Sunday, July 3, 2011

4th of July Weekend Eats VI

Saturday afternoon was hot. At one point while running errands I had parked the car in the sun and when I returned, the temperature gauge read 108 degrees. (It quickly cooled down to 97 after driving for a minute.) I put some Coronas in the ice bucket and sat out on the patio for a bit.

I made an appetizer: pita bread, topped with the roasted garlic/dill goat cheese, baked in the oven for ten minutes and sprinkled with fresh basil. It was a tasty treat.

Funny story. Elizabeth and I were planning on having dinner at my parents' house. I was just going to keep it simple and grill hot dogs. But we were out for a drive in the afternoon and we went past the new Vons on the corner of Colorado and Sierra Madre. "Let's check it out," I said.

It's pretty nice inside, with a Starbucks, a very nice flower department, and even an excellent wine cellar (for a grocery store). At the seafood counter, crab legs were on sale for $9.99 per pound, as long as you have a Vons Club card. I decided that would be a great dinner, so I had the lady give me three pounds.

As I was walking up to pay for them, it suddenly dawned on me that I did not have my card with me, nor did Elizabeth have hers. ("I think you took my card," she said, which I actually think is true.) No problem, you may think, just enter your phone number. Except, in something I have never understood, neither my nor Elizabeth's phone numbers have ever worked. We have to present one of our cards, or we don't get the savings.

Normally when I forget my card I just let it go. But, as you can see from the above picture, we were talking about a savings of almost forty dollars. I wasn't going to pass that up. So I entered my parents' phone number. That didn't work; I guess they don't have a card. I entered the number of a friend of mine who I know sometimes goes to Vons. Nope, didn't work either.

Then I remembered something: my grandmother used to live up the hill from the Vons in Monrovia and would often shop there. Could that possibly work? So I entered her number. Sure enough, it went through. She has not lived in the house with that number for a dozen years. She has not lived anywhere for more than four years - she passed away in 2007. But her Vons Club card still works. Thanks for saving me forty bucks, Nana.

I put together a champagne-vanilla butter sauce with a cup of champagne, a drop of vanilla extract, shallots, tarragon, and several pats of butter. This is a picture of Elizabeth stirring the sauce, not me - my nails don't look like that.

I grilled four of the ears of sweet corn that I had picked up that morning at the farmers market.

My mom is not a crab eater so she had shrimp, which were very good.

But not as good as the crab legs.

Caesar salad is always a good accompaniment to seafood, in my opinion.

Did I turn around the small kitchen TV to face the dining room so that I could watch the Angels vs. Dodgers? You know that I did.

Crab legs with champagne-vanilla butter, grilled corn, Caesar salad, and potato chips. Yes, this was slightly better than hot dogs.


Anonymous said...

did you make the salad, pp?

JustinM said...

No. My mom made the salad and croutons and a dressing, but I thought the dressing was too oily so I took a bit of it and added a lot of balsamic vinegar and parmesan cheese.

SuperLarge said...

Vin Scully calling an Angels game on a hot summer night? I know you were in heaven.

JustinM said...

You know me well.