This is the first Winter Solstice Holiday we have spent at home with no kids in almost our whole time together. Just MsBubba, Sweet Maggie Dog, and myself, it is pretty nice. For dinner I've planned on paneed chicken breast with reduction sauce, red cabbage, green beans, and maybe pasta or potatoes.
Many years ago that was the first meal I made for MsBubba and the kids. Loo and Jamie were in their early to mid teens and lived on food a single working mother could/would fix. I put a meal worthy of being served at K-Paul's in New Orleans on the table. BTW back in the day, anytime I RON'ed in New Orleans K-Paul's was a required stop even though it often meant a hour or more wait to share a table with five or six of your new best friends. It was worth the wait. I can still see one of my F.O.s on his first time there picking up his plate after finishing his meal and licking it clean.
Anyway I had no experience with kids of any age at the time, I figured they were just like adults but maybe a little smaller. I knew my folks, when I was growing up, treated me just like another adult. I guess I expected the same. Anyway I'll cut to the chase.
I put this beautifully plated paneed chicken breast on a perfect reduction with red cabbage and green beans, all looking like it was ready to be photographed for a food magazine. First thing both Loo and Jamie did was cover the chicken with ketchup. I didn't say anything but I would have loved to see my face. Welcome to the world of kids.