Sure, I could be cooking dinner but...
...after several days of looking at a batch of Roma tomatoes and a pot of basil, 4:45pm starts to look like a great time to make several jars of bruschetta topping.
So I grabbed that book again and got some water boiling.
After seeing (and SO loving) Julie and Julia with a girlfriend a few weeks ago, I've had an unshakeable craving for bruschetta and a Gimlet. (Not necessarily together and those of you who've also seen and loved J&J know exactly what I'm talking about.) So when I came across the small-batch preserving recipe for Bruschetta-Style Salsa, it was an instant "Must make that!" moment.
And a proclamation was issued across the kitchen: "Chicken strips and french fries tonight kids!" The masses were happy and I am well stocked for any immediate Bruschetta-style needs.
Now about that cocktail.