Lovely Mother's Day dinner

Y'all, this chicken was unreal. Do you remember my goings-on about the caper-oregano chicken my sister cooked for dinner one of our last nights in Florence? I made it tonight, and it was as good as I recalled. AAH! I will post this simple, beyond fabulous recipe for you tonight. I bought the chicken at the FM this morning, used oregano from our yard and some good-quality salt-packed capers. Beyond that you need only olive oil, garlic and a splash of white wine. For our side dishes I a) roasted a bunch of the asparagus I bought this morning at the FM and served it drizzled with a tarragon-lemon aioli and b) made a roasted golden beet and heirloom tomato salad with Bûcheron and a ramp-red wine vinegar dressing. Mmm! Really good. I am about to have a big date with the couch and today's paper and couldn't be more thrilled. I also got a haircut today, went nuts and got a long'ish bob. I'm terribly excited because it is NOT the same cut I've had since I was 9; big-time growth over here, friends. Heh.

Tomorrow I'm going to make something yummy with the fresh lavender I bought today. Jam? Shortbread? In the meantime, Stephen Colbert's interview with Maurice Sendak really was marvelous; if you didn't see it, go back and watch!

Oh, and here's the pie from today...