daughter calls me often. She makes me happy. Yesterday she told me she cloroxed
her desk. It appears many around her have been getting sick with the flu. She
then went to get a flu shot. It was good thinking on her part as Pennsylvannia
is considered a high risk state. And then she started feeling achy. And she
couldn’t lift her arm. And she went home from work-all because she got a flu
shot. And then she found out it doesn’t take effect for about two weeks. And
that was my fault-but she doesn’t blame me. Can a mother ever win?
baby, if you were home I would take care of you. I would let you sleep in my
bed on the flannel sheets and I would bring you lots of hot tea. And I would
massage your feet and George would lay next to you, nudging Freddie out of the
way. And we would find a good movie to watch on TV and we would snuggle under
the down comforter. But you aren’t home and so I can only hope that you take
care of yourself which you have been doing. And you have been doing it sooo
well. But I wish I could be there to help. Like a mother does.
Pasta and Chicken
Gratin (adapted from Gourmet Today)
Time to Make: About 20 minutes
garlic clove or maybe two
8 oz grated gruyere or vintage gouda
buttered shallow gratin dish
from chicken and reserve. Discard skin. (You could make your own poached
chicken and use the broth.)
oven to 425 degrees with rack in center of oven.
butter in 4 qt heavy pot. Add garlic and whisk for 1 minute. Reduce heat to low
and add flour, and cook whisking for three minutes. You are making a roux. Add
milk and chicken stock whisking constantly while bringing to a boil. Reduce
heat and simmer, whisking frequently, until sauce is slightly thickened, about
10 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in crème fraiche or sour cream, 1/2 t
salt, pepper, thyme, cayenne, 1 c gruyere and ¼ c parmesan.
in a 4 qt pot of boiling salted water until al dente. Do not overcook. Drain
well and return to pot. Add chicken and sauce and toss to coat.
bread crumbs with remaining cheese and sprinkle evenly over pasta mixture. Bake
gratin until crumbs are golden brown and sauce is bubbling, 20-30 minutes. Let
stand for 10 minutes before serving.
someone not feeling well and make their day.