In lieu of a local wedding reception, and also in celebration of the birthday of our favorite Talking Head, we threw a party tonight and called it David Byrne Day (Observed). We’d been anxiously watching the weather given the omg constant rain, so were delighted to have a beautiful day and clear night for grilling and campfire sitting.
But before I get to that, let me tell you about what we did earlier in the day!
First, we got up and drove to WCCC so that I could run the Washtenaw County Start! Heart 5K . Last night’s sausages and polenta proved to be excellent fuel, and I logged my best 5K yet, although I don’t think the distance was actually 5K. To celebrate, we grabbed breakfast at Beezy’s, where Shane overheard a fortuitous conversation: a sever had spotted a moped at a yard sale! So off to the yard sale we went, returning home with a non-running $100 Suzuki FA50. Shane spent a good part of the afternoon poking around at the ‘ped, while I camped out in the kitchen and prepped for the party.
I never know how much food to make for parties, especially potluck-y cookout-y type parties. You always end up with too much of this and not enough of that, with way too many buns and not enough condiments, etc. The thing you decide not to make is always what someone else also forgets. We decided to just do a variety of things, knowing that a cake and other delicious treats would be coming with our guests. Worst case scenario? We order a pizza.
No pizza was necessary tonight, though! We had tiny pork burgers – made from our pork, ground by me – on homemade dinner rolls topped with delicious pickled red onions. The roll recipe was supposed to make 24 and instead made 40, so we have a bunch of delicious yeast rolls for the freezer.
I also made cole slaw with the remaining cabbage from last weekend, and a lovely and simple asparagus crostini that disappeared within the first half hour of the party.
In addition, friends brought salads, lots of grillables, homemade bread and prosciutto, dulce de leche ice cream, and a totally beautiful wedding cake (pictures forthcoming). We ate well, and then we sat around the fire and talked until late. It was a fantastic evening.
(One of these days I really will talk about our wedding. I promise. We’re still working on the photos, and I want to be able to show you guys instead of just telling.)