That's the quote of the evening and it slipped from my uncle's lips within minutes of his arrival at my parents' home. It was immediately preceded by this short vignette:
Him, swooping into the living room and eyeing the hors d'oeuvres table: "Ooh!" as he picks up a tasty pan-seared treat and bites a chunk off.
Mom, laughing but a little trepidatious: "Do you know what that is?"
Him, pausing: "No..."
Mom, laughing more: "Italian-marinated tofu."
Him, chewing his second bite: "Well, there's a first time for everything!"
This morning, I awakened a little later than I had intended, so I gave myself a little less time to wake up so I could get going on my pre-game activities. After a short breakfast, I hopped in the shower, threw on a dress and a quick coat of mascara and headed down to Whole Foods. Fortunately, it was a light shopping week, so I was able to gather what I needed and get out of there pretty quickly.
The reason that is fortunate is because I completely underestimated how long it would take me to:
juice 4 lemons
peel 4 cucumbers
quarter, seed, and dice 4 cucumbers
core, seed, and dice about 8 Roma tomatoes
chop a cup of parsley
I made the tomato-cucumber salad from Vegetarian Times Complete Cookbook that accompanied a meal not long ago, as well as a fingerfood version of the pan-seared Italian Tofu from Vegan with a Vengeance.
The tofu was actually way bigger a hit than I expected it to be. I doubled the recipe because I figured, it if did go over well, I would have enough and if it didn't, at least I would happily munch my way through it this week in various contexts.
My cousin and his wonderful wife love everything I make. Although they shared nicely with everyone else (my mom had a piece, my dad had two, I think my other cousin had one, as did my uncle and his wife), it was my cousin, his wife, and I who "licked the platter clean," so to speak. There was not one speck of tofu or marinade left when we were through. I sent the salad home with them as well. I could very happily cook dinner for them (in my home) for the rest of our lives - that would be a fun little foursome for dinner each night!
With that, I bid welcome to August and adieu to you!