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Wednesday, July 6, 2016

A Hodgepodge Dinner Party

Good morning, dear friends.  I hope that your week is going smoothly.  If it's Wednesday, it's time for Hodgepodge.

1.  How did you welcome the month of July, and tell us one fun thing you did to celebrate the 4th. 

We had our friends Annie and Bob over for dinner.  The weather all weekend was nothing less than spectacular.

Attention: Security!
Uninvited guest on patio!
She looks hungry, too!
Meanwhile... Chow went to camp for the evening.

The Mister whipping up his magic.

For starters, we feasted on blackened tuna and strawberry tabouli.

And edamame hummus and pistachio and sumac.

Pesto and lemon chicken with arugula and fennel apple slaw.

Tomato bocconcini and olive leaves with a soy vinaigrette.

Zucchini ribbons with pink peppercorn, mint, parsley, and pinenuts.

And last but not least, grilled asparagus with peas, grilled corn, and cottage bacon.

A fabulous way to kick off the month of July.

2. Right now... what's your favorite red thing? White thing?  Blue thing?

If you don't mind, I'm doing a play on words here, and changing the word red to read.  I told you I was clever.

Anywho, I am knee deep in this delicious novel by Ramona Ausubel.  I haven't finished it yet, but so far so good. 

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Pretty Pink Tulips

I have spent many hours over the long weekend looking for white bedding.

And it makes me happy to see my blue hydrangeas in my garden.

3. Wave the white flag, raise a red flag, fly your freak flag ... which 'flag' have you flown most recently?  Explain.

How about find the flag?

A certain someone who chooses to remain nameless likes to take the flags out of the planters and hide them.

Rumor has it... an accomplice is involved who has a thing for frisbees and balls.

She'll never find it here!

4. According to Conde Nast Traveler these are the seven best places to visit in July-

a boat safari in Botswanna's Okavango Delta, Riviera Maya Mexico (it's whale shark season and apparently you can swim with them), Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons, Pamploma Spain, St. Petersburg Russia, the Fuji Rock Festival at Mount Naeba Japan, the Salzburg Festival in Salzburg, Austria.

If time and money weren't factors would you want to see any or all of these?  Which would you most like to see and why?

I'd like to see the whale sharks in Mexico.  I'll take a pass on the swimming, though.  This one looks hungry.

5.  Grilled cheese, pimento cheese, or mac and cheese - your favorite from the cheesy treats listed? 

My favorite sandwich in the whole world is grilled cheese, bacon, and tomato. 

I still dream about the one I scarfed down with my BFF, Anne, at  South 5 Main in Cohasset.

6.  What makes you sweat?

Going to the doctor and getting weighed in.  
Why can't I find a doctor with an accurate scale?

I'm scheduled to go next week.

7.  Your favorite movie with a patriotic theme of some sort?

Great movie and it has nothing to do with Richard Gere's good looks.  Okay, it may have a little to do with that.

8.  Insert your own random thought here. 

One of my sweet readers, Susan, recommended Thrillest website to me.  

It describes itself as:

Thrillist is a leading men's digital lifestyle brand, providing all that's new, unknown or under-appreciated in food, drink, entertainment, nightlife, gadgets, and gear ...

I ended up soaking in this site for two hours.  I even signed up to receive daily emails, which I never do.  If you are moving or visiting a new city, I highly recommend this informative, entertaining site.

What are you reading these days ?

Until next time...

Chili:  Mom please tell me that I'm adopted and I am not genetically linked to Chowdah!

Chowdah:  Mom, I told her that we are identical twins!

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  1. I need to come to a dinner party at your house : ) My doctor's scale is always broken too.

