Portland’s Center Stage. Last night we went to see A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Gerding Theater at the Armory. It’s a historic building that has been beautifully restored. Honestly, it doesn’t seem like an old building at all. The interior has a bit of an industrial feel but is cozy somehow too. There’s a cafe in the lobby so you can grab a bite before the performance begins. We are big Shakespeare fans so this was a win-win for us (although Midsummer Night’s Dream in November? It felt rather odd to be driving in the dark on our way to the theater) but an added bonus was that one of our favorite actors from the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF) was in the cast.
photo from SOU College of Arts & Sciences
OSF is kind of funny that way. You’ll see an actor season after season, watching them deliver shockingly different performances and personas, and then suddenly they are just not around anymore. So we were thrilled to discover James Newcomb on the list of actors for the play. As is the fashion at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, he played lots of parts–starring and supporting–in whatever the company was presenting that season. Our favorite was when he played Richard in Richard III. Glenn and I call him “the guy with the voice.” He has a very theater-actor-y voice that is rather distinctive. He played Bottom in last night’s performance.
We loved the play and the venue and having a night out. Midsummer Night’s Dream is playing until December 23 and tickets are still available for all performances. If you’re in Portland, check it out.
After the fun and festivities last week, it’s kind of nice to get back to a regular week of cooking and dinners at home. We’ve pretty much taken care of the leftovers around here (though there might be a stray piece of berry pie or two left.) It’s that dark time of the year when comfort foods seem sooo extra delicious so here’s our plan for the week:
Monday: Shepherd’s Pie–I overdid it, kind of purposefully/kind of by accident on the mashed potatoes last week so this is the perfect dish to finish off our Thanksgiving potatoes.
Tuesday: Date night! Glenn and I are going to see A Midsummer Night’s Dream (in November?!?) So we’ll get to have dinner out on the way. If we find a new treasure I’ll be sure to write about it. Or if you have a suggestion–shout it out! We’re headed downtown to Portland’s Center Stage.
Wednesday: Pork Chops (nothing special here–I’ll just cook them up on the stove top or maybe stick them in the oven) with Crock Pot Apple Butter Yeast Rolls from A Spicy Perspective and Wild Rice Stuffing from Tidy Mom.
Thursday: Spaghetti and Meatballs–My usual go-to recipe for spaghetti is Mom’s Meaty Spaghetti Sauce but Glenn specifically asked for spaghetti and meatballs so I’ll be trying this recipe from AllRecipes instead. (Incidentally, have you tried their smart phone app? So handy!)
Friday: Nicole’s Corn Chowder from The Crockin’ Girls. Glenn is not always a fan of creamy soups but I am hoping this one will be okay. We have ham leftover from our Thanksgiving stuffing, making this both handy and delicious!
Saturday: Acorn Squash Stuffed with Spiced Chicken Sausage and Apples from Paleo in a Pinch. I love acorn squash and Glenn…doesn’t. So I’ll serve his over rice (maybe the leftover wild rice stuffing, if there is any) and put the rest of ours in the hollowed out squash as instructed.
As always, ther are links to all of these recipes on my pinterest boards…look for the ones that start with taste. Shepherd’s Pie is the only recipe I’ve tried before so no promises on the results but fingers crossed and I’ll let you know what we think.