We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Got the entire immediate family crew coming, plus some significant others. Kids up from NYC, etc. Feeding 11 1/2 in total. Being the man, I am the Griller, and in summer, I like to grill everything outdoors. Winter too.
Vegetables grilled first, of course, because they are good at room temperature. I sort-of hate vegetables, but soaked with olive oil, salt and pepper, basil, then grilled, I can eat 1 or 2. Salads I will not touch. I have really had enough salads and vegetables in my life already, and pretended to like those animal foods for long enough. Family loves them, though, especially grilled Italian-style on a wood fire.
- Grilled asparagus, potato, eggplant, pepper, and red onion and some Asiago and Ricotta Salata on the side - as antipasto. Costco was out of summer squash. - Medium rare Costco New York Strip steaks grilled (3 1/2 mins/side on flaming wood), with Mrs. BD's famous cold Tabouli salad (tabouli, cucumber, tomato, a ton of parsley) on the side. Not sure how many of the large Costco steaks I'll need to grill. 4 probably, 5 maybe, with leftovers? I slice them thin, on a sharp bias, for serving. I have a killer meat knife. - Italian wines (chilled because it is summer here), Lemonade with my mint, and Pacifico beer (with a bowl of limes)
- Two Birthday Cakes - we have 2 birthdays this week! I forgot to get the champagne.