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Old 01-31-2011, 06:35 AM   #11
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Holy cow, Kathleen...
Without saying too much, all I can say is the bar has been set high.
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Old 01-31-2011, 07:52 AM   #12
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Message for FrankZ: She's a keeper!

So impressive, kathleen...way to go! What a fun surprise this was! Because I couldn't imagine how chocolate could fit in to all the different courses and then to see you bring it off so "yummily"...a feast for the senses indeed.
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Old 01-31-2011, 05:39 PM   #13
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Beautiful table, lovely looking food. I can almost smell it from you descriptions.

Thanks, PF! Those dishes were either Free or 15 to 25 cents with a 15 dollar purchase many years ago at the Supermarket. I love them and use them each day!
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Old 01-31-2011, 06:02 PM   #14
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Really stunning job, Kathleen. WOW!
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Old 01-31-2011, 06:18 PM   #15
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Thanks, PF! Those dishes were either Free or 15 to 25 cents with a 15 dollar purchase many years ago at the Supermarket. I love them and use them each day!
My mom got a great set of brown crockery casseroles and cookie jar 50 or more years ago that way at a grocery store. When there weren't cookies in the cookie jar she used it to make her baked beans. She used all of those dishes regularly until she died ten years ago.

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Old 01-31-2011, 06:43 PM   #16
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Thank you for the kind words, everyone! I had a blast making it. Plating is not my strong suit, so I gave a lot of thought to colors that would work on their own. I really have very little artistic ability and am glad to be able to appreciate artistic ability in others.
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Old 01-31-2011, 11:06 PM   #17
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I am totally impressed. Well done.
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Old 02-04-2011, 06:04 PM   #18
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Nice, looks good!
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Old 02-04-2011, 06:47 PM   #19
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Did I mention "yum"?

The meal was fantastic. I am not a fan of squash but the soup really was good.

The martini tasted like spiked chocolate milk, without being a weird thing that spiking milk is.

I always say there isn't much you can't improve by adding chocolate or bacon to, and the bruschetta had both. I do have to say my bread was better than what she bought (not that we had what she bought, but I know mine was better).

The salad was refreshing but had a really nice vinegar bite to it.

The fish was cooked perfectly. Done to perfection, which can be hard to do with a piece that thick. The chili peppers looked metallic, all shiny, but tasted oh so good, especially with the dip.

The dessert was just pure chocolate wonderful. I did get to sample it early cause she was messing around with the cooking method. So double dose!

All in all.. umm.. YUM.

Mollyanne,

Yeah, I think I will keep her around for a long time. She does have mad chops in the kitchen.
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Old 02-04-2011, 08:33 PM   #20
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I have been on vacation for a week and this is the first I've seen of this feast for the eyes, and "food porn" reading for foodies.

What a fabulous job, Kathleen!!

And here I thought Frank was the only chef.
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