We had a lovely dinner last night with two other families. All of the food was wonderful (especially since someone saved my vinaigrette), the company was delightful and I will share some of the recipes here.  The hosts had the new issue of Bon Appetit and the food was gorgeous. They also had some super absorbent dish rack toweling that I am coveting. Maybe some kind reader will write in where to find them.

Here is a bean and tomato salad recipe that is wonderful and takes about 3 minutes to make. Okay, I subbed out the dill for basil because we didn’t have any dill – it is great both ways. I also did not have red onion so used shallot. Also very nice.

bean and tomato salad


  • 2 15-ounce cans cannellini (white kidney beans), rinsed, drained
  • 2 1/2 cups halved grape tomatoes (about 12 ounces) or cherry tomatoes
  • 2/3 cup diced red onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh dill
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 2 garlic cloves, pressed

There was grilled salmon with a pesto sauce that was incredible and grilled chicken and a corn salad that was fresh and lovely. I can’t find those recipes but when I do I’ll put them up. Also an amazing fruit cobbler and the (in)famous Neiman Marcus cookies – a yummy urban myth.

Here is the Bon Appetit Summer Salad Slideshow – all gorgeous.

We will have the quintessential burgers and hot dogs on the grill tonight. A family tradition that I love – even if we expand the tradition to include tuna burgers (Whole Foods, on special for $6.99/lb – worth trying – they were a staple last summer). Added to post: Do not try the tuna burgers at Whole Foods. They were so pepper-y (as in cayenne pepper) that they were inedible. We have been getting these for years and they have been lovely. I am going to return them today. Even my spouse who likes spicy foods did not like them.

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