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In need of a fast, slightly indulgent lunch, we headed for the student center outpost of Valentino's Pizza.
The pizza was enjoyable. It sported a thicker crust than is traditional for New York pizza. The sauce and cheese both hit the craving buttons. The salad was quite large and my vinaigrette dressing was enjoyably light.
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I greatly enjoyed my elegant, relaxing meal at The Normandy. The atmosphere and service were in the grand French and Swiss traditions thanks to the Swiss owner/chef. The food was outstanding.
I started the meal with a cup of mushroom soup, accompanied of course by bread. The soup delivered on the combination of earthy savoriness that one looks for in this dish.
My salmon was perfectly prepared. The suprise star of the plate was the asparagus. These stalks were at the peak of their freshness and flavorfulness. Perfect preparation highlighted the ingredient.
The chocolate fondue was sold out but I greatly enjoyed my chocolate mousse, both rich and fluffy. I guess I will have to return for a fondue...
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A quick campus lunch was the order of the day and Imperial Palace, an outpost of a Lincoln Chinese restaurant, fit the bill. My dumplings were very tasty, with good pastry and rich filling.
My vegetables with brown sauce topped me off for the afternoon with a savory touch.
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I enjoyed a steak at Wilderness Ridge almost exactly a decade ago. My UNL friends took me back for another very enjoyable dinner.
My salad was very light and fresh; the balsamic dressing was similarly light.
We enjoyed some good, dense bread.
My steak was outstanding; I asked for some mushrooms on talk. The mixed vegetables were fresh and nicely crispy. I also ordered a side of corn that gave a delicious sweet corn flavor.
My cherry pie was excellent with a superb flaky crust.
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My Nebraska friends suggested Lan House for a good Chinese lunch near campus. As usual, their suggestion was spot on.
My dish came with this comforting bowl of egg drop soup.
The dumplings were tender and flavorful with a dash of vinegar.
The restaurant's name comes from their Lan Zhou noodle. My bowl of noodles had the trademark toothiness and plump richness of handmade Lan Zhou. The hot sauce gave the tofu a nice punch and infused the noodles as well. Lots of complex flavor, great stuff.
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Sunday was a good day for brownies. I started by whisking the eggs.
I then added the sugar.
Next came the cocoa and flour.
And then the butter.
I added a healthy dose of pecans from Ellis Brothers.
The batter went into a square pan.
Thirty minutes later, I had a delicious pan of dense, rich brownies.
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Sunday was a good day for a leisurely breakfast. Mine started with multigrain pancakes from the King Arthur Flour cookbook. I added bananas and fried a few extra on the side. I topped one with strawberry preserves and ricotta, the other two with chocolate hazelnut spread and ricotta. The result was very satisfying (and hopefully not too unhealthy).
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The Contes invited me to a very enjoyable dinner at Old Hickory House. When I arrived, I found the restaurant standing alone with the surrounding strip mall razed. The staff assured me that they have been grandfathered into their site and will not disappear. A new apartment and shopping complex will go up around them. This new addition should give them another generation of customers to enjoy their food. I had one of my usual dishes, the pork ribs and some fried okra (plus a salad not shown). The sauce combines sweet and sour elements and is a great complement to pork.
Catherine very much enjoyed her BBQ plate, as did everyone. BBQ's informality is a great setting for catching up and enjoying the company of friends.
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I had some extra defrosted peaches and decided to make a cobbler. Based on the recipe in the King Arthur Flour cookbook, I mixed up the very simple batter.
I poured the batter over the peaches in a square pan.
Thirty minutes later, I had this beautiful pan.
I let the cobbler cool, then whipped some cream and enjoyed. Cobblers provide just enough topping to go with the fruit to create a very satisfying dessert.
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I'm not sure if I have eaten at a Silver Diner before but I certainly enjoyed my breakfast. Their theme seems to be American-style healthy and hearty food.
This is my roasted veggie huevos rancheros, which is definitely a modernist take on that traditional dish. It includes beets, brussel sprouts, peppers, two over easy eggs and a host of other ingredients over a bed of quinoa. It was a great melange of flavors and a very comforting texture. This breakfast kept me going well into the afternoon.
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