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Cocktail Hour

You know, sometimes you just want to chill out. Have a cocktail and watch the sunset.

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It was a little too chilly to sit on the porch but we did enjoy the sunset from the dining room. What is better than kale chips and pastis.

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What is pastis, you say? Pernod. Anise liqueur, poured over ice with a splash of water. Something we grew to love in Provence. Now, kale chips. They are amazing. We got kale in the CSA basket. I tossed it with oil, spices and salt. Baked it for ten minutes at 350 degrees.

We ended up having a lovely dinner, for a Tuesday night. Rockfish, mixed Chinese veggies, in the skillet. Bok Choy, Napa Cabbage, water chestnuts, with scallions, garlic and ginger. Some soy sauce and sesame oil. So satisfying.

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The rockfish came from Harris Teeter. Veggies from the CSA. A simple slow food type of meal, served in the kitchen while taking a break from holiday preparations.

Served with a very nice Boisseau property Linden chardonnay. Not a bad dinner.


About AnnieRie

Retired, I am following my dream of living in quiet west Howard County, a rural oasis, not far from the urban chaos, but just far enough. I love to cook, bake, garden, and travel. I volunteer at Howard County Conservancy. I lead nature hikes, manage programs and show children all the wonders of nature, and the agricultural connection to their food.

5 responses »

  1. A Table in the Sun

    Our sunset moments were spent with goat cheese and a glass of wine. Can’t complain about that!

  2. I saw some really nice Rockfish at Frank’s Seafood in Jessup yesterday, too.

  3. I need to get out to England Acres and pick up some goat cheese. I decided to serve pastis because we were celebrating my finding the first CD of the Provence vacation, from 2003. It was in a two sided CD holder in one of the filing drawers, and dummy me, never looked at the back side of the cases. Three hundred pictures from our September visit. Brought back lovely memories.

    Marcia, as for the rockfish, they were perfect. Fresh. Buttery. Melt in your mouth. It is one of my favorite fish. Harris Teeter and Boarman’s are the closest to me for really good seafood. Boarman’s gets theirs at Frank’s, I am sure. They go to the markets in Jessup most mornings for their produce, seafood and some of the meat.

    If I am going to MOM’s I will occasionally hit Frank’s. And, of course, tacos at R&R.

    • Frank’s is closer for us, since we are in a different part of Howard County. We were there yesterday for some shrimp. Steve had a taste for them, and Frank’s has the wild-caught NC shrimp. Not really local, but at least not farmed! Once I read about some of the shrimp farming conditions I can’t stomach them.

      England Acres is on my list of places to go, I have directions printed out and waiting on the front seat of my car. I want to get milk there to make the fresh ricotta, and see what else they have in their farm market. One of these weekends I’ll get there.

  4. Ah pastis! You and I could have some fun.


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