Sunday, February 14, 2010

14 February 2010 – Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine's Day everyone! We've had a snowy weekend here in Atlanta, and we are under another winter storm warning for tonight with 2-4 more inches of snow expected. Since we never get a lot of snow in the South, it is all very exciting! We had around 4 inches on Friday, so we went over to Jeff and Cory's house for a snow party. Jeff made some amazing chicken, turkey and beef sliders with tater tots, french fries, baked beans and chocolate chip cookies! We ate dinner and watched the opening ceremonies for the Vancouver Winter Olympics. It was a very fun night. So today is Valentine's Day, and I am making a hearty Sunday Supper. Thanks to my friend Alissa Walker, I am trying a no-knead bread recipe: Alissa sent me the recipe after I posted a story about the failure of my KitchenAid Stand Mixer the last time I made homemade bread. I have been fighting with KitchenAid for the past week, and all they did was try to convince me that I did something wrong. Not the way to get me to go away! Anyway, I will be switching to the Cuisinart stand mixer in the near future! Cooks Illustrated rates it the best, so I look forward to trying it. To go with the bread, I am cooking an Italian chicken stew, and in honor of the holiday, I made a classic chocolate cream pie.

On a sad note, we learned this morning that our dear friend and neighbor, Mary Sparks, passed away at the age of 88. She was one-of-a-kind and one sweet lady. We met Mary when our neighborhood was threatened with commercial development. We organized the Historic Canton Homeowners Association, and fought the old mayor who had promised to keep our neighborhood residential – until he sold out to developers. After a long, difficult fight, we won the battle to "Keep East Main Street Residential," but it was Mary that stared the former mayor down in a city council meeting and stated, "Mayor Pruett, you promised to stop commercial development at Shipp and Roy Streets a few years ago, and we expect you to keep you promise!" She was amazing, and that one spectacular moment gave us an edge in our battle. Thank you Mary, and rest in peace. Our neighborhood will not be the same with you. Tonight's Sunday Supper is dedicated to you!

The Menu:

- Italian Chicken Stew

- Homemade "No-Knead" Bread

- Old Fashioned Chocolate Cream Pie

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