Fabulous late-summer dinner at Ana Scofield and Rudy Maxa’s lovely home last night. Cold, spicy shrimps. Smokin’ hot jalapenos, halved, filled with creamy goat cheese, and run under the broiler until browned and bubbly. Fish tacos filled with crispy cod, sliced avocado, roasted corn, and cilantro. Ana’s mom’s Columbian black beans. Rudy’s jewel-toned tomato salad with lemon basil. And creamy, caramelly flan for dessert. All washed down with a killer tequila cocktail, El Diablo, yum. And of course lots of great wine. Ohhhh, what a meal. I told Rudy and Ana that I woke up this morning laughing about how the combination of tequila plus Rudy’s jaw-dropping tales from his tenure at the Washington Post made for some pretty wild dreams, very funny. (Recipes posted in comments, below.)
In typical form, I was so busy talking (and eating!) while Ana and Rudy pulled dinner together that I forgot to take their picture. Damn! I love being in other people’s kitchens while they cook. It’s such an honor to be invited into someone’s home and to witness the preparation of food they have chosen to share, I enjoy that as much if not more than the actual meal. (Well…I do enjoy the meals an awful lot, perhaps it’s a toss-up, ha.)
In fact, on this last day of summer, that makes me think of all the beautiful meals I’ve been lucky to witness and devour this summer. Thanks to everyone who has shared their food with me – Ana and Rudy, of course, and also Suz, Kim, Tom, Valerie, Esther, John, Dot, Bartley, Maud, Catherine, Natalie, and Nathan. It’s been a glorious, fun- and food-filled summer…
John and I did one of our very favorite things today – took a slow, pretty drive, this time a short day-trip down to Northfield. Tunes (like the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Road Trippin’), views, gossip, dorkin’ out, we cover it all. We scoped out the campuses of St. Olaf and Carleton, stopped downtown for some coffee. Made our way back here for a casual dinner of various leftovers, with a nice piece of cheese and a glass of wine for dessert. On the deck, more tunes, taking in this gorgeous, soft evening. Good night.