Some people like to paint pictures, or do gardening,
or build a boat in the basement. Other people get a
tremendous pleasure out of the kitchen, because
cooking is just as creative and imaginative an
activity as drawing, or wood carving, or music.
Dining with one’s friends and beloved family
is certainly one of life’s primal and most
innocent delights, one that is both
soul-satisfying and eternal.
I got the inspiration for this post while looking for a quote for another post I’m working on, and stumbled on a site of Julia Child quotes. And talking of inspiration, she is truly one! This was a woman who lived with gusto and had great fun cooking and eating, and sharing her love of food with the world – a role model for all of us women who strive to grow old gracefully and live life large. Along with her wonderful words I am able to use some of the photos I’ve been taking – practicing food photography.
The salad is what I call my Big Summer Salad – buy whatever looks good in the market or pick what’s ready in your garden, add some cheese and toss it all with a simple vinaigrette. My salad consisted of:
Herb Salad Mix
small heritage tomatoes, halved, thinly sliced
carrots, shaved into ribbons
small red potatoes, steamed, quartered or sliced
green beans, steamed
kohlrabi, thinly sliced
barrel aged feta
The side dish with the chicken is a Golden Beet Salad with Wheat Berries
and Pumpkinseed Vinaigrette from the June issue of Cooking Light and can be found on the magazine’s website. I followed the recipe pretty closely, only making a few changes. It is yummy!
I marinated the chicken breasts, lightly pounded and sprinkled with kosher salt, in lemon olive oil, a few spritzes of fresh lemon juice, lots of chopped fresh oregano, and pepper. Ed grilled them to perfection. A delicious, healthy summer meal, enjoyed with a glass of wine on the deck.
The secret of a happy marriage is finding
the right person. You know they’re right
if you love to be with them all the time.
I found the right person!