Jon, Everett, Amy, Joe and Tim chow down on the long holiday weekend. (07/03/05)
But we did have Jon, Amy and Everett over on the 3rd for a pool party and barbecue. Since I had just purchased a new barbecue recipe book, I took it upon myself to be the chef. That’s why I was up past midnight on Saturday night preparing my marinades, sauces and rubs (no way was I going to use any of the pre-fab stuff).
The goal was to grill everything, including dessert! But since I couldn’t possibly fit all that stuff on the grill at the same time, I broke it up into three courses.
The first course the vegetable course included:
- Grilled Asparagus
- Corn on the Cob with Hand-Prepared Basil-Parmesan Butter
- Grilled Artichokes with Oregano and Salt
- Grill Roasted New Potatoes with Home-Grown Rosemary
Course #1: A variety of grilled vegetables ... and every bit of it was yummy. (07/03/05)
The second course the meat course included:
- Flank Steak with Crushed Garlic and Tennessee Barbecue Sauce
- Lightly Cured Pork Loin with Orange-Mustard Glaze
The third course the dessert course included:
- Pineapple Skewers with Brown Butter and Orange Juice Glaze
- Grilled Peaches with Blackberry Sauce
The grilled pineapple skewers with brown butter and orange juice glaze were fantastic. (07/03/05)
Needless to say, since I was the chef, everything was fabulous. The good thing was since I did most of the preparation the day before, I was able to spend most of the afternoon in the pool with our friends, rather than being stuck in the kitchen.
I also taught Amy how to make true Mexican guacamole. She brought all the ingredients and I gave her a lesson on the preparation. The only thing that wasn’t autentica was that I didn’t have an actual molcajete to mash the avocados with, so I had to resort to using my hands and a fork. But it tasted great, which is all that counts.
Starting the day out with fresh-made Mexican-style guacamole and a pitcher of Mojitos. (07/03/05)
While I was responsible for food, Tim and Joe were responsible for beverages. The drink of the day was the Mojito, a summery blend of light rum, sugar and mint leaves. We went through several pitchers throughout the day. Tim and Joe were also on cleanup duty, which was a real chore with all the hand-prepared marinades and sauces.
In the end, it was the perfect summer day.