Here we are, Little League baseball season once again, the third time since I started this blog – time flies, eh?! I have to say, it feels good to be back in the fresh air and warm sun, eating a little dust, catching up with the Baseball Moms (outside of McCoys, ha), and watching my nephew Cooper Cuteness running all over the place, thinking he’s ready to play some ball. “I want to go in there!” says Cooper, age just-2, pointing over the fence at the Big Boys, the cool ones, the ones hitting and throwing the ball as hard as they possibly can… Eeek!
We had a game yesterday too, an appetizer of sorts before the dinner I made for Dad, Susanna, Stacey, Cooper, John, and Nathan. We all ended up here by four or so, in time for Jake (my parents’ dog) to take the inaugural ’08 swim in the pool (splash!), while I pulled together some (real) appetizers and Cooper and Nathan ran around chasing Jake. We vegged out – literally – with sauteed artichokes and roasted asparagus, followed by a first course of thin fresh pasta with favas and morels (hey, what can I say, ’tis the season) and a dab of creme fraiche. Oh, don’t worry, we beefed up plenty – a whole beef tenderloin roast, rubbed with minced garlic, herbs, olive oil, and coarse salt, grilled crusty and served over slices of grilled bread with sauteed cherry tomatoes, spring onions, and Brussels sprouts. With zabligione for dessert, oy we were stuffed, daring to ring in spring with a truly spring-y meal.
Today, due to a lovely, sunny visit with my friend Kathie, I actually achieved sun rash, itchy and bumpy and…completely welcome. Hey, I’ll take any sun at this point, especially on Kathie’s pretty patio, especially in comparison to gray clouds and snow. Rash on!
Moderate it: roasted vegetables make delicious – and not overly heavy – appetizers. The goal is to set out a nibble, not fill everyone up before dinner.