I love my husband, but I have to share a secret with you. He’s not a great gift giver. The most shining example of this was Christmas about a decade ago. I gave him a thoughtful present. In return, he stood up, extended his arms and gave me his present. A hug. Yes, a hug. I think you get the picture.
For my birthday this year, things changed. He hit it out of the park! Not only did he surprise me (which almost never happens, though not for lack of trying), but he gifted me two wonderful things: 1) tickets for a cooking demonstration and tasting by my three favorite America’s Test Kitchen chefs and 2) he took the day off of work to accompany me.
We spent the morning together, had a coffee date and window shopped at quaint little boutiques. During our stroll, we wandered into a market that had freshly made gourmet sandwiches. The plan was to attend the demonstration, then return to the market for grab-and-go sandwiches.
The demonstration was almost too much fun for me. Christopher Kimball, Bridget Lancaster and Julia Collin Davison entertained with their usual banter and skill. On the menu was “Our Favorite Chili” and Butterscotch Pudding, paired with a red and white wine selected by Marc Mondavi, of Charles Krug Winery, in Napa Valley.
I enjoyed every moment of the demonstrations. When it was time to sample the fare, we were not disappointed. I didn’t realize that chili could taste that interesting and delicious. And then came dessert. From scratch butterscotch pudding. The recipe included butter, sugar, brown sugar, corn syrup, heavy cream, whole milk and egg yolks. Not exactly a “light” ingredient list.
We thoroughly enjoyed the samples and the wine. (I may or may not have also had my husband’s wine.) Though the chili and butterscotch pudding weren’t large portions, it turns out that they were enough. We skipped the sandwiches from the market and headed for home.
Butter, sugar, syrup, cream, milk and yolks. Just a dot, not a lot.
Note: The following photos are included to make my foodie friends insanely jealous.
P.S. In my husband’s defense, neither of us are great gift givers. Quite honestly, rather than material possessions, I much prefer his unconditional love and support. He’s a gem!