Saturday, June 22, 2013


Heather was the first neighbor that I met when we moved to Chicago - she knocked on the door and asked to use water for her (public) garden next door! OK, I thought, this is the Midwest, people are friendly and - maybe - water doesn't cost so much here (at the time the house wasn't metered which I didn't know).

Nearly eight years later (and many, many good times together), they asked us back to the old hood for  dinner. I brought the first dish which will appear in the next post.

2. Cucumber Gazpacho

3. Red and Yellow Goat Cheese Salad with Pistachios

4. Veal Scallopini with Brown Butter, Capers, Yellow Squash and Polenta

5. Lavender Ice Cream

I shouldn't pick favorites - they were all fabulous - but that ice cream was out of this world! Then I think of the veal and that was sublime and I'm always a sucker for beets. Not to mention the gazpacho was the perfect soup for an early summer evening.

You may wonder about the plates: John's mother passed away this year so they drove to Los Angeles recently and claimed (my word) these dishes - plus several cool paintings.

Such a wonderful evening with wonderful friends - but I'm not having them here until they are neighbors.