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The Great Paternity Leave of 2007: Day Whatever

Tuesday, April 10, 2007 posted by Henri

Hmmm...I have reached the strange state reserved for periods of paternity leave, time stranded on deserted islands, Fear and Loathing trips to the desert during college, and the great Vegas run of 2002...yes folks I have no idea what day it is. Absolutely beautiful. So anachronistic blogging from a pool of photos I somehow took along the way, although annoying, is a small price to pay for living vicariously through my unemployment. I do remember spending a lot of last week reorganizing our home office and working on my tax extension. Sounds boring, but for me, having the time to pick up little pieces of stuff and determining their absolute optimal final resting place is a self indulgent exercise in anal-retentive bliss.

OK so for all you parents wondering how absolutely insane having a second child could be, here's some encouraging news: meh so far so good. BabyJ still sleeping in 2-3 hour chunks. ConStar still pretty mellow with the whole thing. But I think the main reason why these past few weeks have been so manageable...our kick-ass friends.

My merry band of fellow Dads, Afghanistan, FayeDunaway, Su and Peachboy have fed and cared for me and the Mrs throughout these first few weeks that BabyJ has been home. It's provided us with enough free time to cook even more. Strange how things work huh?

Peachboy and family introducing us to Pizza Antica.
Heirloom Potato, Caramelized Onion and White Truffle Oil
Constar approves
The pizza fueled me to make some Amaretto crepes the next morning
ConMan approves
There are few things in this world as decadent as Filbert Paste. Seriously. Comparing Filbert Paste to Nutella is like comparing Kobe beef to a SlimJim. This stuff is amazing.
Who wants a Filbert and Cream Amaretto Crepe? I ate seven.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ok, now the similarity thing is just getting too out of hand, my friend. You're a crepe man too? Mon dieu! Anyway, when you get a chance, run out to a good kitchen store and pick up a Le Creuset crepe pan. The cast iron one you're using works fine but once you use an actual crepe pan, you'll fall in love with it.

Glad to hear things are all going smoothly at Casa Corndog!

6:21 AM

Blogger themikestand said...

Only in Fort Wayne, you say?


(Belated congrats on BabyJ -- hang in there.)

10:46 AM

Blogger Henri said...

MD- Yeah I do like me some crepes. Crepe pan sounds good...but maybe I'll get one of those industrial crepe rigs they have at all those Japanese crepe shops. On second thought our kitchen is tiny and we own like three dedicated waffle makers...I don't know if we can make room for more gear. Crepe pan it is.

Mike- Filbert paste you can get's used mostly for cakes I think. We bought our tub at Sur la Table. It comes sweetened and you can put it on anything.

11:14 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Glad you guys liked Pizza Antica...we may have more places to take you before your paternity leave is over!

10:08 PM

Blogger sandia said...

J's flexing her muscles in the top picture so that, one day, she too can eat amaretto crepes with filbert paste.

11:21 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

love the pic of baby j...i think she looks like cindy!

that crepe looks sooooo good...

happy belated bday to conman!!!

7:57 PM

Blogger honglien123 said...

Henri! I'm blaming my absolute crappy experience at Sur la Table today on you! I went to the one at Santana Row and not only did the woman there claim that they did NOT carry Filbert Paste but that she had never heard of any Sur la Table carrying such a product. (And let me tell you, I was really excited at the prospect of getting my hands on some.) Not only that, but when I noticed and immediately took away a little knife that was displayed right in front of my son's face and mentioned that perhaps thigh height was probably not the best place for a store to display a bunch of knives she said, "Well, that's where they tell us to put them and maybe you should watch your kids." Grrrrrrrr! It's a good thing I was with my MIL and was too polite to call her a biotch...and I didn't even get my filbert paste! Sorry, had to rant somewhere, but dude, I MUST know. Which Sur la Table did you buy yours at?

10:04 PM

Blogger Henri said...

Oh Crap. My wife just informed me that it was NOT at Sur La Table but rather at 4th street in Berkeley ACROSS from Sur La Table at The Pasta Shop.

The Pasta Shop
1786 Fourth Street
Berkeley, CA 94710

So sorry they were so mean at Santana Row. Here's the Crepe recipe I always use.

11:05 PM

Blogger honglien123 said...

Doh! And I was about to write a strongly worded letter to Sur la Table for misinforming their rude service people.

Thanks for the address and recipe. Mmm mm...crepes.

10:16 AM

Blogger Henri said...

Hmmm seems like the last link got chopped off.
Crepe Recipe.

8:46 AM


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