We had a great time today!!
This morning, as promised, we went on an urban hike, which was really just a long walk in the neighborhoods near downtown Cville. It was pretty shady and even sprinkled rain on us – a very pleasant relief from the past few days!
Back at home, of course we were hungry again despite the big breakfast. Before heading back out we made veggie and bean salads –
Greens, GARDEN TOMATOES!!, cucumber, pepper and kidney beans in Garlic Gold Lemon Vinaigrette.
Mom and I spent some time reading MamaPea’s book – a true literary + foodie beauty! More on that tomorrow 🙂
After that, we went to the moooovies! We saw SUPER 8, which was fantastic. Like ET meets Independence Day. I especially loved the dialogue – not too corny and just the right touches of humor and realistic conversation.
When we emerged from the dark theater, we discovered rain!
We headed back home (I’ve done more driving through Cville this weekend than I have since I moved here!) to greet Karen for wine on the porch and a summer dinner
Glass ‘O wine for the cooks, the kids
While the parents lounged! I swear I almost paid my parents to cook for us, but Matt and I managed to get dinner together in 20 minutes – with a little help from the moms.
Tonight’s dinner was a summers sampling – caprese salad, corn on the cob, grilled eggplant, Cheddar Garlic Knots and wild Alaskan salmon!
Tonight’s salmon was from the Copper River Salmon Flavor Sampling Club! They have been more than generous providing our family with the true taste of Alaskan salmon. Tonight’s fish was Sockeye from the Prince William Sound – on the other side of the region as the last Sockeye shipment. This one felt a little bit tougher to me than the first Sockeye and the king, but our seared + oven-finished at 400* for 10 minutes method was still delicious.
She was a beauty!
We opened a third kind of wine at dinner: the Barboursville Viognier Reserve – a gift from KERF reader Jelena who was in Cville for the National Wine Bloggers Conference on behalf of the Zonin family and Barboursville!! Thanks so much Jelena, it was delicious!!!
For dessert I broke out two Great Harvest Blondies. Kanz nearly spoiled them by telling us how calorie dense they were (he calculated 32,000 calories per recipe!) – but I closed my eyes and enjoyed every bit of my quarter square bite.
Mom and Dad are here tonight and depart in the morning for a 2-day hike in Shenandoah National Park. It’s back to the grind here for us bakery owners!