Friday, June 20, 2008

The Benefit of Flight Madness

Thanks to my moved/cancelled/bumped flight experiences early in the week, this ended up being a 3 1/2 day work week for me. It couldn't have happened at a better time since today marks one of the busiest days of the year here. About 6 different things hit at the same time for me, which keeps me mostly busy. But this time I'm somewhat ahead of the game.

I played in the Mookie on Wednesday, only to go out early when I ran into bdidde's turned straight vs my weak-ass hand. Ah well.

I skipped the Riverchasers last night, and instead prepped for tonight's meal.

I foolishly left half a delicious pizza at a restaurant a couple months ago that my friend intended to eat. So I promised her I'd make it up. Tonight I'm finally getting around to it:

I'll be making, from scratch, a thin-crust pizza with roasted red pepper & garlic sauce, ginger-wasabi black tiger shrimp, spinach, shiitake mushrooms, onions, and mozzarella and parmesan cheese. This will be served with a caesar salad with fresh bacon bits, homemade roasted garlic caesar dressing, and fresh parmesan reggiano.

Dessert will be freshly made strawberry ice cream, and there'll be an Italian pinot grigio to drink.

Moral of the story: It may take awhile, but when I promise to make something up to you, you come out ahead.

So last night I roasted the peppers and put together the ice cream mixture. Tonight will involve roasting garlic, putting my food processor into overdrive for both the sauce and the dressing, making the pizza dough, freezing the ice cream, seasoning and cooking the shrimp, spinach, mushrooms, and onions, grating the cheeses, and putting it all together.

Oh, I also installed Hoyle's Casino 2008... which is absolutely NO different than the 2004 version. But I wanted to play some craps without actually risking any money. Man, it's easy to turn 5k into 25k when there's a "reset" switch after you go broke.

Tomorrow will be mask shopping for a masquerade birthday party that night, and Sunday will likely (I'm hoping) involve me sleeping in good and late, or at least until my phone yells at me to go get some dim sum. I am hoping to get at least one MTT in this weekend... maybe the PLO 4K at some point. I hear that stuff's like cocaine.

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