Sunday we spent the day in or near the pool from brunch on. It was HOT! My friends were trying for a marathon tan, continually putting on 30 sunscreen, and timing 20 minutes on a side on a raft, or just in a t-shirt in the shady corner of the pool. I promised no swim shots of their lily white Bay Area bodies. I look like I am a new ethnicity! (I might suggest "Princess Big Gut of the Desert" this weekend...) We kept hydrated. Gallons of water and 46 soft drinks were consumed over the weekend. Friday, we had berry cosmos. Saturday, we drank wine and went out to dinner. Sunday was margarita night before dinner.
I thought I was making quite a simple dinner. Early in the day, Brad grilled me PERFECT corn, partly charred for my corn salad. Later he would sear scallops with lime olive oil, salt and pepper to go with the corn salad. I'd make some cheesy sage polenta (the only thing I had to COOK), and watermelon salad: a simple summer dinner. I already had lemon tiramisu chilling in the garage fridge.
At 5 we served margaritas and brie with fig jam, a little salami, and some blue castello cheese with crackers, as everyone wanted to eat around 8:30.
Spray pan with cooking spray.
Heat oven to 350.
6 c. water
1 1/2 t salt
1 ½ c. polenta
Bake uncovered for 40 min.
3/4 c. sour cream
1 c. parmesan cheese
2 c. grated gruyere
lots of chopped sage (20 leaves, fried in butter)
salt, pepper and nutmeg
Stir into cooked polenta.
Bake 25 minutes.
Combine watermelon, mozzarella, mint, and drizzle with a little olive oil, and a sprinkle of red chili flakes to make the flavors pop!
For some reason, the fans went wild. It must have been the combination of spicy, tangy, hot, cold, creamy, icy, etc. We had flavors of mint, sage, ancho chili, lime, jalapeno, garlic, etc. all going on at once. I thought it was all good, but they insisted it was the BEST dinner ever. I was amazed at that, as I can think back on other favorites of mine. Then Brad said, it WAS the best dinner ever! My vote is still out on that, but I'm glad everyone enjoyed the food!
Here is a taste of the triple lemon tiramisu!