Sue and Johnny Cook up a Storm


We were hanging around on a beautiful weekend in Buck Hill Falls and Johnny asked: “what should we make for dinner that feels like Fall?”   We were tossing ideas around.  Naturally, I wasn’t into a big complicated meal and didn’t want too much fussing.  This became a joke after a while with everyone ignoring me.  Johnny claims that cooking relaxes him.  So,  we settled on roasted butternut squash soup, a roasted chicken over root vegetables and a variation on Jacque Pepin’s classic tarte tatin.

It’s a small town and grocery shopping at Shop Rite  we ran into MImi.  (We all agree that Shop Rite’s produce is the best around.)  Mimi was off to make her first batch of handmade pasta (which you’ve already seen).  We went in search of pre-chopped butternut squash (which meant less work for me!)

Here are the results of the whole family pitching in.  Even the grandchildren, Leslie and Kelly, got involved.  One peeled all the carrots, the other peeled all the potatoes.

I had to laugh.  I though the tarte tatin Johnny made was perfect yet, he was disappointed.  He felt it was lacking because the apples were not golden delicious and he can tell the difference.  (Sounds a little like Mimi, doesn’t he?)

… and a Diva “Dishes”.

That’s one beautiful roasted chicken and “Diva-worthy” tarte tatin.  When I saw Sue and her sons in Shop Rite, I complimented Johnny on his culinary skills — very impressive!  What would you expect?  He learned from the best!


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