This weekend went by in a flash! I am dragging a bit today – The Boy and I did some partying/socializing over the weekend and I think its catching up to me. I enjoyed an all day (and all night?) party on Saturday, complete with trashy party/BBQ food. A baby shower and Father’s Day celebration then rounded out my Sunday. I am proud to say my brother and I even went for a ‘foodie’ gift for my dad – PennMac gift card, parm cheese, and balsamic vinegar. May sound weird to some, but he loved it.
Some highlights from the weekend:
Friday Night – grilled pizzas and (splurge) – a shared DQ Reese Pieces blizzz for dessert
Greek Style Pizza – TJs whole wheat crust, olive oil, farmer’s market fresh feta, lamb, olives, and tomatoes
Prosciutto and Arugula Pizza – TJs whole wheat crust, TJs pizza sauce, fresh mozz, GOOD prosciutto, tomatoes – arugula dressed with balsamic thrown on after grilling
The Boy’s little grill set up – we live in the city, this space is precious!
After a relaxing Friday evening, The Boy and his housemate had a party on Saturday. Lots of beer was consumed. I stuck to white wine and contributed to the event by making some super easy snacks – buffalo chicken dip and rice crispy treats. Hey, I play to the crowd. This crew devoured the goods. Late night Saturday brought me face to face with a Mike and Tony’s gyro (1414 East Carson Street – open late!). Somehow, in my 4 plus years cruising Carson Street, this has never happened to me before. This place is an institution in Southside, Pittsburgh’s tried and true nightlife haven. I will admit to eating half a gyro – and hey, it wasn’t bad! I guess all those drunk people lined up at 2am know what they are doing (kind of). The pita was warm, the lamb tender. There was a decent amount of lettuce and tomato on there and not too much sauce. I might even eat one sober!
Sunday found me surprisingly functional. I attended a baby shower and then made my way to the parents’ house for dinner. They put on quite as spread, as always.
Family style platter of basmati rice, grilled veggies, steak and scallops. So fresh and perfect for a meal on the deck.
After dinner, the group sampled the dessert I had prepared (squeezed in there somewhere during my whirlwind weekend). I made pineapple sorbet and coconut pound cake. For the pineapple sorbet, I used the same recipe as the melon sorbet but subbed limoncello cream in for regular limoncello. It was really good. I used a whole pineapple. Here is a shot mid-process.
The food processor makes this really easy. Fruit, sugar, lemon, limoncello, ON. Chill. Put in ice cream maker. Done.
I used this recipe for the coconut pound cake and was a bit disappointed. I thought it was quite dry. However, this did not stop me from nibbling on a skinny slice of the leftovers with my breakfast this morning. I love coconut and still like this coconut pound cake idea – just not sure I would make this recipe again.
Back to my Monday routine. Sigh. At least its sunny today..