A couple of nights ago  I cooked dinner for my friend from Toronto, Lesley.  We have been friends since university, which was quite a few years ago.  I tried several new recipes and I want to share the menu.

cheese and crackers  (cambozola, “grizzly” aged gouda from Sylvan Star Cheese, Kerrygold Dubliner, Saint Andre triple creme French cheese, Wasa rye crackers and some of my home made seedy crackers)

spinach salad with fiddleheads, pickled red onions, candied pecans and goat cheese sprinkled on top

red snapper with brown butter, steamed asparagus and roasted butternut squash

poached pears with marsala, cinnamon and vanilla, with a dollop of date and fig Greek yogurt

I spent a fair amount of time prepping during the day, but it made the evening relaxed and stress free. We had a great visit.  Lesley is a knitter, and she brought me a beautiful pair of socks – so much better than a bottle of wine!  I’m pleased that Lesley is working on a project here and we will visit again in the near future.

What do you think?

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