Monday, September 5, 2011

Served with Love

Cooking is like love;
it should be entered into
with abandon or not at all.
~Harriet Van Horne
Vogue Magazine, October 1956

Via Two Guitars, Etsy

I just love invitations to dine
at a friend's house and look
forward to those evenings
more than eating at a 
five-star restaurant.

Getting dressed for the evening,
wondering what is going to
be served, I find that I'm relaxed
and happy, knowing that whatever
we eat, there will be plenty of
laughter and great conversation
served right along side.

When someone takes the time to

plan a delicious meal
shop for the ingredients
set a beautiful table
fluff the nest
light the candles
choose special music

it is like receiving a big, 
warm hug that says
 Welcome, I'm so
glad you are here!

What better way to send off
a dear friend and her family
before they moved out of town
than ~ you guessed it ~ have
them over for dinner?

I loved planning all the details.
They loved the meal.
I hope they tasted the love.

I think they did.

She has asked me many, many
times since to Please blog about
the menu so I can have the recipes?

{So Becky, this one's for you, girlie.}

Wish she was here so we could
cook it together.....and
we'd invite you to join us  : )

{Click on highlighted
names for recipe}


Soyaki-Glazed Edamame
with toasted sesame seeds

Strawberry Salsa 
with blue corn chips**


Blueberry and Goat Cheese Salad
with warm honey walnuts*
Via Emily's Kitchen
*I substituted butter lettuce
for the spinach.


Avocado Burgers  
on wheat buns


Choice of Gelato**

**I re-created this meal for my
family last week to celebrate
a wonderful summer and to
welcome our new normal, the
school year.  Because I'd originally
made it in July when our local
strawberries were in, I substituted
peaches in the salsa, which my 
gang liked, very much.

And I forgot to pick up the Gelato,
which I can only get at one store,
so my son made vanilla ice cream
in our ice cream maker.  Yum.

Joining Mangia Mondays.  

Have a tasty week!


Be sure to visit Lisa,
who always serves her
guests with love : )


Jenny Schouten Short said...

Yummy, you're the artist.. keuken kunst (kitchen art)! I'm saving your recipes. xo Jenny

Charm Bracelet Diva said...

One word: YUM. (Oh, and POUNDS!)


Linda said...

OH what a beautiful meal, Suzanne! I KNOW they must have felt very special!

Marie said...

What a great friend you are to cook such a lovely meal for your friend. It looks fabulous. Food cooked for and shared with friends is the best and most tasty of all! xxoo

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

GOod morning dearest, I have to run to get ready to get into the classroom by 6:30am, but this looks wonderful. AND YES, LOVE is the ingredient that literally makes a meal a FEAST. I KNOW....

Love to YOU, Anita


What a lovely meal to send off your friend.

Hey, I just read that Holly Becker is coming to St. Paul next week. She is speaking at an event but also doing a book signing. All of her others have been at Anthropologie. I think you would enjoy meeting her.


Beth said...

I'm with you - I love having friends over for dinner. We seem to have been entertaining quite a bit recently , everything from 2 to 23! Yes, I did mean to type 23! There is something special about sharing a meal with friends, especially one that is planned and prepared at home.
Thanks for sharing yours.

Biz said...

My breakfast cereal isn't looking nearly as appetizing now that I've seen this colorful post of decadent foods!
So yummy!

Have a Blessed Tuesday!

P.S. Gelato!!!!

Farmgirl Paints said...

Oh sweet friend...thank you so SO much for recreating my favorite meal just for me. Wish I could have been there again to taste it. Guess the gorgeous pics will have to do. I'll be printing these out when my computer finally let's me on your blog. I'm typing this on my phone. Ugh! Love you.

Farmgirl Paints said...

Oh sweet friend...thank you so SO much for recreating my favorite meal just for me. Wish I could have been there again to taste it. Guess the gorgeous pics will have to do. I'll be printing these out when my computer finally let's me on your blog. I'm typing this on my phone. Ugh! Love you.

traci said...

oh suzanne...that looks like a lovely meal. yummy. i am sure becky and her family felt so special.

Anonymous said...

You strike me as the kind of gal who puts a tremendous amount of time and love in everything you do...I can only imagine what a lovely evening this was. I really can't think of anything sweeter than a comfortable night at home with friends. I would definately love to have you over one evening . . . it's only a short plane ride. :)
Have a wonderful day!
Sarah xo

Lisa said...

