Not sure if it was laziness or inspiration, but last night when my friends were on their way over, I looked at the contents of my refrigerator and decided that we should all go shopping and plan the meal, together. Inviting friends to join you in the kitchen can be a stressful night of nerves or a rewarding bonding experience, so it is best to choose this group activity carefully and hope your friends put up with the same amount of wrinkly cucumbers and cluttered cabinets as you do.
Napa inspiration has been everywhere: I found Peppermint Lemonade at Fresh Market to remind me of our delicious, but expensive picnic at Oakville Grocery, I broke down and bought a pair of those printed shorts everyone’s been wearing all summer that I now plan to keep on forever, and I have been putting peaches in everything!
Popcorn dropped in nitrogen, compressed watermelon salad with prosciutto, and warm, toasty orzo pasta with pesto. Yum, yum. I passed up the drink menu for chilled Mason jars filled with tangy iced tea and munched on skirt steak with garlic butter sauce.