Sunday, April 15, 2012

15 April 2012






It has been a Titanic weekend! Last night, we attended one of the most exquisite dinner parties I have ever experienced. The party was in honor of the 100th anniversary of the Titanic tragedy. Our hosts were Rick, Elaine and Judson Roberts, and dinner was held at the historic Roberts home in Ball Ground, Georgia. The black tie affair featured the last 11 course meal served in the First Class cabin of the Titanic. The Roberts did an amazing job, and the food and company was divine. The fabulous dinner lasted over three hours, and Rick paired a great wine with every course. It was a memorable evening, so thanks to the Roberts and their other guests for a wonderful evening!

Based on last night's extravaganza, today was mostly about recovery. We did manage to wake in time to join our friends Jennifer Dunn, Carmen Tanner Slaughter and Will for brunch at the Fork and Tavern in Downtown Canton. It was their second week serving brunch, and it was actually really good. We all ate too much and plotted a new reality show based on our antics. It was great conversation, and we all laughed a lot.

After brunch, I took a much needed short nap with Jazpurr. I am not a very good napper, but I really needed one today. I woke up and watered some plants in the garden. Jeff and Cory helped our friend, Jessica Carter, move some furniture into her new apartment, and I managed to make it to Publix and eek out a Sunday Supper. Since last night was so over the top, I wanted to do something simple and comforting. I made an old standby, baked macaroni and cheese. I have tried many recipes, and mac and cheese is not as "simple" as it seems. My base recipe comes from Martha Stewart, and the New York Times has heralded it as one of the best. I loosely follow hers with a few embellishments each time. I served it with a Caesar Salad with homemade dressing and croutons. For dessert, I wanted to do a rutabaga upside down cake because it is in season, but Publix did not have it in stock. So, I made a last minute switch to Pineapple. It was perfect and very light. We enjoyed a nice meal on the Side Porch, and it all starts again tomorrow.

One last note: Cory made a beautiful flower arrangement for the table! Jeff bought some farm roses, and Cory supplemented the arrangement with fresh flowers and greenery from the yard. Everything has bloomed so early this year, and we already have new timber bamboo shoots at One Britt.

Ciao!

The Menu:

- Baked Macaroni and Cheese

- Caesar Salad with Homemade Dressing and Croutons

- Pineapple Upside Down Cake with Pineapple Whipped Cream
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