe.
But the relish is the thing. That relish is delicious! It is exactly the right balance between sweet and savory. Nom nom nom. Probably a ridiculous amount of calories per bite, but I don’t care. That’s good eatin’!
I had a lot of lobster left over, so I have made lobster salad. We’ll see how that is tomorrow, and if I like it, I’ll tell you what I threw together for that.