This weekend, DT’s college roommates flew-in from around the country to spend the weekend with us attend the Oregon v Stanford game in Eugene tomorrow. Since you know we are not exactly Spring Chickens – these friendships go way back.

Like before the internet even.

In anticipation for a pre-Eugene dinner party at Taylor Manor this evening, I did a little cooking.

No one is going to ever find me with an empty cookie jar when an eight-year-old is coming for the weekend. I baked Snickerdoodles. I also baked a loaf of Challah. Save & Exit

We laid a pretty table in the dining room and used Duck-appropriate colors.

That would be yellow, of course.

Three of the five college roommates: Bruce, Red & Terry.

Three of the five lovely wives: Rosie, me & Marcia

Though the rest of us have kids either in or already finished with college (Terry & Rosie have two grandchildren!), Bruce has an eight year old – Sierra. She is a delight and quite helpful to me in the kitchen.

We didn’t need any help with the Short Rib Lasagna. I saw this recipe in Bon Appetitlast month and just had to give it a try. The Old College Try. Delicious. Everyone really loved the lasagna. I made the sauces yesterday and assembled the lasagna this morning. All I had to do was pop it in the oven and toss baby greens together with a vinaigrette. Dinner was served.

Dessert was an apple crostata (from the neighborhood apple orchard) served with Ginger Ice Cream.

Tomorrow, first thing, we pile into the Tahoe and the RV and head to Autzen Stadium. The Oregon v Stanfurd game is live at 5p pacific on ABC in most areas; ESPN-something in others.

Bruce and Sierra brought us this adorable Gnome! He is going to the game too.

Just for fun and to get y’all in the mood for the game tomorrow, Supwitchugirl has made a re-do of their “I Smell Roses” video for the 2010 football season. I present to you here tonight Return of the Quack. (For those you who are not huge Duck fans, the handsome guy at the door is ex-Duck and ex-NFL Quarterback Joey Harrington.) GO DUCKS!

Until my next update, I remain, your “the Quack is Back” correspondent.

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