Friday Morning Bookclub

November 4, 2010

Fish Chowder

Filed under: Recipes,Restaurants — Esther @ 9:36 pm

Yesterday, the book that I was reading made mention of “fish soup with cream”.  It sounds strange, I know, but it made me start to think about my Grandmother’s fish chowder.  My grandmother made the most delicious soup.  She made it with rockfish, and it had potatoes, peas and corn in a creamy, milky broth.  It was my favorite, and I can remember how excited I was when she would serve me a steaming bowl of the delicious soup.  I decided that I have to try to re-create that soup.  All yesterday afternoon, I was creating the recipe in my mind – I would get some fresh rockfish and this would be my weekend project.

Last night, my husband and I went to Harryman House for dinner.  We go there often, and I know the menu well.  Imagine my surprise when our waitress told us that the soup of the day was “Rockfish Chowder”.  “You’re kidding me!”  I exclaimed.  “I’ve been thinking about fish chowder all day”

Harryman House’s chowder, while delicious, didn’t really resemble my grandmother’s version.  I was tempted to pick up my bowl and lick it clean, but I was in a restaurant, so I restrained myself.  I still plan on cooking up my own version of my grandmother’s classic.  It’s funny, but I’m not so sure that Harryman House serving chowder was such a coincidence.  I think that my grandmother might have been playing around in their kitchen!

October 6, 2009

My Salad Addiction

Filed under: Restaurants — susanbright @ 9:30 pm

I love a good salad! Once in a while I find one that I just can’t get enough of. Until a few weeks ago it was The Original BBQ Chicken Chopped Salad at California Pizza. Don’t get me wrong, I still really love this salad with its crunchy jicama. The first time I tasted it I was sitting having lunch with my mother and we were discussing the fact that we had never bought jicama and didn’t even know what it looked like. Two minutes later, someone came out from the kitchen with a jicama and showed it to us. To this day I have no idea how anyone heard our conversation!Do you think tables are bugged? Now I have moved on to a new salad; Famous Daves Sassy BBQ salad with Beef Brisket.  It is Delicious! The corn muffin that comes with it is pretty good too. Guess what I am having for dinner tomorrow night?

August 20, 2009

Books, Food and Movies

Filed under: Restaurants — susanbright @ 5:12 pm

After discussing our book of the month our Friday meetings almost always turns to “Where we had dinner Saturday night” or “What movie we wanted to see”.  Since we did not have an August meeting I wanted to share with you my latest dining experience. Last night we went to Samos with Linda (also from the Friday Morning Bookclub) and her husband Bob. If you haven’t even been to Samos  you are really missing out.  Samos is a small Greek restaurant located at 600 Oldham Street in Greek Town. They have the best Greek salad in town! I absoluely love their lamb chops, and their whole red snapper! For appetizers we had the Dolmades (stuffed grape leaves) which is served with tzatziki and wonderful homemade pita bread. Are you hungry yet? We also tried, for the first time their Melitzanosalata, which according to our waitress is pronounced just like it is spelled. It is a delicious spread made of roasted eggplant. It reminded Linda of Jean’s eggplant dip which she made for the last couples meeting. Everything was wonderful and the waitresses are super friendly. I actually felt sorry for our waitress last night. It was sooo busy and she had to be exhausted. Be prepared to wait as they do not take reservations and even on a Wednesday night we had a 45 minute wait.  Also bring a nice bottle of wine with you as they do not serve liquor. I guarantee you will love it!!  http://www.samosrestaurant.com/about.htm

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