I invited Mike over for dinner on Saturday and to watch DVDs. The DVDs are taken care of - The Squid and the Whale, Auntie Mame, and Mrs. Henderson Presents. Dinner, however, will be a bit more of a challenge.
I feel like I've already blown my wad (so to speak). I've cooked several things that I *know* I can cook well or I cooked in advance and knew weren't awful. A lot of the foods that I can make are more cold weather meals - hearty soups, chilies, curries ... so, what to make for a nice Summery dinner? I've made pasta salad out the yin-yang. I've made gazpacho. I've made melon soup. I don't want to reprise the (admittedly wonderful) stuffed heirloom tomato.
After much thought, I decided on the meal's focus - summer squash. I searched Epicurious and found this: Smothered Yellow Squash with Basil. YUM. I thought maybe I could make a simple tomato and cucumber salad to accompany it, along with orzo tossed with pine nuts and feta. YUM. My mouth watered just thinking about it.
Until I remembered that Mike doesn't like feta [what is wrong with him?]. So, I went back to Epicurious. I will probably try this: Herbed Orzo with Toasted Pine Nuts (with some modifications).
I'll pick up the ingredients at the Silver Spring Farmer's Market on Saturday. YAY. And, I'll need to find a nice wine, too. Probably something white. And not too sweet.
Totally Gross Note: As I was proofreading this entry, I sneezed twice. The first time, I had a tissue. The second came on quite suddenly and I was caught unprepared - with phone ringing, eating, typing ... let's just say the front of my shirt may never be the same. I thought you should know.