Earlier this week, I received an awesome present in the mail from Chicago: a Lou Malnati's deep dish pizza. It arrived completely frozen with the help of dry ice. We baked it tonight for dinner and it was wonderful.
I have just fixed myself a Shirley Temple using the available ingredients in our apartment (ginger ale and grenadine). A truly doctored Shirley temple would also include ice, maraschino cherries, and orange slices, but this simpler version is just as delicious. This drink always reminds me of being a kid at family weddings or grownup restaurants and feeling extremely luxurious with my fancy-looking Shirley Temple.
I first read Lenora Mattingly Weber's Leave It To Beany (1950) as an adolescent growing up in the Midwest. The title character of Beany Malone, whose fictional self had been my age over 50 years earlier, was to me the ideal all-American, self-sufficient, Midwestern girl. She was attractive, but not showy, intelligent, but not too outspoken, well-liked, but introspective, neat and tidy, but creative. To this day, I still think of her character and strive to replicate some of her qualities in my own life.