MAN, have I been busy! The past few days have been kind of a whirlwind. Just lots of stuff going on. The house is pretty much in shambles. We had such a nice party here on 4th of July (lots of dominoes and Zimm-Zamm, getting ready for our Zimm-Zamm tournament — and occasionally we even let the kids play, which is so nice of us). On Saturday we went to Lake Oswego for a lovely barbecue and a water-skiing show. We did sit down for almost five hours straight on Sunday watching Nadal beat Federer in the (TiVo-ed) men's final at Wimbledon, which was just absolutely awesome. It was the match that wouldn't end. By the time we got up it looked like we'd been camping out in front of the TV for weeks: Ripped quilts and lazy pets splayed across sofas and chairs. Junk mail, newspapers, and pattern drafts drifted across every surface. Half-finished glasses of lemonade and empty Haymaker bottles littered the kitchen. To top it off it seemed that a huge bag of kettle corn had exploded all over the place. It was quite incredible how big of a mess two people and three pets who are basically sitting still for an entire day can really make. Clover Meadow is finally used to me screaming at the TV during every dramatic volley; she no longer panics and climbs onto my neck with her entire body as if the world is coming to an end. But I could not look away from Centre Court, and we all let out a great whooping cheer when Nadal was triumphant. Awesome match. Truly amazing tennis.
I made Chicken Tikka Masala again, this time with a recipe I saw them try on America's Test Kitchen. (They are cagey about the recipe so I can't post it here, but if you join the site you can access it.) It's similar to the recipe I generally use (and if you make that one, be sure to read my notes in that post about reducing the salt significantly — I don't know if the recipe has typos or what, but it is insanely salty as written, so definitely adjust that), but you broil the chicken in the oven (which makes a ginormous mess of your oven, but is tasty-good) and add 28 oz. of crushed tomatoes. And next time, honestly, I would leave those out and just use 8 oz. of tomato sauce, or maybe even just the called-for tomato paste. I like a stronger, more concentrated sauce with this. But it was very nice and I'll definitely be using this recipe again.
I have a lot of catching up to do, so that's my goal this week. I am putting the finishing touches on everything Tanglewood, so stay tuned for information about that soon. I have a million emails to answer, things to tell you, and pictures to Photoshop. So I'd better get to work!