Have old friends for dinner — Season 3 premier of Hannibal and my new apron to mark the occasion

Today, there’s no food to post, however, for my birthday and after the Great Book Purge during May, I acquired three new cookbooks — a Moroccan cookbook, Jamie Oliver’s first (The Naked Chef), and Ina Garten’s Barefoot Contessa.  I look forward to mining all three of those books for new and exciting recipes to tempt you all to the kitchen.

I’m posting today to mark two important events in my life.  First and foremost, tonight is the start of Hannibal, season 3.  This is a show I was skeptical about from the moment I saw they were making it.  I didn’t doubt the actors or the screen writers.  I just didn’t see the point.  Until the first episode sucked me right in and turned me into an instant fan.  I’ve fallen in love with every aspect of this show, and I won’t lie.  Even though we all know Hannibal is cooking up long pig, his technique and presentation are stunningly beautiful.  Poetic, I’d say.  Art of the highest form.  There is a reason why it’s called culinary art, and Hannibal Lecter creates art that should inspire us (even if what we prepare will involve beef, chicken, duck, actual pork…) to become better in our own kitchens.

The second ‘event’ is what I’m now calling my Anti-versary.  I married the Narcissist (my ex) on June 4, 1994, and we divorced in 2009 (split in July, legally free in November).  I never wanted to be one of those people who reached the former wedding date and whined or cried or became depressed over what was.  I wanted to turn this day into a celebration of my freedom.  The first Anti-versary was spent in the theatre with The Roommate watching Iron Man 2, and Ultron notwithstanding, Tony Stark does tend to make everything better.  At least, movie’verse Tony Stark.  Since then, that’s what I’ve done for myself — June 4th is not a day of memories steeped in wedding images or the man I married, but they’re alive with who I’m becoming.  My becoming.

This is my design.

This year, my Anti-versary coincides with Hannibal season 3, and I couldn’t be happier.  Why not?  A gorgeous man, cooking stunning meals.

Rest assured that nothing that appears on Geek Girl Gourmet will be just as Hannibal prepared it.

Hannibal Apron for season 3Apron Up Close

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