Jeff and I were treated like royalty on Tuesday night and I can’t wait to tell you about it. Our friends Scott and Barb, whom we haven’t known for very long but who feel like old friends, invited us for dinner at their home and it was the perfect night for dinner on the deck.
I will warn you ahead of time that I didn’t bring my camera so the pics in this post are from Jeff’s iPhone – the quality of pictures isn’t as good as my camera, but it captures the basics! I love to travel with my camera by my side; but sometimes it can be annoying to others so I try to use good manners too!
Last night was the first time we’ve been to Barb and Scott’s house, but I sure hope it won’t be the last. It is a wonderfully welcoming, warm HOME on a beautiful, private wooded lot. Both the inside and outside are inviting and decorated with care. We felt so at home on the deck that we warned Scott and Barb not to be alarmed if they look out back some morning and see us having our coffee!!!
We were greeted by Sadie when we arrived – she is a lovely and loving golden retriever and, of course, she won my heart the minute I laid eyes on her! She is soooo sweet and really well-behaved. Being with Sadie was like being with our girls so that made us feel right at home. While Jeff and Scott indulged in some different beers and were gabbing about “guy stuff,” Barb and I indulged in a delicious white sangria and talked about one of our shared loves – The Barefoot Contessa. Barb and I both like Ina Garten’s entertaining style and enjoy her cookbooks. Barb showed me one of the BC cookbooks I haven’t seen and while we engaged in some “girl talk” I paged through the book and we commented on recipes.
Barb served a wonderful appetizer while their BGE – Big Green Egg – came up to temperature. The appetizer was an Ina Garten recipe for Tomato Crostini with Whipped Feta…..holy moly was it great. This is the perfect time of year to serve the appetizer since tomatoes in our area are abundant and perfectly ripe! I could have made a meal out the appetizer, but we were teased with the promise of a burger with unusual toppings. Jeff and I love a teaser like that!
Scott and Jeff manned the grill while Barb and I continued to talk and after a little while, Scott brought the burgers in and Barb put very thinly sliced sweet potatoes into some hot oil to fry. While the potato strings were in the oil getting crispy, Barb prepped the burgers….she spread fresh Kaiser rolls with hot pepper jelly, set the burgers on top of the jelly, spread the burgers with peanut butter, added a slice of bacon and a scoop of spicy slaw, and finished the burgers off with the tops of buns. WOW!
And if that isn’t enough of a flavor treat, she pulled out of the fridge something that nearly brought a tear to my eye….to go with the crispy sweet potato strings, she made red beet ketchup – yes, you read that right – red beet ketchup. Oh boy, I knew I would soon be in culinary heaven!
Dinner was amazing. The burgers were perfectly cooked with beautiful grill marks on the outside and a warm, juicy pink interior. After eating those burgers I cannot wait to learn to cook on the BGE! The fries were delish, but the red beet ketchup was a show stopper for me. Oh my goodness, it had great flavor and a wonderful, thick texture.
After dinner we continued to talk and then were invited to do something neither Jeff nor I has ever done before. Barb and Scott got out their potato gun and taught us newbies how to use it. LOL….it was great fun and made me picture a field full of baked potatoes behind Scott and Barb’s house! Of course, I had to laugh thinking of a friend at church who just shot a 22 through his backyard fence trying to kill a groundhog – perhaps if he had been using a potato gun he wouldn’t have missed the groundhog!!!!
We sipped some more beers and sangria and continued to talk – enjoying the weather and watching the moon come up – the full moon. It was the perfect setting. And after we had time to digest our fabulous dinner, Barb brought out a real taste treat – salted caramel ice cream from Leo’s Homemade Ice Cream in Carlisle. The ice cream did not disappoint. It was the perfect ending to the perfect meal – creamy and delish without being overly sweet. In early July, Leo’s was named one of the top 10 great American ice cream shops by TripAdvisor! I’d highly recommend a trip to Leo’s and I cannot wait to check it out myself!
Sadly, it was getting late and Jeff had to work on Wednesday, so we called it a night and drove through what Scott refers to as, “Children of the Corn Country” to get back to Rt 81. It was a terrific night – Thanks, Barb and Scott – we were spoiled by our hosts, ate wonderfully yummy food, were served tasty drinks, dined in a beautiful setting, and even had a first-time adventure with potato guns. Now THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT!