Yesterday was one of those days (cue dramatic music).
Nothing was quite… right. Nothing was bad, really. The whole day felt faintly uncomfortable, like a pair of jeans that's a half size too small. You know, where it feels like everything- every situation- is vaguely restrictive and uncomfortable and all out of whack.
All around a very 'meh' day.
When my friend Meg (aka Meggs, Meggie, and when I really want to rile her, Magdalene) called, I jumped at the chance to get out of the house and hang with her and our mutual friend Jeff (who, by the way, is utterly fah-byu-luss in every possible way). The plan was to spend the evening nibbling our way through whatever canapes we could throw together and drowning our sorrows in mutual admiration of one another (a favored pastime) and moderately-priced wine, with a dash of Real-Housewives-of-Wherever gossip thrown in.
FYI, Meg is this amazingly fantastic chef in the kitchen. She'll whip up tatins and napoleons and fancy sauces and things that I don't know the names of.
Her kids call cheese 'fromage'.
And they like sunchoke salad.
…I don't know what the heck a sunchoke is.
We eat really, really well around Meggie. God bless her.
So Jeff, Meggs and I sat around and dished about Caroline and Theresa with our wine (a Riesling, courtesy of Jeff, in case you are curious), roasted red peppers stuffed with scamorza (cheese, kinda like a provolone. Don't feel bad- I had no idea either) courtesy of Meg, and the only thing I could scrounge up fast enough….pepperoni chips.
Pepperoni chips. Really.
Stupidly simple, and somehow rather elegant, all it requires is a couple minutes, some good pepperoni, some paper towels and a microwave.
Pepperoni is all laid out on a triple thickness of papertowels. Then microwave for 60 seconds, and check to see if they are crispy enough.
Microwave in additional 15 second increments to acheive desired doneness.
I TOLD you it was easy.
I buy the pepperoni from our local butcher, who slices it to our desired thinness. It's an amazing snack with a good wine or a cheap beer, and elegant enough- or simple enough- for any occaision.