We’re celebrating Easter weekend and Marathon Monday as a family: my mom and dad came up, and I’m realizing it’s been pretty much a decade since we spent the holiday together. The weather was warm and gorgeous for Charlotte’s first egg hunt. She picked up on what we were doing pretty quickly, and loved finding the chocolate and cheddar bunny crackers inside the plastic ones. We wrapped up the day with Easter dinner and board games after the little one went to bed.
Here’s what I’m eating and reading this week:
I stumbled up on this book when I was searching for the new Small Victories cookbook, and knowing Anne Lamott from her books Bird by Bird and Traveling Mercies, I thought I’d give it a try. It’s a compilation of essays on life infused with a lot of her spirituality. It was a bit of a mixed bag; there were a few essays and passages I really enjoyed, and at other times, I felt a little bored with what she brought to the table, feeling it wasn’t all that different from the books of hers I’d read before. She’s a good author and a good writer, but I’m not sure I’d recommend reading her whole canon (although I haven’t read her book on parenting, which I’m thinking would still be interesting to do). In fact, there was an essay that I’m pretty sure I’d read in one of her earlier works, or if not the exact same, than riffing on the same vignette from her life.
Here’s what we were cooking this week:
Sunday: Scalloped potato gratin (from Melissa Clark’s Dinner: Changing the Game)
Tuesday: Pan-seared salmon with potato gratin and sautéed green beans
Wednesday: White bean and chicken sausage pesto pasta
Thursday: Dinner out with friends at Sabur restaurant (beet salad carpaccio and cevapcici)
Friday: Pad thai take out
Saturday: Shrimp and tarragon fettuccine with roasted broccoli