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Dinner with Friends: a Tribute to “Homesick Texan”

I recently hosted some friends from Quality Seafood for a farewell dinner party. I made the food and they provided the adult beverages (Hi-C, milk, imbibe-ables of that nature). There were two inspirations for the menu: first, between our CSA farm box, my in-laws, and the garden at Flat Creek, I had a serious quantity of summer squash and jalapenos that needed to be dealt with. Second, I asked myself, what do we have a plethora of in Texas that we won’t have in Virginia? Ehem…Mexican food. And where better to look for authentic Mexican recipes than a Texan gringa living in New York? She may not be from south of the border, but her recipes have an authentic essence that is hard to replicate. I hope you enjoy oggling at the photos. Please forgive my amateur point-and-shoot camera.

A Fishmongress’ Farewell-to-Texas Party Menu

Chile Con Queso – Note: Make right before serving to avoid separating!

Sopa de Lima – Note: My friend Sandra recommends using lemon juice instead of lime to avoid bitterness. Garnish with lime slices if preferred.

Summer Squash Enchiladas

Watermelon Agua Frescas – Note: Add mint simple syrup to taste.

Key Lime “Itty Bitty” Bundt Cakes (from Whole Foods Market) and Black Forest Bundt Cake (brought by Skylar)

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When the going gets rough…cook something

Dawn & Concho Minick gave us a sweet wedding gift: Barefoot Contessa in Paris and a Williams-Sonoma gift card, which we used to purchase a badass frittata pan (not appearing in this blog post). Dawn earmarked the boeuf bourguignon recipe, saying that it was her and Concho’s favorite. So we filed it away for a stormy day, when all we’d need was a little homemade goodness to lift our spirits. Unlike yesterday, Sarah had a rough day at the office on Tuesday and decided to spend the next few hours “cooking out her emotions.” Maybe it was because she channeled the spirit of Ina Garten, or perhaps all that emotion added some extra zest to the dish, but it came out tasting fabulous. So thanks Dawn & Concho, Ina Garten, Sky, Christian, and Fancy for saving the day. We’ll leave you with these photos to oggle over.

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