Did you have a great Fourth of July, our Independence Day? We celebrate with friends and family, and in this house we celebrate with food. My sister had a party for 16 and she invited me and Mom, and asked me to help her with the food. We dropped off the food and came back to Laguna for the afternoon. It was ostensibly a party for the 20-something aged nieces and nephews, friends, and a few neighbors, but still, I did it right. To start, cherries~
dipped in chocolate, on white rose petals. A little decadent for the kids, but too good~
yes, these were delicious, and very easy to make with a little melted chocolate.
Also, a Provencal apricot crumble. The fruit is sweet, the crumble is very almond; it’s great hot and with ice cream. I wonder if they understood this dish today, the top is savory and the fruit is sweet and slow-baked; but I’ll make it again soon.
The star: Mom’s cheesecake, topped with partially-baked pitted cherries and fresh blueberries. YUM~
I wished I had tasted this, but I will make it again this weekend.
I added a tiny sprig of mint.
an Italian lemon torta, the one I make from Jonathan Waxman. Simple garnish to hint at the cake, before the heap of berries and cream and lemon sauce~
The Lorenza flourless chocolate cake again. This one was divine; I topped it with a chocolate cherry until it gets smothered in creme~
There were 20 pieces of chicken and a dozen slabs of ribs to go with the desserts. No wonder my Sis called Mom later to say OMG. Yes it was all perfect. You can not rush through making desserts, it takes time. Like six hours. I got home to Laguna and set my table and hung the lanterns for the Fourth. No party here tonight, party of three plus two dogs. It was a faux-party.
I will revise these photos this week; it took me (solo) so much time to do all this I missed the end of the day light. Tomorrow evening I will make some adjustments, and Saturday night my brother and his kids are in town, so we will have dinner. Maybe at this table.