Some new friends invited us over for dinner this past weekend and it ended up being one of those long, progressive, multiple-bottles-of-wine type dinners. There was a cheese plate that beckoned whenever we felt peckish and steaks marinating on the counter. There were puppies under tables and jazz music for swaying to.
We didn't end up actually eating until the sun had almost set. Our hosts grilled the steaks and made a simple salad of zucchini ribbons dressed in a lemon vinaigrette. I had brought a cheesy cauliflower gratin topped with crunchy breadcrumbs. For dessert, we had a strawberry-rhubarb pie that was arguably the best pie of summer. In fact, this was arguably the best meal of summer. Good friends, good food, good wine. Can you ever ask for anything more? What about you?
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