The most important word in that title is “old”. We have known our friends Bill and Liz since the very beginning of our marriage. David and Bill worked together at the University and Liz and I raised our families together. Our Sons were roomates in college and we were present at the marriages of all three of their children, as they were there for Michael’s marriage. We moved to Lake Lure. They remained in Greensboro. So it is a pleasure to get together with them when they are in the area. They stopped by for lunch on Sunday.
I never worry about what to serve when they are here. I know their tastes well. Liz is originally from Australia and over the years has developed tastes similar to mine. She is a great cook and maintains a huge vegetable garden. There is always a great variety of food on her table. I remember being surprised that one of her children’s favorite dishes was artichokes. They learned at an early age to peel the leaves from the steamed artichokes, dip them in butter and draw the flesh across their teeth.
So anything goes for lunch. And I am also using the word “old” for the recipes that I am posting today because I have already blogged about them. You know you are getting old when you start repeating yourself.
I served citrus grilled chicken which I blogged about here. It is my favorite way to grill chicken breasts. I love the way the lemon and lime juices play with the brown sugar and mustard to give the chicken a nice glaze and flavor.
With the chicken I served curried couscous, one of Ina Garten’s classic recipes. Couscous is so fast and easy and I love all of the additions to it. It is full of tasty bits of carrot, green onion, toasted almonds, dried cranberries and garden fresh parsley. I blogged about it here. A huge tossed salad rounded out the lunch and we spent out time talking and catching up on each others’ lives.
Oh, and we had Georgia peach cake and peach ice cream for dessert. It was a pleasant Sunday with old friends.