It is in severe detox mode, laughing to myself at the inside jokes and ridiculous times, and my mouth watering over all the incredible food we ate, I present to you one Big Beach Bash!
The Beach day 1:The view out my bedroom slider door at the early hours of 9am. Looking a bit ominous, wouldn't you say?
I brewed a pot of coffee and enjoyed it on the porch.
and down by the water.
Breakfast day 1:
Blueberry Pancakes and BaconThese elegantly thin and bursting with juicy deep purple blueberries are Gretchen's special batch. Coated in a layer of sugary sweet pure maple syrup accompanied by crisp savory bacon, this stack of pancakes kicked off a weekend of great eats.
The neighbors boarded up their house.
We took a beach walk.
Barefeet!We ate lunch, drank some beers, went for a swim, and G and I attempted a puzzle while the boys flew kites. Make your own paninis with ham, turkey, cheese and roasted zucchini and tomato.
Harpoon UFO!Black and white puzzles are impossibly hard.
Booze flowed as we watched the storm a-brewin.
Colucci made a Tom Collins mix: fresh squeezed lemons, limes, simple syrup, lots of gin and a little club soda.
Zesty and refreshing! I polished off two of these before dinner.
I also polished off quite a few of these appetizers. Bruschetta anyone? It was just as tasty as it looks. Ripe tomatoes & fresh basil on a crispy baguette slice as to be expected - but the olives gave this appetizer a unique Mediterranean twist.
Dinner night 1: Seafood Lasagna with Tomato Basil Bechamel and Caesar salad. Hopefully Gretchen will blog about the recipe! This dinner could certainly stand in a post all its own. I might have forgotten about this salad if I hadn't taken pictures. Not that it didn't taste absolutely incredible with crusty croutons, diced hard boiled egg and fresh grated parmesan cheese - but the Seafood Lasagna out-shined not only the salad, but any other lasagna I've ever tasted. Blame me forgetting the salad on the fact that I was tipsy (ok, drunk) and combine it with the fact that I ate SO much amazing food this weekend, it would be a difficult feat to remember each and every element to these meals without pictures!! As I reviewed all 200 and something, I had an OMG that salad! moment and relived it in all its glory. I just kept remembering those tiny bits of hard boiled egg. Genius.
But the real genius move was this dish.
An abundance of fresh lobster, scallops and shrimp sauteed and sandwiched between smooth pasta layers, bursting with grainy ricotta, stringy mozzarella and grated parmesan. Seafood, pasta and cheese - three of my favorite food staples created an out of this world winning combination. Bechamel is a traditionally white sauce of French cuisine. I believe it is prepared by whisking milk into a flour butter roux - but Gretchen will give you the details. The velvety smooth sauce enhanced by tomato, basil and seafood stock coated the lasagna to created an unforgettable no matter how many beers / Tom Collins / glasses of wine consumed dish.
Antics ensued. I ran up and down the beach and along the jetty in my rain gear while the boys swam. I don't know why I didn't man up and put on my suit. I got just as soaked outside on the shores than I would have if I jumped in! The important thing is we made it through the storm alive.
The Beach day 2:The view out my bedroom slider door at the early hours of 9am. Looks promising today!
Breakfast Day 2:
Ham, egg, cheese & tomato on a homemade biscuit.
Bloody MarysMy Better half and Cappy arrived. Just in time....