I adore being a parent. I adore our two beautiful daughters, Alyssa and Amelia. Getting to watch them grow into lovely and strong young women is a privilege. Being a parent has many fringe benefits and bonuses. Bonuses you ask? I consider sharing special times together bonuses of parenting. For example, Mia came along with me recently when I was a featured chef at a local television station. We dressed the set for a picnic. We unpacked and "stuffed" up the place and had an absolute blast doing it too! Mia reached Olympian levels of eye rolling as I went all "Martha" on the set. When we got home, we watched way too much television over popcorn, cupcakes and cheesy snacks.
The same weekend as the the television appearance, I was also a featured demonstrator at The Great Allentown Fair. This is my third year as a demonstrator and I really enjoy the spontaneity of live demonstrations. The first year I demoed at the Fair, I brought brave audience members on stage with me and invited them to try their hand at making crepes. This year, I brought a precious and precocious little girl on stage and had her supervise the butter as it browned for my Pasta with Brown Butter and Fresh Herbs (see my Recipes page) and then had her proclaim "Mary Grube is a genius!" By this time, Mia was on stage with me and busily rooting around in the herbs we brought for the rosemary which never did appear. I got to make Mia blush and practice her eye rolling again.
Another highlight of the our weekend was when I got the audience and stand up and do a voodoo dance over the pot of water that through much threatening would NOT come to a boil let along stay at the boil. After the fifth time of coming to the boil and then not boiling, I had my unsuspecting and by this time, giggling audience, stand up and do, I must say, an excellent voodoo dance, which eventually worked its magic and brought the pot to a full and sustained boil. Once again, Mia was blushing and eye rolling but also having fun along with us. In the end, the food got cooked, the audience got fed and I got polite applause.
After the demonstration we strolled the fair for pizza by the slice, soft serve ice cream, followed our noses to the petting zoo's self-serve animal chow we used to feed emus, saw magic and dog shows and watched pigs race. We made memories and all in all, had a fantastic girls days out!
Avid home cook and passionate instructor