The Weekly Newsletter
Menus and Stories for August 15 - 20, 2005

Fresh Fennel
Oh, and carrots too.

These were part of a nice lunch we served yesterday up in the mountains. Everything was much enjoyed, but people came back for thirds and fourths of these.

I've decided to include a few more pictures from this event for your "viewing pleasure!" It really was a nice weekend. We served lunch for 75 on Friday, dinner for 325 (!) on Friday, and then, on Saturday, another 325. All were very nice meals, many featuring products from our neighbors. (I really like that part of it the best.)

part II
Stemmed artichokes, local tomatoes, caper berries. Lovely.

All part of our Chicken Nicoise* for the lunch in the mountains.

(*once again I'm sorry to have to omit the "cedilla" [that little thing that swoops down under the letter "c" in French] but I haven't figured out how to add it when I use this program.)

Yogurt and fruit parfaits
Kris makes these up each day using her granola and used to have them all ready for you in our "help yourself" area. But she thinks they are better when the granola is crisp, so we're making them to order (unless we find that THAT doesn't work...flexibility is a good thing in this kind of business.) If you'd like one the next time you come in for a early visit - or a late one, for that matter, and you don't see any, just ask and we'll fix you up, just like that.

Dinners to go
Dinners come with a freshly-made green salad, salad dressing of the day,
and made-right-here bread of the day. We take reservations until noon or so.

Please order by phone (252-1500), by FAX (252-02002) or stop in to speak to one of us in person.

Monday August 15 Red Curry Chicken and Coconut Rice 9.75
Tuesday August 16 Shrimp and Summer Garden Fettucine 12.50
Wednesday August 17 Ginger Beef and Pineapple Kebabs 10.75
Thursday August 18 Broiled Scallops with Orange Noodles 12.50
Friday August 19 Cashew Roasted Tuna and Grilled Vegetables 12.25

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Our Casserole of the week
We make a special casserole each week on Wednesday. Please give us a call by the end of the day on Tuesday and we’ll fix yours for you. Come by between 4:30 and 6:00. Get a half (for 4 appetites) or a full sized pan (for 9 or so.)

Wednesday, August 17
Summer Corn and Pepper Tamale Pie
Full 28.00
Half 14.00

New Smoked Turkey - local (yum!)
Our chief cook, Richard, has a cousin who has a small shop down in the south of town, a lunch spot. Well, cousin Zeb also happens to be a fellow who really knows his way around a smoker too. Richard suggested we try his smoked turkey, which we did, adding it to the mix of things here in the shop.

Here is a picture of a salad featuring the turkey, and some wonderful Salami, Roasted Peppers, and imported Balsamic Onions. "Tuscan Antipasto Salad."

Here's my suggestion. Come have a sanwich with Zeb's turkey. Or give this new salad a try. We'll have it in our deli case. You'll see what I mean.

New Salmon Salad
Okay, here's another new one. (This was part of the big Saturday luncheon too.)

It's very simple and very good. Roasted fresh Salmon. Pencil-thin Asparagus. Lemon. Dill.

Look for it in the deli case.

Gnome magnets
The "Happy Center" (I did not invent this name, the company did) has been restocked. We've added these cute magnet sets with garden gnomes. We have new gums too. All cute. Great for gifts.

A Note from Laurey
Today is the birthday of my oldest friend. Oops, um, that is, she is the friend I have known longest in my life. We met when I was 15. She was 14 but had skipped a year in school and so we ended up together. I had just moved from a tiny, going-out-of-business boarding school to live with my sister. At boarding school there were 9 girls, all white, in my class. But in my new school there were 1500 kids – just in my class! The school was near Northwestern University so the population was very diverse. Boys and girls. And 35 different ethnic groups, as I recall. I was in shock at it all. Thrilled, but stunned.

Our high school was more like a college, with a catalogue of course offerings and a huge variety of things to learn. We had a working planetarium! In gym class alone the year was divided into 6 sessions. In each session there were 20 possibilities: diving, volleyball, camping (yes!) fencing, badminton…if you can imagine it, we could try it.

In my first session I signed up for diving. I was good at diving, but pretty lonely. I had not been around that many people before and I had no idea how to begin to meet anyone in the mass of classmates. One girl out of the 25 girls in my class seemed nice enough to remember and wonder about. We smiled at each other in between learning the Jackknife and the Swan dives. But as soon as class was over, she disappeared into the swirl of students.

In the second session I had signed up for Archery (I think.) I looked around at the 25 new girls. Wait! There was one I recognized. She was the same girl I’d met in Diving. We smiled at each other again. And we learned Archery together, teaming up, retrieving each others’ wayward arrows, laughing at our wild misses. But that was the extent of it.

But then, in the third session, when we saw each other again, in Fencing, we started to talk. For one thing, we both hated Fencing and both decided to switch to Badminton. It had seemed notable that we had signed up for the same three classes in a row. Out of the entire Junior class, some 750 girls, with 20 gym class options, what were the chances of the two of us landing in the same three classes in a row? But then, when we decided to switch out of Fencing, we found we had signed up for the same classes for the entire year, and that made us stop and really look at each other differently.

We had, to be sure, found each other and we have been best friends ever since.

Her son, born well after our college lives, is my godson. When it was time for him to be born I went and stayed with her, cooking and helping and visiting and waiting. I cooked and cooked and cooked, fooling around in her kitchen, playing and dancing and inventing. Waiting for Ezra to arrive, I imagined cooking for strangers. It seemed wildly exciting. One day, hot and bored, I sat down at Barbara’s desk and began doodling and ended up drawing my name in a way that made me think of a bistro in France.

Ezra is just about to start his first year at UCLA. He’s at a special summer program right now, studying all kinds of lofty subjects, diving into the wide world. He’s interested in World Politics, I think. He will, I’m sure, end up changing the world in his own way.

I now have a restaurant. I still dance when I cook (at home, for the most part at this point.) I am not much at diving, though I could probably do a passable Jackknife after a try or two. I have not touched a bow and arrow in some time, and I still am not interested in Fencing. But I do have these two in my life to remind me of some curious events and some odd twists and turns and roads that I’ve followed.

Happy Birthday Barbara. Happy 50. Who would have imagined it?

August color
Our friend the flower lady brought these in the other day. Our tables are filled with color from her garden. Her dahlias are almost surreal with giant blooms and wild colors. The Zinnias are still with us too. But I have to say, her Sunflowers are especially lovely, don't you think?

Contact Info:
"Gourmet Comfort Food"
Eat In - Take Out - Catering
67 Biltmore Avenue
Asheville, NC 28801


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Saturday 8:00 - 4:00 pm

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