“The ramblings and grumblings of author Ad Hudler”

Kitchen Bitch (and lovin' it)
Saturday, March 19, 2011

Yesterday we said goodbye to our daughter and her two good friends who had spent the past week with us for their spring break. A great bunch of girls, all of them. They spent most of their time at the beach and sunning on water's edge in our backyard ... and eating.

Wow ... do college girls have appetites. I cooked up a storm all week long:

Fish tacos. Mine are fried in a beer-batter crust, served in corn tortillas. And then I make a special sauce from buttermilk, mayo, lime, garlic, pepper and cumin. Serve these with chopped tomatoes, avocado, cilantro, feta cheese and shredded green cabbage.

A chicken curry with smoked paprika and coconut milk.

Ad Pasta, which basically means a mix of roasted meats and veggies, tossed with pasta, basil, capers, kalamata olives, a hard cheese such as romano. (Some of you might remember this as "Linc Pasta" from the protagonist in my Househusband novels, Linc Menner.)

A French-style vegetable soup that is enlivened by a big dollop of pistou, which is basically a pesto that includes tomatoes ground into the cheese and basil mixture.

My daughter's favorite dish, pasta carbonara.

Instead of soft drinks the girls drank up different concoctions of infused water. We started with one that included ground ginger, lemon, cucumber and fresh mint. Then we moved to an apple-cardamom-pod and cinnamon infusion. Our favorite, however, was water infused with sliced strawberries and fresh basil. Very refreshing and perfect for the 80-degree days we've been having.

I don't get to cook that often in my now-empty nest. It felt good nourishing thankful diners again.

But for the next week or so: Takeout food and pizza delivered to the house!


Blogger Karen said...

Can I come for a break and have you cook for me?

March 19, 2011 at 11:32 AM  
Blogger Kelly said...

Are these original recipes?

Maybe you should add cookbook author to your resume?

March 19, 2011 at 12:10 PM  
Blogger Ad Hudler said...

yep, they're all mine.
And you're not the first to suggest a Hudler cookbook.....Maybe I should think about it.

March 19, 2011 at 1:03 PM  
Blogger Susan Cushman said...

wish you were here with us at Gulf Shores this week. Do you hire out as spring break cook? Sounds awesome! But seriously, my best friend is cooking for us and she's pretty awesome herself. I mainly eat, drink, and take pictures of super moons:-)

March 20, 2011 at 10:44 AM  

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