Monday was a busy day. Jeff Spear picked me up and we went to the new, largest ever built Wegman's food store in Hunt Valley. Thinking there would be fewer people but no, it was Columbus day and people had off. It was a beautiful store to look at and I'm sure some of the items were wonderful if I could get near them.
I did have a shopping list in hand, knowing they have over 300 cheeses I knew I would get the Buffalo mozzarella for the special recipe for the evenings gathering. Off course, on that day they only had 299 cheeses...no Buffalo mozzarella so we did an artisan mozzarella. Went to pick up unsalted butter, Wegman's brand to save $$$ and guess what, like the Buffalo mozzarella it was extinct.
We decided to have lunch there and I got in line at the chicken and pizza line. I saw they had seafood pizza down the end of the line and ordered a slice of that with 3 chicken wings and a drink. When I picked it up the seafood was the processed Asian fish crab legs. The pizza was sweet from this concoction and I tossed the slice and ate my three little wing drummettes. I got flowers for $3.00, free potatoes and dozen extra large eggs - not a bad deal. It will be 3 or 4 weeks before I consider going back.
I really didn't monitor the dishes, what shows up is what we eat and it always seems to work out. I was especially pleased with a shrimp, artichoke and mozzarella dish - I would have never thought of this combination but it is a "company" do again dish. I also did a pasta with pancetta, chili flakes and plum tomatoes with bucatini which I made again for Thursday's night dinner. I did a salad of cabbage and avocado with a little red wine vinegar and olive oil.
The ladies did a lamb, stringbean and vinegar dish, a pasta with raisins, veal tonnato, baked fennel, and an apple custard cake...oooh ooh, a pate as well. I was so busy organizing the food from oven to table I can't tell you what was in the pate but I believe some olives.
Our next gathering will be at Maria's house for our holiday gathering. We do a $5.00 gift and a cookie exchange. I really hate baking cookies....baah humbug on me.