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.

 

                                                                                                                                                                                       Menu:

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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