New Life, New Town, New Kitchen

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Friday, August 9, Washington D.C.
A monkey sits alone at his laptop, marveling at the fact that law school starts in little over a week. He wonders to himself many things. One thought surfaces again and again. What the hell is he doing here? There are, of course, many answers to this. Many of these answers are very good. Convincing. Some of them are even noble. But of course anyone who enters law school without any shred of doubt or ambivalence probably has serious underlying psychological problems. Watch for tics.

But lets backtrack a little, then we'll get straight to the food. A lovely family in a lovely neighborhood in Northwest Washington DC (near Friendship Heights) left for a year to three years for Austria, where the father works for the IAEA. To keep their house in order and make a few bucks ($36,000 to be precise) they decided to rent out their house to Kitchen Monkey, his sister, two friends from Florida, and another 1L at AU Law. The house is beautiful, and living in what is certainly the nicest house I've ever lived in or will live in for many many years at the moment of my life in which I am the most financially strapped...well, let's just say the irony is not lost on me. There is a fish pond with real fish (the turtle is fake) tons of flowers in the yard, a nice big porch with not one but two porch swings, a deck with nice big grill, and of course the amazing kitchen with lots of counter space, a breakfast nook, and this big fat six-burner gas stove. I actually got goose bumps when I first saw it. That's how much of a dork Kitchen Monkey is. Anyway, check out the goods:

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That's beef liver and shallots sauteeing away, eventually to become a paté, in the way my friend Nick makes it (though I think he usually uses chicken livers).

That night I went all out for the roommates and a couple guests. I made my special caesar dressing, but the real work went into the raviolis. Loosely based on a Marcella Hazan recipe I made a filling of bay scallops, asapargus, herbs, breadcrumbs, and parmesan. The dough I made with my pasta roller and the raviolis were stuffed by hand, boiled, then dressed with little more than butter, fresh basil, and fresh parmesan. So GOOD. Here they be, just filled:

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Its a shame that despite having such a nice kitchen I'll probably not have alot of time to cook once classes start. Hopefully I'll find a few epicureans among the field of budding lawyers and we can work out some rotating study/feast night. Tonightwe're using that gigantic grill on some brats for them and a big rib eye steak for me. With pesto butter-YEAH! Tomorrow I'm going up to NYC to hang with some friends. Will probably try to hit up Minca Ramen Factory again. Minca. Minca. I love Minca. Yes I do.


Nick said...

Yeah baby, now you're cookin' with gas.

Barbara (Biscuit Girl) said...

Welcome to DC! You're gonna love the diversity of the restaurants and the markets.

megwoo said...

Congrats on scoring a nice house, Monkey! I'm sure it will make school more bearable. I'm jealous of your six burner stove. And the outdoor grill. And even the fish pond.

Your dinner sounds amazing! Do you have a recipe for the ravs?

drbiggles said...

Hey Lawyer Boy, you made it! Congratulations, you set out and took care of business, good going.

I'm impressed.

I'm also wondering if you're really busy? Cause I'm busy too, but not like Law School busy, that's just too crazy.

Rock on mang.

Johan said...

Hi Blog Owner,

Chef Johan here with a compliment!

I was surfing the net and came accross your blog about beef recipes
and I just wanted to let you know that I'm really impressed
with the effort you have put into your work!

I also have a website and it is called: ground beef recipes
and I know how time-consuming it was to get it up and running.

Keep up the great work!

Have a great day now!
Chef johan

PS: Please email me of you are interested in a link exchange
between your site and mine. My contact details:

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Anonymous said...

Great post!

I did a search for gas stove and found this site. I have put together an ebook I have titled, "Huge Gas Pump Savings."


Francesca said...

I like your kichenwindow, big and bright