  2. I had a doctor appointment yesterday and I knew his scales were off! The food and the table setting so stunning!

  3. All that amazing food for four people? You should have invited your Hodgepodge pals!! We wouldn't have left a scrap. Looks fabulous! PS Tell Chow that that pose isn't the most becoming. xo

  4. Your tablescape is lovely, I have the same throw pillows on the rattan chairs on our screen porch. I love your photos of the pups, they are very cute. Thanks for sharing a little bit of you life with us.
    Lori in Blue Ridge, GA

  5. I've never found a doctor with an accurate scale. Your pups are adorable!

  6. I love reading your hubby's menus. He puts such wonderful ingredients together and I bet they taste heavenly!

  7. Love the tablescape and your husband's cooking looks incredible. I'm with you on dreading the doctor visit. My favorite dr. visit is probably the dermatologist because they don't weigh you there. Also, in the UK, your weight was rarely taken at any doctor visit. Have a wonderful Wednesday.

  8. Well, Sis. Gotta say. After viewing your repast, I'm certainly looking forward to my bowl of ... wait for it ... porridge and blueberries this morning.

  9. that sandwich looks super tasty , wow I think a bit to much for me but my hubby would love it
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  10. One question can I borrow the mister? Perhaps you can offer him at a seasonal discount? Wow...his creations have my mouth watering, you are one lucky trophy wife!!

    A fun read as always....love you alfresco table. The same book is in my beach bag but trying to finish up another first! Looks and sounds great though cannot wait to start it. Hope you had a great July 4th, wishing you a wonderful day:)

  11. Your pictures are always such an inspiration to me. That food looks amazing! Grilled cheese is one of my favorites, too! I am not a huge pimento cheese fan, but someone told me to make a grilled cheese with it, and wow! It is knock your socks off amazing. It's like eating queso on toast. Give it a try, if you haven't. Yum!

  12. Whoa, that was some meal! What a way to begin the month :)

  13. Would LOVE you to start posting the Mister's recipes!

  14. That grilled cheese looks amazing! I usually refuse to get on the scale at the doctor's office. They probably write me up as being difficult, like on Seinfeld.

    1. I'm going to try that next week, Susie. Wish me luck!

  15. You had me at grilled cheese! It is my favorite meal ever and I eat it all the time!

    Love the Mister's recipes! You are lucky to have him! My husband is a great cook as well and I am in charge of anything with sugar.

    Love your mischievous pups!

  16. These always make me chuckle - how does the Mister cook his zucchini ribbons (steam? salute? grill?) I think I could live on zucchini!! Very pretty entryway to your home, and I also loved seeing your deck, with such a pretty table setting!

  17. My in house chef doesn't do such elaborate meals. I may need to send him to Boston for a refresher. '-)
    Seriously, that dinner looks amazing! Beautiful home! I bet you dine on your deck all summer. Perfect!
    I spent a fun day with my sister visiting antique stores in a small town near Austin. I kept thinking about red, white, and blue vignettes. ;-) US flag for us - always flying at our front porch. Love the Grand Tetons and would love to return anytime. Better run now......I need to go make a grilled cheese and bacon sandwich. '-)

  18. Amazing table and menu...those darn dogs and their mischief, keeps you on your toes. Love the white bedding. Just made it back to Maryland today...need to finish writing my post. Have a great week.

  19. I want to be invited to your next dinner party. My goodness, the table, the food, all of it is just so appealing to the eye. Enjoyable HP!

  20. I do love your take on Hodgepodge! I also LOVE those white serving platters with handles. Where did you find those fabulous pieces?? Have a great weekend!

  21. I thought we put on a pretty good entertainment table but now I feel like a real slacker! Less so in reading. Just finished Neverwhere (Neil Gaiman -- not quite my thing but if one was into fantasy genre, not bad), the next Bryant and May mystery as I work through the series and now into a book set in Britain and France during WWI -- reminiscent of but nothing like Downton Abbey!

  22. I have been reading your posts for quite some time and the food you prepare is outstanding! Would you please be willing to share some recipes?

