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Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Shrimp Smorrebrod

When Dr. and Mrs. S. realized they had to leave pretty early in the evening to go to Dr. S.'s old school, where he was to receive a distinguished alumni award, they decided that instead of dinner they wanted to have "high tea".

I figured that was a great opportunity to explore some of the fancy sandwiches Gourmet has in the "Sandwiches and Pizza" section of the book, and settled on Shrimp Smorrebrod. Regular readers will remember the Salmon Smorrebrod from a while back--this is the same idea, and open faced cold sandwich on rye that starts with butter to protect the bread and builds up. This one has lettuce, avocado, red onion, and shrimp, and is topped with a lovely horseradish sour cream and sprinkled with capers.

They both loved it, especially Dr. S. who is extremely fond of things like avocados. Mrs. S. only ate a few bites though, saying that she was too fat in the stomach and hadn't exercised. This sort of thing makes me crazy, and also makes me realize you're never too old for vanity. I mean, she's 85, for heaven's sake--she should eat what she wants in my opinion. She did the same thing with the homemade applesauce--one bite and set it aside.

I'm not going to be cooking much for them this week--there are lots of festivities surrounding their 65th wedding anniversary!! But I'll surely be cooking SOMETHING, so check in soon.

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