Talapia with Rachel who doesn't eat fish or meat

We invited our friend Rachel over for dinner. I lived with Rachel for one year and she was the best. I knew that she didn't eat meat, but we'd been dying to make the talapia that was in our freezer. I know, its not cool to eat frozen fish (I had a terrible experience with some fur-wearing women who "knew fish, and this fish isn't fresh" at the restaurant), but to argue against their tude, our frozen talapia kicked a..

It was pan-sauted with a lemon, parsley/cilantro and garlic sauce that was blended and used again as a topping. A salad decorated the table like a center piece, with mixed greens, cucumbers, carrots, celery and walnuts, dressed with a balsamic vinaigrette.

Are you wondering what Rachel had? French lentils with basmati rice served over a bed of greens, topped with lemon juice, olive oil and the parsley/cilantro sauce.

We began with a white wine which had a label looking like a Belgian beer, and finished off with a red wine that Rachel brought.

After our desert of tea and "feather" chocolate, Rowley freaked the Christmas tree.

posted by Michelle 4 days before Christmas.



We know that you've been concerned about din din. We're sorry that we've been slacking, but there is good excuse - 1. end of semester for Rowley 2. Michelle works 2 jobs 7 days a week. But I promise you, we're doing fine, and have some delicious meals to speak of!

beginning with thanksgiving - it was so delicious. Rowley's mom, Linda, you see, this is her favorite holiday. She sparkles in the kitchen and creates beautiful plates for her family:
Harry, Hugh, Emily, Ben, Jen, Rowley, Michelle, Max .... and Amy and her husband Greg with their three chilies, Anna, Louey, and Sophie - but they were in Florida this year.

We began with a glass of Old Ghost wine, that is known for changing flavors with every swallow. Then came out crisp salads with buttery greens, spinach, orange slices, avocado, red onion, and a slight garlic oil vinaigrette with a touch of fresh ground pepper.

The buffet consisted of a huge bird, deep fried and absolutely juicy, flavorful, and delicious; stuffing balls (baked in cupcake pans, a great idea if you're deep-frying a turkey!) fresh cranberry jello, baked veggies, and fresh bread.

Beverages: spiced cider, water, and wine.

After plenty of food, naps, and watching movies, Rowley and I went out for a spin on Harry and Linda's townie bikes. We watched the sun begin to set, then naturally decided to race home and I almost won.

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