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Food Hangover

We began with Babbo breadsticks and cheese spread with our triple berry cosmos before dinner. Then we ate Brad's BBQ ribs! LOTS of ribs!


Warm gorgonzola potatoes with portabello mushrooms:

Fennel-orange-spinach salad:

We are RARELY home on the 4th of July, but when we are, this dish is a must! It is my favorite jello salad from childhood, called "Raspberry Velvet", made into a flag:

After much wine, a front row seat and patriotic songs on the front lawn of Palm Desert's fireworks, we were home for an evening swim and desserts.

Berries with marscapone creme, and puff pastry stars:

AND....the FINALE... Creme filled cupcakes with sparklers!

Everyone is still asleep. They are still in a food coma. I weighed myself, and didn't gain an ounce. I think the cook gets more exercise than everyone else. I ate very little all day. I had two glasses of wine, and lots of diet Pepsi. I had berries and no appetizers. I love the fennel salad. I've had the potatoes many times. I do love my raspberry velvet though.

Right now, there is a beautiful monkey bread baking in my oven with cinnamon topping that smells heavenly.

Comments (4)


Looks simply fabulous, Palma. Happy 4th to you and Brad.

Sheena :

I gained weight just reading this! I need you to come and cook for us this month - actually you and my sister would get along well in the kitchen... if you weren't both sneaking off to shop. Now I think about it you have a lot in common.

Can you please post or send me your fennel/orange salad recipe? I thought I had seen it before but I don't have it and it doesn't come up when doing a search of your blog.

Enjoy the rest of the weekend.


You amaze me with your menus!

A real tour de force, Palma. Not boring enough to be American traditional! Here in Italy we work hard at being really American for the 4th, so our feast doesn't compare to yours.

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