Saturday, June 26, 2010

It's all Greek to Me!

Though I cook for my husband and two kids on a daily basis, events involving extended members are usually reserved for the big calendar dates.  I don’t recommend this structure as it puts enough pressure on the cook/host to remain on edge throughout the visit, and, often times breeds resentment for all those who sit.  I’ve heard.  As we celebrate the smaller summer events, the family decided to bring in its extended members for the closest thing to a wedding at the age of eleven. (well, closest thing that is legal and doesn’t lead to an Oprah episode.) Our oldest child is leaving for summer camp! While full of excitement and anticipation the overwhelming nerves seem better diffused among grandparents, cousins, and siblings. So, this weekend as we label clothing and pack pre-addressed stationary, our family will bring wine and well wishes for a big fat Greek BBQ.  Our menu: 
Tzatziki with Warm Pita Bread
Ultimate Greek Salad
Grilled Eggplant with Feta and Chili
Grilled Lamb Chops with Mint
Summer Berry Crostata
This Ultimate Greek Salad is not to be confused with the traditional Greek Salad I served in Party #27.  Besides having a better name, this salad also has a different dressing and is composed mainly of large chunks of cucumber, and tomatoes rather than Romaine lettuce.  How Greek is a summer crostata?  Summer berries at $.97 a pound cross all cultures. 

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