It looked extremely rocky for the Mudville nine that day;
The score stood two to four , with but one inning left to play.
So when Cooney died at second, and Burroughs did the same,
A pallor wreathed the features of the patrons of the game.
A straggling few got up to go, leaving there the rest,
With that hope that springs eternal within the human breast.
They thought, if only Casey could get a whack at that,
They’d put up even money now, with Casey at the bat.
–Ernest Lawrence Thayer, Casey at the Bat
When I was ten years old, my dad made me a deal that if I went a whole season in little league without striking out, he’d take me anywhere in the world I wanted to go for dinner. Now, at age 10 I didn’t know as much about cooking around the world as Mr. N and Miss A, and I think he figured I’d pick something familiar and local. I was, however, an adventurous eater and by about the third or fourth game of the season, I’d settled on Joe’s Stone Crabs in Miami. I’d never been there, but my dad would have occasion to travel there back then, and he always raved about it. In retrospect, he probably did some nudging to ensure that if I picked a place that would wind up costing him two plane tickets, he at least wanted stone crabs out of the deal. I also think he didn’t expect to have to pay up. Continue reading
Happy 2013! Personally, I for one couldn’t be happier that we’re in a New Year. I don’t think the changing calendar has ever been quite as symbolic as this past holiday was for us and we wanted to make it special. So after our marathon weekend of cooking, baking and shopping; and after four Christmas celebrations, Mike, Mr. N, Miss A and I packed up and got out of dodge! We decided to end 2012 on a high note.
Mr. N tests out his magical abilities at Hogwarts!
The New Year is upon us! We are very ready to turn the page and welcome a new year, new adventures and renewed spirit. We had a fabulous Christmas this year, well four Christmas celebrations, each just as special as the next. And now with the chaos of the holidays behind us, we’re winding down one of the best ways we know how – together. No work, no cleaning, no chores, no snoring mangoes.
So with four Christmas celebrations you can imagine that we did some cooking and ate some delicious food. In fact, we ate a lot of delicious food. The celebrations kicked off at my grandparents’ in rural, central Illinois with some of Grandma’s blackberry cobbler. The next day we returned home to spend the evening with Mike’s family (aka Nana and Papa) and we brought along our Chilean Christmas cake. Continue reading
It’s time for our next cooking around the world adventure and Mr. N is taking us to South America – Chile to be exact. Now since the holiday season is upon us, we also thought we’d make our first Chilean recipe something a little festive. Would you believe we actually found a Christmas recipe right off the bat – the Pan de Pascua. Now Pascua actually translates to Easter in Spanish, but in Chile they use Navidad and Pascua interchangeably. So today’s recipe is a Chilean Christmas Cake! Continue reading
Whether you need a little comfort after a night on Bourbon Street,
or it’s just been one of those days, this recipe will do the trick.
And it’s not just a comfort food dish. It’s also a quintessential New Orleans recipe that’s just downright delicious. Continue reading
We will be back tomorrow with our regularly scheduled weekly post. Tonight we’re going to have a quiet night at home embracing what matters most. We don’t normally comment on current events or the state of the world here at Eat, Play, Love, but today’s tragedy hits a little too close to home. And sometimes, words just aren’t enough. Our thoughts and prayers are with all those touched by this senseless and unthinkable event.
We also want to send up a little love for our dear friend, loved pet and quite frankly the boss of our house. Fuzzball, seen here cooking with Miss A not that long ago, was laid to rest today. Continue reading