Sunday, July 24, 2011

Dinner At Maxine's.

This weekend, Mr. Hawthorne dropped me off at Maxine's in Danville and he continued on to his family reunion in Bassett. I'm sure you're just dying to know what we had to eat.
Maxine had bought mahi mahi. In Danville, mahi mahi was, I think, $15.99 a pound. Maybe $16.99. I forget. At Billy's Seafood down here, Youngest Hawthorne just bought mahi mahi today for $10.95 a pound. I'm proud of him. He prepared it and cooked it all by himself. Lightly seasoned it with freshly ground salt and pepper and Old Bay seasoning, dotted it with butter, and poured a little white wine around it. Baked at 350 for about 20 minutes. It was perfect. Job well done, my Little Grasshopper. I cooked the mahi mahi for Maxine and company. I seasoned with salt and pepper, seared it in olive oil and butter, then made a sauce of butter, lemon juice, parsley, basil, capers, and black olives.
I made a light salad with arugula, red cabbage, toasted walnuts, carrot slivers, diced cucumbers, and a citrus vinaigrette - lemon juice, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper.
I'd brought my pearled barley/ zucchini/squash/cucumber salad from home. Recipe here.
Maxine had prepared a glorious tabbouleh. If you'd like a starting point, here's my recipe for tabbouleh. And Maxine gave me a tip from her Lesbian friend- no, I meant Lebanese friend, Fatima. Fatima pours lemon juice over the tabbouleh first, then she pours the boiling water. This was most excellent tabbouleh.
I believe this was well-received by the guests at Maxine's lovely table.
Brother and Sister-In-Law Hawthorne stopped by. And I have already ordered Brother Hawthorne's shoes for myself. By the way, B & SIL H, congratulations on little Tarragon. ; )

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