What a lovely looking meal, Suzanne! Everything looks delicious and I can't wait to check out the recipes - especially that avocado burger! And oh - blueberry, goat cheese and honeyed walnut salad?? How divine. And how blessed your friends are to have you and all the love you put into entertaining them!! xoL.

Sharon Lovejoy said...

FELT THE LOVE...saw the artistry...but missed the tasting!


Sharon Lovejoy Writes from Sunflower House and a Little Green Island

pollydove said...

Looks like you REALLY know how to entertain! That all looks amazingly delicious and I bet your home, table, and company were perfect too! (I am loving the planter outside the back door ... is it yours? It is so incredible!!!!)

Stuff and Nonsense said...

since one of my spiritual gifts is hospitality...i love to entertain folks...usually not fancy, but fun and warm and filled you said...laughter...always...your menu looks fabulous and it sounds as though your hearts were as full as your bellies!


paige said...

it looks delicious & i'm sure was wonderful both times!
you are a good friend!

michelle said...

This looks so good and I am so happy that you could do this for Becky. I hope you had a great weekend.

Kathy's Red Door Welcome said...

You make me want to cook for friends. I love being invited over for dinner, but hardly anyone takes the time anymore. We had family in town this weekend and it is so much more intimate to have dinner at home and everyone seems much more relaxed.
Your dinners looks especially delicious!

michele said...

how do you do that? i can taste every dish you served. and i want MORE. when am i coming for dinner? (inappropriate rant i hope my friends don't see: most of my friends don't see the value in entertaining/cooking at home so i admire your efforts!)

what an awesome gift that planning and all that love was for your guests!

git down, minnesota.


koralee said...

Puts my dinner to shame my friend...yummmmm....would love to visit you. Our ice cream maker has been going crazy lately...just finished off the coffee ice cream we made the other day...yum! xoxox HUGS
Do you ever see Anita? I think about you two often. xoxo

Mona Thompson Providence Ltd. said...

The perfect menu. I will have to save. I agree...I would MUCH rather have friends over or go to their home for dinner. Conversation is so much easier and that's really what it's all about. The food is usually better too. I would love to have you to dinner. We would laugh and laugh! XO Mona

lisaroyhandbags said...

I agree, dinners hosted by friends are the absolute best! And it doesn't matter what's on the menu, it's all about sharing the laughter and conversation. This meal looks scrumptious!! xo

Happy Homemaker UK said...

I'm no foodie, but this looks AMAZING! I might actually try a few :) Thank you for the inspiration!

A Cottage Muse said...

Mmmm...looks yummy!
Is it ok to have gelato for breakfast?!
Have a nice day!

Cindy said...

I can tell you do everything with much love and make everyone who comes into your home feel right at home and comfortable. The meal looks so delicious! I am going to have to try the blueberry and goat cheese salad...yum!

Jane said...

Oh Suzanne, I'd invite you over to dinner at PB HQ in a heartbeat! What a dream meal that would be, my sweet friend. J x

quintessence said...

Me too - love going to dinner at friends' homes and likewise having them to mine. I love all the prepping - the food, the table, the invites! What a great menu - I'm sure dinner chez toi is a total delight!!

Emily Maxson said...

What a lovely meal Suzanne! I am sure your guests felt the love! I am glad you could use a few recipes from Emily's Kitchen. Hope you are well!

Stitchfork said...

Sounds like a warm hug thru food! I'd be there for dinner with bells on! And please don't notice as I leave behind the goat cheese on the plate...
xo Cathy

Felicity said...

I can taste the love and I'm many thousands of miles across the seas.

xx's Felicity

hometown girl said...

sounds like a perfect evening with friends! i agree cooking for friends is such a joy! we had company for dinner last Friday trying to squeeze int he last of our summer visits. i wish i was more on my game and had taken some photos!! hope you are well, sorry that i haven't been by in awhile. i really tried to soak up the last weeks of summer with the kids!! xo susan

Jeanie said...

I want to crawl right into your blog and have that delicious looking salad! The whole dinner looks wonderful in every way. Who could leave after that?

Lili said...

Love the artistry and love you inject into making a meal with friends and family truly special. Who could ever want for anything more! xoxo ~Lili