The best part of a longish vacation is returning home. I love eating eating out, but after 11 days of not having a home cooked meal, all I want to do is cook and make a cocktail. While away I ate a lot of fish tacos and drank maybe a Mai Tai or two or three or ten. That's why the first thing I did when I got home was make soup. Comfort food. I went simple, with tomato and fennel soup and a grilled cheese sandwich. The secret ingredient to the soup? Pernod. I know, an anise/licorice liquor in soup? It works to perfection. Recipe from NY Times.
And to wash it all down? My go to cocktail, an old fashioned. While I usually go with a lower proof bourbon, like Buffalo Trace, tonight I went with Russell's Reserve Single Barrel. Great stuff and a touch higher in proof.
But don't get me wrong. I love going on vacation. The one thing that a vacation does is that it helps make you appreciate the everyday things you take for granted. Like cooking dinner. And drinking a perfect old fashioned made the way you like it made.