Last night, my daughter Cammie and I were heading out to meet her friend Kate at Pepperclub Restaurant in Portland, Maine. Cammie and Kate leave for New York City tomorrow to begin studying at Annemarie Coulbin's Natural Gourmet Cooking School.
I wanted to treat them to a send-off dinner, but then realized that maybe with all the ice around (we've had snow & rain over the weekend & Monday), it would be too slippery for me. On nights like this, because of my crutches and prosthetic leg, I'm better off staying home.
But I still wanted to treat them, so Cammie – with the promise of a delicious meal upon her return – went to get it instead and returned with my hands-down favorite – owner Mary Ledue Paine's Autumn Loaf Meal. I dream about this old-fashioned comfort food entree with its meatloaf-like consistency and flavor, the sweet potatoes and regular potatoes mashed into a perfect fluffiness with olive oil in place of butter, ladled with the best mushroom gravy, and served with beets (my fave) and a side salad garnished with toasted pumpkin seeds and homemade dressing!
Not only did I get my wish, my meal was satisfying beyond bliss – I received a heart-felt note on the bag that contained this meal made with love. I can feel the warm lingering effect of this nourishing meal served and packaged for me with love. And, to top it off, it it was an unexpected treat for me – on the house, from Mary!