Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Back yard BBQ with new friends

Remember last week when I asked what you would choose between the wasabi salmon and the pork tenderloin with mustard sauce?  Guess what we chose?  You will find out in a moment.

First, the appetizers:

Sweet Pea and Ginger Hummus


Unfortunately I can’t post the recipe, since it was given to me by the chef at our club, but if you’re really interested, email me and I can give it up.   It sure was yummy!


Blurry photo of endive leaves with gorgonzola and pecans, along with goat cheese stuffed dates.


Traditional Hummus; a little on the bland side since I make it for Ava to eat as well.  She LOVES hummus.


One of the bottles of vino.  The Tin Roof Merlot was quite good.  I’m picky about merlots and only like a handful of them, and this was one.  Not my favorite, but not to tannic, medium bodied, and went really well with the appetizers.  (We also had a lovely white from Argentina that I forgot to photograph.  It was the hit of the evening!)


Sarah brought this awesome Asian Green Bean Salad.   Filled with peppers, green beans, cilantro, ginger, garlic and serrano peppers, this was not only flavorful but a great mix of textures.


And, if you guessed Wasabi Salmon, you were right!   Perfect with the salad that Sarah brought.  We must have been on the same wavelength!  Grilled perfectly by hubby – aka Grill Master. 


Altogether with a few grilled wedges of butternut squash and enjoyed on the patio on yet another beautiful Arizona evening. 


We had so much fun with our new friends, and can’t wait to introduce them to some of our other foodie friends.   I love meeting new people!

How do you meet new friends?  Or do you find it hard to meet people and click where you live?

I’m fairly outgoing, but I think it’s also about the area where you live.  Are people open and friendly, or more reserved and go about their own lives? 


  1. That's so funny....I buy that wine at Costco every time I go!! Every time I serve it people ask me about it. :)

  2. What a wonderful meal! Yum!

    I love that Ava loves hummus! I am determined that my kids will eat "non-kid" foods too :)

  3. While Minnesota people are always very nice, they are not very open or willing to form new friendships. Since I did not grow up here we had a hard time finding other couple friends so we joined Meetup.com and are in a wine group, couples group. I am in a ladies group and a book club. I LOVE it.

    We have meet so many nice people and have a great group of friends now.

  4. I love making new friends!!

    What a great dinner! I have no idea why I haven't given Marin hummus? Does Ava just eat is with her hands? does she dip anything in it?

    Marin doesn't like to be fed anymore... she only wants to feed herself. Thats why i ask :)

  5. I am so hungry after seeing all this amazing food! Looks great :)

  6. Wow, what a great spread!
    Since I've lived in Minneapolis for almost 10 years now I met a lot of friends in college and right after college. To be perfectly honest, I like meeting new people, but I feel like I don't even have enough to see the friends I already have the way it is so I may not be very good at making (and keeping)new friends...

  7. what a great spread, Mo! And just saw the spring rolls in your last post....mmm, good stuff!

    Meeting new people is hard. Period. The older we get the harder i think it gets, too. People have their own lives and arent as carefree as when we were 21 :)

  8. MMm, that looks fantastic!!!

    I find it hard to meet people sometimes, especially younger couples without kids. It's hard to get together with our friends that have kids and I find I have less and less in common with my single friends. I meet most of my friends through hockey and work. That's where I spend most of my time!

    P.S. Love your blog :)