Sunday, September 21, 2008

A Busy October

It's almost 80 degrees today so it's hard to believe it's almost October. We're going to Ireland tomorrow for a week and it will be fall when we return. I have a very busy schedule starting when I get home

October 4 Fall Baking at The Kitchen Window
October 7 Showcase Minnesota- Fall Favorites from Baking Basics and Beyond
October 11 Baking demo in the Baking Lab at the Mill City Museum
October 29 at Byerly's in St. Louis Park from 6-7 p.m with a book signing.

Now that it's baking season again it's good to be busy.

In October my recipes are appearing in Chicagoland's Senior News and on their online edition. I'm really excited about it!

I'll be taking careful notes on the food and restaurants we experience on our trip as Ireland has gotten a fine reputation for the quality of thier food lately.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Dinner at Heidi's

Tuesday night Duncan and I had dinner at Heidi's, a new restaurant in south Minneapolis, that has been getting rave reviews. It's a small restaurant and most tables were filled during our dinner enen on a Tuesday night. One complaint that I have is that it is very loud, an unfortunate trend I'm finding in many restaurants.. but onto the food.

I had an appetizer- the only salad on the menu- Marinated Beets on Goat Cheese Parfait. It was a delightful combination of textures and flavors, with a light vinaigrette. The beets were sliced wafer thin and cut out with a delicate scallop. They were arranged on top of a strip of a light and airy goat cheese. It looked like a caterpillar with two antennae on one end. For an entree, I had a moist pork chop with orange mashed potatoes and an orange thyme au jus. My husband had the meltingly tender lamb shank which fell off the bones. Dessert was an apple clafouti and was dense and heavy with little flavor. It garnished with peanuts which were unusual but added nothing.

The menu had a nice selection of items and was moderately priced. We'll go back!