at the market and this week's menu

By Monday, June 28, 2010 , ,

Magic. Some experiences are just that. First kisses, bonfires on the beach, your wedding day, a sudden shower that ends in a rainbow, dinner in a piazza in Italy. Any place or event can be magical if you are with the right people, at the right time, at the right location. Magic.

At our picnic under the stars on Saturday, this was a big topic of conversation that began with a recount of a recent magical dining experience. By the end of the conversation, a few of us were left discussing whether those evenings can ever be repeated. By the time dinner was served, I think we all agreed it is pretty hard to replicate magical evenings, of which our picnic can be described.

My friend Katie, with her magical ability to take any setting and make it special, put on quite the party at the beach. Everyone supplied a dish or drink and Mother Nature provided a perfect summer evening. A roaring fire and dishes of affogato put the finishing touches on a pretty special evening. Magical, indeed.

Picnic under the stars menu:
To start: an assortment of cheeses, tapenades and crackers
To follow: arugula and spinach salad with goat cheese and cherry tomatoes; garlicy sauteed broccolini; Greek-style bean salad with heirloom dried beans, cherry tomatoes, red onion and feta with mint and parsley; grilled flank steak with chimichurri.
To end: affogato with raspberries and chocolate truffles

Earlier that day, here's what I found at the market:
green beans
golden beets
smoked trout
squash blossoms
white onions
whole milk

Menu: week of 27 june 2010
Sunday: ricotta-stuffed squash blossoms: click here for the recipes
Monday: sauteed chorizo and beet-green tacos with avocado
Tuesday: smoked trout salad with peppery creme fraiche fingerling potatoes and green beans
Wednesday: roasted golden beet sandwich with local goat cheese
Thursday: green bean and cashew stir fry with jasmine rice
Friday: take out
Happy eating, -s.

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