You would think that with one teenager away for the month, my cooking feedback would have turned more positive. And you would be wrong. Joe has decided to step in for the absent Annie and make negative commentary at the dinner table in her place. Take this garlic flatbread, made with my own little hands, to accompany the sausage and peppers below. I was going to make the sausage and peppers without any bread, but Louisa wanted to sandwich-fy it, so I turned up a flatbread recipe, mixed the dry ingredients, cut in the shortening, let it rise, pressed them out, and seasoned with dry Italian herbs. I thought it was pretty good. Louisa thought it was pretty good. “This tastes funny,” said Joe as he left it unfinished on his plate.
And then there was the sausage and peppers. These are Whole Foods store made sausages, good quality, lower fat and sodium, but not purchased for their healthful properties as much as the convenience factor, eliminating an extra stop to pick up sausages elsewhere. I was planning to grill them, but last week we had major downpours every night and grilling was not to be on the menu. “I really don’t like Whole Foods sausages,” said Joe grumbling about his dinner. I admit they’re not the same as the sausage brand he does like, but there’s nothing wrong with them.
And then we come to the chocolate he doesn’t like. Joe wasn’t even invited to share this chocolate bar that I picked up from John and Kira’s at the farmer’s market. No, weeks ago he had already declared it’s “chocolate for snobs.” Fine, call me a snob, but it’s my new favorite flavor. I just had to see how rosemary worked with chocolate and Louisa agreed with me that it was delicious. So, please Joe, don’t like chocolate for snobs. Then I won’t feel guilty not sharing it with you.