Friday night it was pouring rain and cold.  We all got home at staggered times and I didn't really feel like cooking dinner more than once.  On these occasions, we like to have what our family calls a 'pick-up' dinner.  It basically means you cruise around the kitchen picking-up this and that from the pantry and fridge and throw something together.  Many a tasty creation got it's start as a pick-up dinner! 

IMG_1785

An ideal and often underutilized table for casual, no-utensil dining is the coffee table.  It's also a way to enjoy more time in the living room which is typically relegated to holiday and company-only occasions. The kids pulled up a pillow and joined us for a nibble and a rare Friday night all together.  

For the spread, I had the last bits of some Italian cured meats, an aged Gouda, some mixed olives, baguette slices, flatbread crackers and my personal favorite – salt and pepper thick-cut ruffled potato chips.  The one cooked item-  caramelized onion, fig and goat cheese crostini. Super simple.

IMG_1787

I took one really big yellow onion, sliced it and slowly sauteed with about a third of a stick of butter + about 2 Tablespoons of olive oil.  A little salt and pepper at the end.

IMG_1781

After about 20 minutes they are soft and and slightly sweet.  In the meantime, I sliced rounds of baguette and spread this fig jam (below) on them.  If you have never tried fig jam – I highly suggest you do.  The first time I had it, my next-door neighbor in Seattle (hi Beth!) called over the fence to come over for a glass of wine and she served this jam over gorgonzola with a French rose. I've been hooked since.  

Anyway, a little clump of onions went on top of the jam, followed by a slice of chevre.  I toasted them for a minute just to warm the cheese and crisp the bread.

A quick question for you foodie readers – Has anyone ever made homemade fig newtons?  This jam would be the perfect filling.  I have no idea how to make the cookie part though?

IMG_1783

To keep things in the Halloween spirit, I got Geno one of these… 

IMG_1789

We were planning on watching a scary movie (not really scary though), but we were all so tired that all we could stay awake for was "It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown"!

Great-pumpkin-charlie-brown

Today is my birthday, although we celebrated all weekend.  The highlight was dinner on Saturday night at Jardiniere in San Francisco. Absolutely heavenly. I didn't want to be snapping pictures all night, but was in awe of the circular upper level (where we sat) that looked down below at the bar.  It felt like a NYC restaurant.

Jardiniere
I hope you all had a fantastic weekend and prolific Halloween! Remember – it's not ok to pilfer all the Almond Joys and Hershey's bars from your kids loot today while they're at school!

 

 

You might also like:

Subscribe for updates from farmhouseurban.com

Subscribe