Thursday, November 24, 2005

Thanksgiving Day 2005

Dan and I drove up from Ganado to Austin yesterday. The trip went suprisingly well, considering the impending holiday. No wacky drivers on the highway, pulling out in front of oncoming traffic.

The same can't be said for Austin drivers. At the Y intersection of North Lamar and Airport, I was the first in line at the stop light. It turned green for me, and I just waited, which is the only safe driving technique in Austin. Seven cars went through, several of them after the other light had OBVIOUSLY been red for a significant amount of time. Driving in Austin requires defensive strategy.

Got up this morning and started the cornbread for the dressing. I'm making a double batch because we are going to MaryAlice's mom's for the big event, and there will be ten people there. Everybody is bringing something to reduce the pressure on any one family. We are providing the dressing and the sweet potatoes, both based on Chef Paul Prudhomme's recipes.

The weather is unseasonably warm. Today's forecast is mid-80's. It's nice for walking and doing things in the yard, but we sure need rain.

Tuesday, January 25, 2005

Grazing Austin - A Culinary Journey

January 25, 2004

Today after lunch ..... ( I never finished this blog post on that day.)

Added on November 24, 2005
Much happened in the months since I signed up for this blog space. Mom didn't recover from her stroke as I had hoped she would. She passed on February 24, 2005.

I thought I would be able to get her house cleaned out and ready to rent in a year. Very very much wishful thinking. Maybe another year or so.

Anyway, in reference to the title of this blog page, my favorite places to eat in Austin include:
1. Mongolian Barbecue - choose your own fresh ingredients and watch as they are stir fried on a HUGE domed grill.
2. Elsi's - combination of Mexican and El Salvadoran quisine within walking distance of the Vine Street house.
3. Any of the gelato places - it's my favorite afternoon snack