Saturday's lunch was our traditional "greasy Italian meats," capicola and sopressata and provolone and some great, hearty bread. This is stuff that's hard to find this far from NYC, but the New Jersey delis near Stephen and Keith are well supplied. :-)
Lots of us pulled out assorted munchies as dinnertime approached, including some Piggery pate and rustic pate, and chips and queso. Melanie had brought along a tub of "Maine Lobster Spread," a remarkable dip or spread that's apparently available at Costco. Bearing the Gold Coast Salads brand, it impressed me not just by how tasty it was, but because its first ingredient is actually lobster! The second is surimi, the chopped fish product that's used to make fake crabmeat. It's delicious, and it's addictive! They also make Blue Crab and Salmon varieties. I'm checking their web site, and seeing that it's also at places like Sam's Club, Price Chopper, and ShopRite, but apparently nowhere in Ithaca. I'll keep an eye out. Kat and Tim also set up the wine and cheese, a nice cultured habit I'm happy to participate in, and I also brought jars of pickled asparagus and dill green beans from the Valley View farm stand on Route 79.
We fired up the grill and cooked up some amazing roosterhillfarm sirloins, ranging from medium rare to medium, and a bag of frozen vegetables. There was easily twice as much steak as we needed, so we shared with anyone who wanted a bit, and I've got several slices left to pop on a salad in the next couple of days.
This morning's breakfast featured tasty scrambled eggs, Piggery bacon, and a bag of Ore-Ida frozen hash browns that were actually pretty good, but needed a little seasoning. I'm embarrassed to say I forgot to bring along the fresh local eggs I'd bought for the camping trip, but Melanie grabbed a dozen decent eggs for us on her grocery run on Friday night.
Yesterday morning I managed to sleep until almost 10am, but not today... and late nights both nights mean I'm pretty zonked. I think I'll go to bed early tonight.
Yikes! The TiVo just dropped back to live TV. Boy, those "Friends" people look young. *click*