Entertain Me


We have been lucky enough to be on the receiving end of some great hospitality this last month.  Travels have led us to Nashville for a Valentine brunch at Husk, owned by one of our favorite chefs in the country, Sean Brock and then for a long overdue visit with a dear friend.  We were then off to Chicago for an opening of Steven's work in a show at the College of Lake County north of the city.  Both were just in time and what we needed for a little change of perspective.  We were extravagantly spoiled in both cities and can't wait to get back.

Husk, Nashville

Southern Vegetable Plate ta Husk, Nashville

Grits with Poached Egg and Basil Oil at Husk, Nashville

Sweet Potatoes at Husk, Nashville

Cheese plate and a damn fine Old Fashion at Longman and Eagle, Chicago

The best shrimp and grits north of Louisville, Joe Hulbert, Chicago

Butter Poached Shrimp and Cheesy Grits, Joe Hulbert, Chicago

Mimosas and brunch prep, Chicago

Pancetta waiting the broiler
 Friends in Chicago spoiled us with a decadent brunch and a fantastic gathering of old and dear friends in the whirlwind 36 hours we were there.  We can't wait to go back.  

Important morning tasks
Leftover bit of scone after coffee chats

Beauty in the kitchen
Upon returning home, we were lucky enough to be asked to dinner with some great friends of ours.  She is a native of Sweden and a damn fine hostess.  We were treated to wonderful traditional Swedish dishes, highly entertaining conversation, and some really fun music nerd knowledge.  That's what happens when multiple audiophiles have dinner together; classic concert tours, unlikely album collaborations, and perfect DJ radio personalities come together for hours of conversation fodder.

Traditional Swedish potatoes and Gravlax

Meatballs, stuffed cabbage
Traditional Swedish liqueur

There also may or may not have been a shoe discussion/show and tell with the little one.  She was amongst "shoe habit" friends.
We cleaned up the yard and started the garden clean out this past weekend.  The porch was scrubbed down in anticipation of cocktail hour out there and something that had any color of any kind was planted in the planters.  Just in time for the snow.  Sigh.  Not even going there.  I'll post some yard pics when the peonies and daylilies get a little higher.  In the meantime, I am doing my springtime dance and praying to all of the powers that be for NO MORE SNOW.


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