Obviously I didn’t cross my fingers enough during the last post when I hoped my call to the Apple help desk fixed my computer. When I went online yesterday to write this post, it stopped working again. Therefore, I spent a few hours this morning at the Apple Genius Bar and now I’m crossing both my fingers and my toes. Signs are looking good, because my printer started to work again. But I ACCEPT (yes, that annoying word of the year) that the whole thing could fall apart during this post. Would you would be so kind to cross a few fingers on my behalf?
Anyway, back to yesterday’s unwritten post. We had a visitor earlier this week, one of Joe’s nephews from Florida whom we haven’t seen since he was a very young child. He spent just a few days with us, but we made the most of our opportunity to get to know him.
It turns out that he’s also vegetarian. How convenient! I decided to serve the simple Caprese sandwiches you see here for lunch on the first day accompanied by a simple green salad. When you can pick tomatoes and basil from your garden, it’s hard to even consider any other sandwich. I picked up a loaf of Tuscan bread that I toasted with a little olive oil in the oven, sliced up a log of fresh mozzarella, and sprinkled on a little salt and pepper. Too easy. So good.
That evening we had two salads for dinner. The first was a fruit salad that was a mix of seasonal berries, melons, some pineapple and grapes all mixed together. No sugar syrup is required when most of the fruit is in season. The other salad was a Mediterranean orzo salad with fresh spinach, kalamata olives, sun dried tomatoes, and feta cheese – this was a recipe from Cooking Light Magazine that I picked up several years back. You know who didn’t complain? Joe, who used to tell me he didn’t like salads for dinner. I guess he can no longer fight the trend.
Cake, cake, cake, cake, cake, cake, cake. It’s a good thing dinner was salad and kind of light, because we needed to save room for Louisa’s latest creation… cake, cake, cake, cake, cake. This chocolate/peanut butter masterpiece was made from the Smitten Kitchen recipe that Louisa had made once before, approximately five years ago. I can’t believe she made this when she was twelve. But I don’t lie on this blog, so I trust my report. And given that it was part of a meal we made for visiting friends, I’m sure I wouldn’t have chosen to make this multi-step masterpiece for dessert. Cake. This cake is the essence of the word. Yes, you wish you had a slice.
We weren’t sure what we would do the following day because the weather looked iffy. Happily, when we woke up, the forecast had cleared and instead of a city outing we headed to my happy place, the beach! I can’t believe it’s August and this is the first time we went there all summer. I’ll never make that mistake again. The salty air, the sand between my toes, the crashing waves and the screaming seagulls – happy happy joy joy!
Before the day was over, we had to pay a visit to one of the salt water taffy shops. So many flavors, so hard to choose. No matter what, you can’t go wrong.