WRITTEN ON April 29th, 2011 BY Meredith AND STORED IN Uncategorized

Like many Americans, I spent the morning in awe of the British royals.  Everyone loves a wedding, and no one does pomp better than the Brits.

As it so happens, I’m working in the kitchen this morning on a bridesmaids luncheon I’m catering this afternoon. So it’s all wedding, all the time around here. As it also turns out, I’m feeling rather emotional today (nothing new).  In fact, I’ve been welling up all morning.  In a good way.

Kate (or Catherine, as they are now calling her) is the perfect princess.  She displayed such incredible poise and grace today.  I remember well the frenzy and pre-wedding jitters from my own big day, so I stand in awe of how beautifully she handled herself on such an incredibly large scale.  Suffice it to say, she gained many new admirers today.

Underneath all the ceremony, I think what struck me most was the simple kindness that seems to run between the couple.  William was dashing in red, but it was his deference to his new bride that had me riveted. There is such an obvious gentle concern for one another.  I guess what I loved most of all was the simple fact that despite their royal stature, they’re really just two kids in love.  Above all, it was a wedding, just like any other.

I was of course watching it on NBC (any excuse to hang with Matt and Meredith), and the whole thing was shamelessly sponsored by McDonalds.  So the commercial that always makes me cry played incessantly all morning long.  You know the one – the little kids looking for hope in their Happy Meals. “Hope’s good!”

On this morning, hope certainly is good.  We live in precarious times. Storms ravaged much of the American south this week, and the images are shocking.  It seems that every time we turn on the news, we’re bombarded by images of destruction, war, failing economies, or Donald Moron Trump making absurd statements that people actually seem to believe…

So it speaks volumes that so many people worldwide took such pride in a young couple getting hitched. Of course it’s Britain’s day.  But this is a boy who we’ve all watched grow into a clearly very intelligent and gracious man (with fabulous taste in women), and today’s wedding provided a welcome distraction from our often dreary news. There will always be cynics and naysayers raining on the parade, but here on Dewey Street I choose hope.

Congrats to the Brits for giving us a reason to come together for a few hours and celebrate one of the purest joys in life – a good marriage. To Will and Kate I wish only what I myself have been so lucky to find.  A true partner, and hope for the future.

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Shrimp Salad Puffs (makes 24 puffs)

1 recipe for pate a choux shells

1 lb steamed shrimp, chopped into small pieces

½ cup mayonnaise

3 stalks celery, chopped fine

¼ sweet onion, minced

2 tsp Old Bay seasoning

Make puff shells according to instructions.  In the meantime, combine the other ingredients.  Split puff shells and fill with a spoonful of shrimp salad.

BLT Tomato Bites (makes 20 bites)

10 grape tomatoes, halved and hollowed out with a melon baller

4 oz cream cheese, softened

2 tbsp mayonnaise

1 scallion, minced

5 strips cooked bacon

20 sprigs arugula

Chop 2 strips of bacon very fine and cut other 3 strips into small pieces. Combine with cream cheese, mayo, scallions, and black pepper.  Fill halved tomatoes with cream cheese mixture, top with piece of bacon and a small sprig of arugula. Enjoy!

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