Monday, July 18, 2011
Easy Summer Entertaining
Saturday night Rachel and Jules came over and since they both stayed out past their bed time, I'm guessing they had a good time. I know I did. I always assume my friends enjoy food as much as I do, so once we'd established a date and time for our get together, the topic of conversation quickly turned to food. They each brought something to share and between it all, you'd thought we were feeding an army. We kept the dishes simple and light with a balance of both sweet and savory, focusing on fresh in season fruits and veggies, details below...
Cheese Platter: Herbed goat cheese, Double Cream Brie & Manchego with honey roasted figs & prosciutto. I tried a new cracker from Trader Joes; Rosemary Raisin Crisps and they were delicious.
Spicy Watermelon Salad: Inspired by an appetizer we ate during our PTA Moms Gone Wild night, I've been recreating this salad by mixing cubed watermelon, heirloom tomatoes and baby seedless cucumbers together with the juice of 1 lime and a few dashes of sea salt and cayenne pepper. A refreshing salad for warm summer nights.
Jules brought me those beautiful avocados that included a hand selected quote for me. Jules loves a pretty package and she has inspired me to amp up my next hostess gift, something I'm really not very good at. She also added this salad from Better Homes & Garden which was delicious and Rachel brought a Parmesan beer bread that was the perfect balance of sweet and savory. For dessert, again I kept it light and simple by putting out dark chocolate, craisins & almonds and these Hail Merry raw Macaroons, which are incredible. I am just about running out of adjectives to describe the food so I will end it here. I hope your weekend was filled with both a mix of sweet and savory.