Friday 15 June
Our student, garden sharecropper, and friend Allison gallantly defended her Ph.D. today, so as a celebration, she and her husband Joe gathered their family and friends for a potluck celebration on the lawn in front of their house.
For our contribution, Barbara harvested a double basket of the rainbow chard that's been sprouting all over the garden, and cooked it up with Indian spices according to the Madhur Jaffrey recipe we've done before.
Other items on the big hospitable table included savory barbeque, gluten-free enchiladas, fried chicken, guacamole, blue corn and regular yellow corn chips, hummus, bean salad, zucchini and potato stew with feta, leaf salad, potato salad, and pasta salad. Oh, and various wines, soft drinks, and beer.
Desserts were Graeter's ice creams (mint chip, raspberry chip, and vanilla), plus delicious homemade plum tart and chocolate-coated macaroons.
We had some great conversations as we ate the good food, enjoyed watching the various little boys interact with the various large cats, and generally celebrated until the cows came home. Once they did, we crawled home to sleep, but we remained glad that it all went so well. Loud and long congratulations to Allison, and much joy to her and her family!