homemade day 1: brussel sprouts and blueberries

1st 2010 parchesi game

after a purely gluttonous new year’s eve, complete with see’s candy, pringles, a star wars marathon and veuve clicquot, we have officially embarked on our month of homemade food, gifts, etc. breakfast was a bit daunting, since both boys wanted honey nut cheerios and boxed breakfast cereal has been officially banned for the month of January. luckily, i had plenty of eggs and bacon on hand for a big, yummy breakfast that they both loved. freshly ground and brewed coffee and some banana slices on the side and we were all happy…

lunch was leftover coq au vin (even better leftover, i must admit) with homemade scratch biscuits (my grandfather’s recipe) to dip in it. yum.

dinner was a big pot of sautéed onions, thinly sliced andouille (i didn’t make these myself…fresh casings, anyone?) brussel sprouts and brown rice. i had made a soup with andouille, brussel sprouts and potatoes once and i thought it might do nicely as a kind of casserole…with some shaved parmesan on the top it was hot and delicious and even the boys had seconds.

blueberry crumble

i had to send my husband out for more milk and, bless his heart, he came home with a little clamshell of fresh blueberries which made a gorgeous and simple dessert – just put the blueberries in the bottom of an oven dish, sprinkle three tablespoons of sugar on top. then, in a separate mixing bowl, blend on low speed one cup of flour, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1/2 cup granulated sugar, 1/2 cup walnut pieces and 1 cold stick of butter cut in small squares. mix until crumbly, then put over top of blueberries and bake at 325 for 30 minutes.

we all had two bowls of blueberry crumble while we finished our inaugural game of parchesi and our maine coon cat purred at our feet. now, that’s homemade to me.

eliot in repose

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