Anyway, here are some picture highlights from July and things to come this month on Poor Girl Eats Well...
~ Last month after the Fourth of July holiday, Sacramento locals got to partake of the very amazing Sacramento Wine & Dine Week. 50+ restaurants and several regional wineries got together to bring diners some amazing menus - complete with wine pairings - for just $30-$50 per person! It was a great way to try out some new-to-me restaurants, as well as some fantastic wine. I hit up 58° & Holding Co. and Hot Italian, and I may still post the reviews this month (they're actually worth it). Here are some of the mouthwatering pictures I took of Mom's and my meals at 58° & Holding Co.:
~ Because of my tiny windfall last month, I was finally able to get new glasses & prescription sunglasses, too! I know this isn't food-related, but it really helps when your favorite authoress can see without having to worry about her old, superglued glasses falling apart on her whilst cooking! (I am picking up the sunglasses today, so those won't be up 'til later.)
~ The new company decided to keep me on, but the offer letter I received is written in such a way that I might as well consider myself unemployed. I'm hoping when they do start laying off those of us who worked for the old company, it will be next month or something in the not-so-near future, so I can save a little bit before I am stuck competing with everyone else for the same jobs. I'm fortunate that I have a little extra time, but it sure would have been nice to have a better guarantee of employment! The panic continues...
~ I have finally gotten over my fear of making risotto and cooking with eggplant, so stay tuned for some yummy recipes featuring those two delicious items! I know risotto isn't that hard to make using the traditional ingredients, but when you're me and you're trying to mess with different styles of risotto, you never know what can happen. And the eggplant recipe, mon dieu! I even impressed myself with that one. Maybe I should take all your advice and look into the whole chef thing as a career... I could see myself enjoying this. I'm a creative person by nature, and applying that to food is just as rewarding to me as drawing, writing, singing, composing, etc.
~ So the older I get, the more I turn into my mother, and the following announcement is proof that the little mug she gave me once ("Mirror, mirror, on the wall, I am my mother after all") couldn't be more truthful! I honestly tried to hold out until August 5th to make the grand announcement, but the suspense - and all your comments about how I should do this - is killing me! (My mother's always been awful at keeping "good news" secrets, and apparently so am I.) Ergo, I would like to formally announce that yes, I will be self-publishing a slim volume of PGEW fodder for all of you! Thought a "real" Poor Girl Eats Well book is in the works, I wanted to give you all something tangible as a big THANK YOU for all of your support. It will feature some of your favorite recipes from the site, some new ones that aren't on the site (woo hoo!), as well as a couple of tips, and it will be very, very affordable! It should be available to order on August 5th, and I will have all the details for you then!
That's all for now! Hope you have a fabulous August!