August Dinner Party

Be it ever so humble………..It’s great to be back home!

As you probably noticed – I took August off, from the blog.  It wasn’t intentional.  I was out of town helping my mom recuperate from knee replacement surgery.  I had planned to publish a few posts, but between working part time, remotely, and acting as caregiver, I just ran out of time (and energy).  I did, however, get  a chance to go through my mom’s recipe collection (2 shoe boxes!) so I’ll be featuring some of her favorite recipes in future posts.

I got back into town the end of August and immediately set up a small dinner party to reconnect with some close friends. It was also nice to be back in my kitchen.  It was a hectic day, as I was trying to catch up on errands, so I didn’t have much time. This had to be an easy meal.



My appetizer for the evening was  really quick and easy. Just layer some softened cream cheese and some raspberry jalepeno sauce- that’s it!  I served it, and the crackers, in a long olive dish.  Even if a dish is simple, I like to present it well.

The salad was a knock-off of Cosi restaurant’s “Signature Salad”.  We don’t have Cosi in Atlanta, so for now, I’ll have to make it myself.  I mixed spinach and mixed greens, with sliced pears, grapes, dried cranberries, pistachios and goat cheese.  I also made a citrus vinaigrette – 1/4 cup olive oil, 3 Tblsp orange juice, 2 tsp lime juice, 1 tsp orange zest, 1 tsp balsamic vinegar, a pinch of sugar and cayenne pepper.

The main course was Roasted Salmon served with couscous and sauteed veggies.  This is a very easy recipe that I hope you’ll all try.  It literally takes minutes and the results are fabulous. Once the salmon was in the oven, I fixed the couscous and had a friend saute the veggies.  It all came together in about 15 minutes!

I put the Peach and Blueberry Crisp in the oven when we sat down to our meal.  I find that is usually perfect timing – we’re ready for dessert just as it’s done. I served it with store bought ice cream.

There you have it, a simple menu full of fabulous flavor.  One I’ll repeat for sure, even when I have loads of time.



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