  23. everything looks wonderful, any chance mister can post some recipes, omg they look fab

  24. شركة رش دفان بالرياض متخصصون في شركة الدفان بالرياض وجدة والدمام ولدينا أكثر الفنيين المتخصصين في رش الدفان ومكافحة حشرات شركتنا لديها افضل المبيدات المتخصصة في القضاء علي جميع انواع الحشرات المنزلية كما يتوفر لدينا المبيدات المتخصصة في رش الدفان نقوم بعمل رش لدفان قبل الصبة والبلاط شركتنا شركة رش دفان بالرياض هي أفضل الشركات المتخصصة في القضاء علي الحشرات المتواجدة بالدفان للحفاظ علي المباني بعد عملية الصبة أو البلاط شركة رش دفان بالرياض هي افضل الشركات المتخصصة في ذلك رش فان بالرياض لديها جميع أحتياجاتكة اتصلو بنا وسوف نصلكم في اي وقت شركة رش دفان هذا الأعلان مقدم من شركة رش دفان
    شركة رش مبيدات متخصصة في مكافحة الحشرات والأفات المنزلية باشكالها المختلفة وبانواعها المختلفة شركة رش مبيدات بالرياض لديها العديد من الخطط للقضاء التام علي كافة انواع الحشرات المنزلية والتخلص منها نهائيا يمكننا ان نقوم بالقضاء التام علي كافة انواع الحشرات المنزلية المتعددة والتي يمكن ان تدملر اي منزل وتسبب مشاكل كبيرة بة افضل التدابير يمكنها ان نقوم بها لمكافحة الحشرات والحد من وجودها شركة مكافحة حشرات بالرياض هي شركة سعودية لديها دائما الحل يمكنكم الاتصال بنا وسوف نصلكم في اي وقت شركة مكافحة حشرات شركة مكافحة حشرات بالرياض نحن شركة التقوي لمكافحة الحشرات بالرياض لدينا افضل أنواع المبيدات الحشرية المصنعة خصيصا للقضاء علي جميع أنواع الحشرات المنزلية نحن شركة التقوي لمكافحة الحشرات بالرياض نستخدم مبيدات أصلية وصديقة للبيئة وليس لها اي أضرار علي صحة الأنسان شركة مكافحة الصراصير بالرياض شركة رش مبيدات شركة مكافحة النمل شركة مكافحة البق شركة مكافحة النمل الاسود شركة مكافحة حشرات بالرياض نحن شركة التقوي لمكافحة الحشرات بالرياض لدينا افضل أنواع المبيدات الحشرية المصنعة خصيصا للقضاء علي جميع أنواع الحشرات المنزلية نحن شركة التقوي لمكافحة الحشرات بالرياض نستخدم مبيدات أصلية وصديقة للبيئة وليس لها اي أضرار علي صحة الأنسان

  25. لها اي أضرار علي صحة الأنسان شركة مكافحة البق  هي افضل شركة من ناحية اتباع ارشادات السلامة والحرص علي الصحة العامة المقدمة من وزارة الصحة السعودية المبيدات المستخدمة جميعها أصلية وليس بها اي اضرار نهائيا كما يتواجد لدينا القضاء علي الصراصير الصغيرة المتواجدة بالحمامات ولدينا مكافحة النمل والبرص والوزغ ولدينا الأعشاب المتخصصة في القضاء علي الثعابين والعقارب شركة مكافحة الحشرات بالرياض لديها كل الخبرات التي تؤهلها لتكون افضل شركة رش مبيدات بالرياض بالمملكة العربية السعودية شركة مكافحة الفئران لديها أكثر من فرع بالمملكة العربية السعودية لدينا فروع في جدة لمكافحة الحشرات والدمام والخرج ولدينا مكافحة الحشرات بالقصيم والزلفي وحوطة سدير شركة مكافحة الحشرات بالرياض هي الأفضل بين شركات مكافحة الحشرات اتصلو بنا وسوف نصلكم اينما كنتم شركة مكافحة الحشرات ورش المبيدات بالرياض هي الافضل دائما شركة مكافحة حشرات بالرياض شركة مكافحة حشرات بالرياض شركة مكافحة النمل الاسود شركة مكافحة صراصير بالرياض مكافحة النمل الابيض شركة مكافحة حشرات بالدمام شركة مكافحة حشرات بجدة


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