Do you ever visit a friend and feel so at home that you just wish you could stay? Maybe move in? I think there is a little bit of art to being a great host. And lots of practice helps, too.
I felt this way when I went to visit our friends near Ft. Worth. They have recently moved there from San Diego and I was excited to see their new house and welcome them to Texas! It was close to my birthday, so Christy went above and beyond for the weekend…it was a perfect getaway. There were gifts and spa appointments and fantastic food and lots of lounging in the pool and playing with the new puppy. I did NOT want to drive home on Sunday afternoon.
Since one of the meals included a recipe from The Pioneer Woman – and if you know me, you know what a fan I am of PW – I thought I would share some of the yummy meals I was served while I was there.
Mushrooms. Garlic. Brie. Butter. Oh my. I could probably live on these. Here’s some step-by-step instructions on how to make them. And with a recipe this simple you could change the cheese or change the herbs for all kinds of variations on flavor. Seriously delicious.
We were happy to have those little gems to snack on…Christy and I got a little carried away doing nothing in the pool and by the time we started on dinner we realized it probably wouldn’t be ready until nearly 10 o’clock! Not that anyone was going to mind that, by the way. Braised short ribs that could bubble away for hours and hours.
Apologies for the picture quality – or lack thereof. I was taking photos with my phone so I could taunt my husband about all the yumminess he was missing out on. I know: not nice.
And the first night I was there…grilled swordfish under a fabulous relish/sauce next to mashed potatoes. Totally scrumptious.
A really organized food blogger would have gotten copies of these last recipes ahead of time and posted them along with much nicer photos of the dishes. But I’m not that blogger…so we’ll have to just wait for Christy to read this and post links for us. OK? And that relish on top of the fish – seriously – you want to make that and use it on anything. Everything. It’s so yummy.
Here’s to great hosts!