4 months ago

Keep it Simple, Keep it Saucy

I remember the night well.  It was last minute. I was not prepared.  It was OBVIOUS that I had three small humans living within these walls…  but I did it anyways.  I invited the neighbours over for dinner.

Life is better when we eat together

When my husband and I first moved to the country-side, I was in denial.  The fresh air,  fireflies and miles, upon miles, upon miles of pasture are beautiful… BUT, I’m an urban dweller. My friends are urban dwellers, my family members are urban dwellers – I was rurally and royally alone.

You know what makes you NOT alone?  Three kids.  Now our free time is filled with school, sports and soldiering on.  Meeting new people through our children and their activities is fabulous. So fabulous in fact, that often we want to spend time outside of school and the arena with these fine folk.  E-GAWD! Do I actually invite them into my home, and feed them?  What on earth will they think of my hand printed windows?  What if today ISN’T the day that my BBQ decides to stop lighting things on fire… what if, what if, what if?

What if we waited for everything to be perfect until we ventured out of our comfort zone?  I’ll tell you what would happen.  Nothing would happen… like ever.

More weekends than not, we’ll have some sort of gathering.  I don’t have the time to do major preparations, but I’m not willing to can my social life because of a floor that needs some scrubbing! So now, may I propose to you some insight on hosting an informally, fabulous gathering.  You’ve got to keep it simple, and keep it saucy.

Herbivore?  Omnivore?  Burgers have everyone covered… beef, chicken, portabello mushroom burgers, an option for all! I will sometimes buy pre-made hamburgers from the local butcher.  It saves time and supports our local farmers (not to mention DELISH!).

Now here’s the ‘piece de resistance’… make your own sauce.  You see, burgers are burgers, but if you take the time to make a few of the details a little more special, your party becomes a little more gourmet.  EVERY SINGLE TIME I’ve made this green sauce, I’ve been asked for the recipe – so here it is…

In some sort of a food processor or blender, combine the following;

  • The innards of 1 ripened avocado
  • 2 cloves of garlic, peeled
  • 1 handful of cilantro (check out my photo above)
  • 1 jalapeño (seeds in to knock your socks off, seeds out to leave your socks on)
  • juice from 1 lime
  • 2 – 3 tbsps of water or evoo (start with 2 and add to get desired consistency)
  • salt (optional)

Looking for a warm appetizer to compliment your main?  Bear with me on this one folks… I got the idea from my favorite blogger, Joanna Goddard.  If it’s good enough for her, it’s good enough for me!  Tater-tots.  Serve them up hot with some of your favorite dips (including a lil’ of the green sauce).  I also throw some garlic mayo and ketchup on the tray.

This green sauce is a staple in our house.  We use it as a dip or a condiment.  My kids can eat it without the seeds from the jalapeño.  It’s citrusy, and so fresh tasting – the perfect ZING for any meal.  Try it… even a cilantro hater loved it!

While the green sauce (and a little vino) helps pull the party together… the whole point is that we are together.  I’m not so lonely anymore! Upon the miles, and miles, and miles of pasture out here in the country, I’ve found people just like me.  People just like you!  Good people.  Fun people.  Real people.

Companionship – we’re hungry for it.  If we wait for the perfect time and the cleanest house, we’ll starve! So come and pull up a chair at my table.  We’ll fill you up on inappropriate (yet kid friendly) conversation. We’ll laugh. We’ll enjoy life.  I’d also be honoured to make you some green sauce for your burger.  Cheers!

xo jo


Edited by Sarah Kistler

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