Simply Entertaining

We’re sort of in recovery mode here.  We started off the month with a visit from our forever friends and their too adorable 4-year old daughter.  We spent four days laughing and talking and drinking and eating, and if I were the type of person that labeled things, I would call it an almost-too-much-fun kind of weekend.  I spent the Sunday after they left feeling like I had a good-times hangover.

Afterwards, I realized that it was one of the first adult-slumber-party, extended-stay, on-the-go weekends we’d had since starting this blog.  And the weekend was a great example of what the Entertaining Couple is all about.  Good friends, good times, good food.  But not fussy, elaborate, spend-all-day-in-the-kitchen kind of food.  Just the kind of food that gives us a reason to gather and linger around a table.  Or maybe the lingering was the result of the wine.  Either way, these are friends that we only get to see a few times a year, so it was wonderful to have the time, and reason, to be together.

For one of our dinners (of the three), we started with Tangerine Lemon Drop martinis and simply set out a bowl of pistachios to ward off the hunger and offset the early yet potentially pesky signs of a drink that looks sweet but packs a pretty good punch.  The Bartender dusted the snow off the barbecue so we could make our Barbecued Salmon.  We served this with a simple sticky rice and a vegetable stir-fry.  And the Bartender opened a really good bottle of zinfandel, which just added another level of yum-factor to the evening.

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2 responses to “Simply Entertaining”

  1. Monica Mackell says:

    Hi Debbie,

    This is Monica…we met last week about my mom and I going (we are going) to So Africa. It was so nice to have met you and Jon. After learning and to hear about your fabulous Safari vacation we have booked a Safari with Gavin. We are both very excited for our Safari and to explore Cape Town in October 2013!! It will be great fun to share our adventures and photos with you when we return. We hope That Eve and John will join “US” too.

    Eve mentioned your blog….This is a great way to follow you, your recipes, and tips for Simply entertaining! Thank You for your inspiration and information.

    Bon Appitite,

    Monica Mackell

    • Hostess says:


      So good to meet you, as well, and thank you for your comment! We’re so happy to have you following the blog. We’ll wait for your travel updates as your plans progress.


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