Sunday, March 9, 2008

The Final Countdown Begins... and I'm Running Behind

So, today begins the *Final Countdown* for our California trip to see the Daughter Unit. Sunday: 4 days. However, that doesn't mean we can't go to a friend's for dinner!

Our best friends now split their time between their house here and their Galveston beach house. Frankly, I can't blame them. Both houses are warm, inviting, comfortable, and perfect for entertaining. It's just that I prefer them to be HERE. Ummmm.... that is, unless we're invited to the beach house, lol. I'm not crazy. I swear!

At any rate, they are here for the week, give or take a few days. So, tonight they invited us to dinner (along with another couple we're all close with). As always, our host *D* had planned a new menu of delectable edibles for us all. We started out with a damn fiery hot salsa (which we all love) and their signature Queso, all served with chips. Cocktails flowed, of course! Then, he proceeded to tempt our palates with the most delicious pulled pork soft corn tortillas, served with avocado, onion, cheese, shredded cabbage, and the most incredible sauce made from the veggies & peppers (whizzed in a blender) that were cooked with the pork. I promise you, it was truly a gourmet delight. The corn tortillas were so fresh that they made your mouth water in anticipation.

Also, he served the most scrumptious black bean/hominy salad that had an entire array of ingredients that each complimented one another, while also being the perfect accompaniment to the soft tacos. White and red wines were served and it was all consumed in the end.

Then, to our total delight, *D*'s wife *B* surprised us with little chocolate tulips filled with whipped cream, strawberries, & raspberries. I would have taken a picture, but it was all basically inhaled before any of us came to our senses. No, she didn't make them, but she had the genius foresight to buy them at HEB (which if you don't live in this part of the country, you don't realize what you're missing). HEB has desserts I could never even dream of imitating.... they are the best!
So, tonight I might be in even more of a panic because we spent time with friends, but believe me, it was certainly worth every minute & morsel. I'll deal with the panic of running behind tomorrow...


brneyedgal967 said...

My salivary glands just squirted. Seriously. Pulled pork tacos. You suck. Really. LOL

Snooty Primadona said...

LOL... it was truly wonderful. We're all always trying to *one-up* each other with new dishes and he really pulled it off. Now I'm going to have to actually look at all those Food & Wine mags I take, to come up with something better next time it's my turn. Aaaargh! It's going to be really tough.

I'm the only wife of our group of friends who cooks. Lucky Me. But, the HU does a right nice backup act for me.

Janie said...

Wow. Yummmm... That sounds lovely.

Have fun packing, girlfriend!

elizasmom said...

I moonlight as the copy editor for a small hospitality/food/wine industry magazine and what you've described there could stand up to anything the professionals cook up. Yum!

()Oh, and I hear you on HEB. My mom LOVES hers and I confess I am always pretty impressed when I go with her while I'm a-visiting.

Now get packing!

Snooty Primadona said...

Yes, HEB is wonderful... but I really wish we could get a Central Market. Every time we go to Austin or Dallas, I take a large cooler so I can stock up on all the wonderous foods they have. Then, they always have dry ice @ the checkout. What a deal.


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