Monday, June 22, 2009

Father's Day Dinner

Yesterday was Father's Day. To celebrate, we invited SP's father and SP's siblings over for a BBQ. We wanted an easy, quick meal so we decided to grill burgers, hot dogs, and kielbasa. This way, everyone could sit in the sunroom or outside and enjoy the gorgeous day - no monitoring the temperature of a turkey or trying to coordinate everything finishing cooking at the same time!
While SP spent the morning mowing the lawn, I sliced cucumbers, tomatoes, onions, pickles... washed lettuce... gathered the paper plates/cups and plastic cutlery... I had everything ready so that all we had to do was carry it out to the deck and actually grill the meats!!

I made a cucumber-tomato-onion salad - basically, those 3 items in a mixture of apple cider vinegar, water, sugar, and pepper. My grandmother always made this for our family picnics - I really enjoy making dishes like this one, ones that make me nostalgic and fondly remember being in grandma's kitchen helping her slice sandwich buns or taste the potato salad to make sure it's OK (and of course it always was!). CSA brother grilled the meats and buns and some onions. He also brought a delicious fruit salad with raspberries, blueberries, papaya, honeydew, Asian pear, and other fruit delights that I can't remember right now. His 'sauce' was actually like a syrup and was a mixture of xanthan gum (I think that's what he said) and his 'wondrous' extracts (wondrous being his description!!). It was delicious.
After dinner, we ate the Cherry Jam Crostata and Moist Chocolate Cake for dessert -- they looked better after we sprinkled on the powdered sugar! I am happy to report that, despite the crust difficulties, the crostata was delicious. SP thought the filling was a bit too sweet since it was a jar of cherry preserves and not a can of cherry pie filling, but I really liked it - I could even taste the almond extract and lemon zest in the filling. Everyone thought the crust was good. The moist chocolate cake was indeed moist and chocolaty! Yum!

A delicious Dad's Day!

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