Friday, December 26, 2008
Time to start a new year. My sixtieth. I originally used the verb "face" in that first sentence, but that seemed so ominous. I must have automatically assumed that sixty commands a certain gravity. Actually, I can't wait for this birthday. Once again, I'm skipping Quebec to go back to Mexico to cut up with mi banda. I'll be reporting back from there next week. Meanwhile, we got up and running at Crook's with amazing ease, thanks mostly to the fact that Paul didn't really take much of a holiday while we were closed. The new floor is really an improvement. It cleans up well and is much, much easier on the legs. I've been standing up at the stove for thirty of those sixty years, so this is important.
This entry will be brief as we are just begining to ramp up again. In spite of all the dreadful economic news, we continue to be acceptably busy- knock on wood. I'm counting on the basketball team and the inauguration to keep us festive here in Chapel Hill through the winter. Some thoughts about this time of year. Mardi Gras is very early this year so we'll be serving all that wonderful Louisiana food before another month has passed. I'll have to find places to squeeze in corned hams and sweetbreads before then. Our initial menu when we first reopened had mostly uncomplicated standards: Green Tabasco chicken, catfish amandine, shrimp and grits. Now we can begin to fancy things up a little.
Other news: Nancie McDermott tells me she's working on a new book of Southern pies. Her Southern Cakes book was really great. I'll be doing a fun raiser for WUNC Radio in April at A Southern Season with Susan Stamberg and the Kitchen Sisters. I'm really looking forward to this. I like doing classes out there. The roast chicken one I did before Christmas was really fun. I'll be doing another one on gravies just before Thanksgiving next fall as well.
So, Happy New Year everyone. I have great hopes for this one.
posted by Bill Smith at 8:19 AM