Sunday, August 25, 2013

25 August 2013

It has been a beautiful late summer weekend in Canton. Luckily, it did not rain, and it was not too hot. After a very busy week, we had a few friends over for happy hour after work on Friday. The weather was perfect for the Side Porch, and we spent a lot of time there the past few days.

Yesterday, Jeff and I spent most of the day working in the yard. We were awarded the Yard of the Month by the City of Canton, so we had to step it up. After a long day of yard work, we rode over to Roswell with our friends, Cory and John. We enjoyed a nice glass of wine at Vin 25. Coop is doing a great job with this new hot spot, and the patio was packed. Afterward, we had a nice meal at VG Bistro, followed by an impromptu tribute to Linda Ronstadt on the Side Porch. We heard Friday night that she has been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, and it has left her unable to record. I have loved her voice and music for many years, and it was sad to hear this news.

We had planned to visit Gibbs Gardens today, but we decided to take advantage of the great weather and enjoy the pool for one last time this summer. It was a bit chilly, but it was nice to float around and enjoy the beautiful weather and blue skies. I had an appointment in West Midtown last week, so I took advantage of the situation to stop by Star Provisions. I picked up several packages of imported spaghetti from Italy. It is, by far, the best pasta I have ever had. If you're ever in Star Provisions, pick up some of the beautifully packaged Lucio Garofalo spaghetti. You will not be disappointed. I cooked some of the spaghetti for tonight's Sunday Supper, and I made a delicious tomato and basil sauce to pair with the pasta. It was very basic but so good! I paired a Kalamata Caprese salad with aged balsamic vinegar and red sea salt to go along with the spaghetti. For dessert, I picked some figs from the back yard and made an amazing tart with a cream cheese crust. I macerated the figs in cognac, lemon juice, sugar and some honey from the Brown Family Farm in Jasper. I topped it with honey whipped cream, and it was divine.

Sunday Supper was fantastic, and now we are watching the MTV Video Music Awards. I can't help but miss the early days of MTV. My friends and I were at Berry College when MTV first debuted. We gathered in the dorm lounge to watch the first broadcast with Martha Quinn. So much has changed, and miss the innocence, music, and artistry of those days.

For now, I am well fed and grateful for good friends, great food and a wonderful community to call home. I think I'm gonna love you for a long. long time.

The Menu:

- Spaghetti with Tomato and Basil Sauce

- Kalamata Caprese Salad

- One Britt Fig and Brown Farm Honey Tart with Cream Cheese Crust

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