Dinner with Friends
Trip Start Dec 01, 2010
51Trip End Mar 01, 2011
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One of the things Gail and I have in common is that we like to entertain and feed friends. As long as I do most if not all of the cooking, Gail is fine with doing the clean-up. We have lived by these lines of demarcation for most of the 31 plus years of our marriage. It works for us.
Tonight we are expecting some of our friends over for conversation and dinner. Gail informed me of their arrival about 4 days ago and I have mentally been planning my menu since. I love being the halfway point to Florida because we get to see and catch up with many friends and family on their travels south for the winter.
Gail and I decide that our meal would be simple and down home cooking. Nothing fancy or requiring in-depth recipes. Gail informs me she wants meatloaf. Great, meatloaf it is and off to Sam's Club we go to get our supplies. Walking around in Sam’s, Gail picks out the meat that will make the perfect meatloaf and a few other items that might be needed. I notice that indecisive look on her face and wonder what could be wrong so I take the bait. "What’s wrong" I asked. Well Gail informed me that she also had a taste for some roasted chicken and was not sure what to do. So in true Walling tradition I made the official decision, we shall have both.
The morning of our guests arrival is here and I run to the store for last minute items. Then it hits me. I want an anti-pasta platter. I have not created one in a very long time and I, even if no one else does, love a good anti-pasta. I burst into the store like someone on a mission. Eggplants, squash, onions, olives, mushrooms and oh yea, baby asparagus and Italian meats. I was starting to get hungry just thinking of everything that was planned for tonight’s feast.
In a few short hours the smell of meatloaf, roasting chickens and green beans slowly cooking with ham hocks fill the house. Gail is cleaning like a wild woman as she always does before company, and I am busy creating the anti-pasta. Grilling vegetables marinating mushrooms and slicing Italian meats and last but not least preparing a dip for the vegetables. Onto the sweet potato casserole. This is no easy task as I want to make this Diabetic friendly for myself and two others. There can not be any sugars or marshmallows in this dish but I think I have it figured out. Also in the oven is a huge dish of Gail’s world famous Mac n cheese. Yes, I am a happy man!
The quests of honor arrive around 5pm and the pouring of wine begins. As everyone is enjoying my tray of grilled delights, updates on our home in Pennsylvania are given. Talking with good friends while enjoying food and drink is one of my great joys. Bantering back and forth like we have not seen each other for years, the time was flying. Dinner was served and everyone had their fill.
The night was another success. My Gailsy had done a wonderful job as usual entertaining and keeping everyone’s glasses full. We are so lucky to be able to do what we do. Small things seem to make us both very happy. We don’t need the vacations, new cars, big houses as we did years ago. All we seem to need now are a few friends or family stopping by, food on the table, and a bottle of cheap wine. Can it possibly get any better?