My parents were in town for two days this week. It was fun cooking in my own home for them, and fun having Mom’s help and smarts along for the ride. I made my best-yet french baguettes for their arrival, along with a caesar salad and broiled chicken, marinated in lime, olive oil, salt & pepper, garlic, and thyme. So yummy.
They brought a bottle of white wine which we enjoyed with appetizers (chips & guacamole, apples & cheese) and dinner, which was an awesome new recipe I tried (and tweaked, of course): Orzo, tossed with thin strips of sauteed beef and chunks of sauteed zucchini, and matchsticks of colored raw bell peppers and diced raw tomatoes, and a handful of olives, all flavored with olive oil, a bit of red wine vinegar, salt, and lots of rosemary. Dessert was a pineapple-cherry dump cake I’d been wanting Mom to teach me how to do.
Mom came and helped me prepare a breakfast to take to dad at the hotel since he had a bad back: bacon, cantaloupe, and raspberry muffins. We sat and drank a pot of ginger tea while the muffins baked. It was so fun to be together on my turf for the first time!
Lunch yesterday was Kris Schellhammer’s fantastic tortilla soup–basically a chicken & bean chile served with warm soft tortillas for dipping, and sour cream, cheese, and lime juice. And of course a side salad and more dump cake for dessert.
And then they were gone as fast as they came and life returned to normal. I love that as crazy-fun as it was to have them here, I didn’t feel sad when they left, just content and ready to move on with life. Being happily married is good.