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Saturday, October 27th, 2001
6:00p - Sunday Dinner, October 13
Yep, this is very late.

For dinner two weeks ago, we had in mind to make a French dinner, since we'd just learned that Monica liked creme brulee.

Making a dinner with meat and a dessert with cream would require putting a three-hour gap between them so that Monica could eat both, so it was important we serve promptly at 7.

We'd thought about doing a Provencal beef stew from one of Lori's French cookbooks. But we were somewhat disorganized and late about getting a meal plan and a shopping list. So we planned a "Baked Burgundy Beef Stew" from a Pillsbury Cookbook instead.

For an appetizer, we served cambazola cheese I'd bought at Giant Eagle. It was a bit on the flavorless side, unfortunately.

The Burgundy beef stew was very nice. We should have that more often.

The creme brulee came out nicely too.

I feel reasonably sure that we played some game after dinner, but I can't remember what. Ah--I think it was Merchants of Amsterdam, which Dani had brought. It was reasonably good--much better than it must have been when Dani misinterpreted the rules--but it was basically yet another German 'do a little abstract dance to score in some particular way every so often' game.

Cambazola cheese and crackers
Baked Beef Burgundy Stew
Creme brulee

Merchants of Amsterdam

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6:21p - Sunday Dinner, October 20
For last week's dinner, I was very under the weather from the lithotripsy. Lori had her hands full with taking care of me and the wedding she was in. So it was a huge relief when Monica offered to prepare Sunday dinner.

She brought a frozen lasagna which she had cooked, a green salad (which I remember to be not the usual salad, but I don't remember the details) and homemade gingersnaps for dessert. It was so nice and so very kind of her.

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