And to think just a few days ago I was about to give up on the Cuisine of California.
-Halibut with apples, ginger, and cider vinegar. The sauce called for a cup of whipping cream. Very '80s, but very effective. Owen ate a half pound of this, then said, "More chicken please."
-Sugar snap peas and red peppers. Flavored only with butter and salt. Isabel had fifths.
-Lemon rice with capers and parsley. Buttery, tangy, capery.
-Cheesecake souffle. Pictured above, lavishly decorated by Isabel. Okay, maybe not the best cheesecake ever -- this was from the school of sweet and fluffy as opposed to dense and tart. Still, it was pretty awesome.
But what really made the dinner memorable was this: No one cried, or shouted, or stormed upstairs. No one complained, or pushed their food around their plate. Everyone sat there. Everyone talked. Everyone ate.