Monday, July 11, 2011

An Outdoorsy Day

I have been wanting to have a dinner outside for ages and ages.  Either my guests didn’t want to venture forth, or the weather was so uninviting that even I realized that it was not the best idea, or, as in the case with the last meal mentioned, Ana and I were so done in with our trek about town that it didn’t seem worth the effort.  So I was determined that this weekend we would have an al fresco meal rain or shine.  There has been a lot more rain than shine this year, and the weather today was rather iffy.  In the  morning it was beautiful, by noon it was looking a little ominous, but when dinnertime came, it was perfect. 

For years, Rebecca and I prepared a Fourth of July picnic in our yard, but for the last few, our work schedules interfered with our plans.  So while this wasn’t a Holiday Event, the menu included our traditional Fourth of July cuisine – Rebecca’s weenie bread and mock choux.  Also red, white, and blue potato salad, belatedly in honor of the day.  Our friends Martha and Joe joined us. Martha, a brilliant cook, brought tomato treats, strawberries, and the yummiest ever cookies – two types whose names I already don’t remember.  Italian though, and scrumptious.  

Red, white, and blue potato salad and mock choux

Martha took some great pictures, which were better than mine, especially of the food.  You can see them here.


Dan and Julie in San Diego said...

The tomato treats look yummy. How are they made?
Julie in San Diego

Laura said...

Looks lovely out there! Glad the weather cooperated for you beautiful outdoor feast.

joannamauselina said...

A slice of tomato, a little slice of gouda or similar cheese, topped with a basil leaf and stuck together with a toothpick. My friend Martha made them, and left the cheese off one for my vegan daughter.