Party Time September 4th 2016 Pre-Dinner Kibitzing (Page One)
While at Trump National for the Wine & Beer Festival, Kathy had a great idea! Have an "End Of Summer Party"! You are about to witness amazing feats of goofiness along with massive quantities of wine disappearing!
NOTE TO SELF: Ply Kathy with wine again next year at Trump!
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They look so innocent just sitting around talking.... But we know better!
Ed, who is a Professor of Wineology, is hard at work!
Now this is looking good..... But on a "serious note"
Did You Know? - Inky is a Rhône Varietal Blend - Deep ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate cherry brownie, clay, olive and spice with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy, chewy, pomegranate and pepper accented finish. A sturdy, zesty wine for the table. Pair with bison or Aardvark
"We don't have summer in the UK... The EU banned it"
Jan watches Ed carefully wondering how he makes a wine selection...
Paul helped her.... If it is wet, drink it!
Ed brought out his collection of empty wine bottles
The kids made the adults sit down.... so the the adults could be supervised
"Mom! Alex is getting wet!"
"Oh oh... Grandpa has the camera!"
This wine is pretty good... The Rubarb Wine from Oregon was very special
(Amy likes anything Oregon)
Vicky has finished off her second glass...
"Whoa... You mean there is wine here?"
Donna... Owner of the slogan "No Wine Left Behind"
Del tells a whale of a story about his dear friend Mitzi
"Del... We are looking pretty good!"
Did You Know? -
Gaynor was born as Francesca Marlene de Czanyi von Gerber in Chicago to Pauline Fisher, a dancer, and Henry von Gerber, a violinist, cellist, and music director
Her family first moved to Elgin, Illinois, then to Detroit, and later when she was eleven, on to Hollywood. She trained as a ballerina as a child and began her career as a chorus dancer.
At 13, she was singing and dancing with the Los Angeles Civic Light Opera company. She lied about her address so she could attend Hollywood High School, and signed a seven-year contract with Twentieth Century-Fox at age 17.
She sang, acted, and danced in a number of film musicals, often paired with some of the biggest male musical stars of the day.
No rest for Mommy.... Alex and Charlie need cheese to continue swimming!
Naturally, they want the cheese on the very end of the platter!
"Look Dad what Mommy got for me!"
Hey this is good stuff! Says vintage August 2016
(Del! That's Welch's Grape Juice)
Brian enjoys the visiting.... and swapping stories
What's that old saying about "Fox watching the hen house?"
As all the ladies say.... "Definitely a Fox!"
Del carefully listens to the uncorking of bottles
Laying there quietly waiting to go to work!
Sharing with friends
"Did you hear what Paul did to me"
"Paul texted us and said they would be here at 4:00 on the 3rd!
We panicked !"
Time to go to work!
First things first.... Clean the grill...
We alerted the fire department
S-h-h-h-h-h-h The Executive Chef is working
Tell us more....
Did You Know? - A relatively long and flat cut, flank steak is used in a variety of dishes including London broil and as an alternative to the traditional skirt steak in fajitas. It can be grilled, pan-fried, broiled, or braised for increased tenderness.
Grain (meat fibre) is very apparent in flank steaks, and many chefs cut across the grain to make the meat more tender.
Flank steak is best when it has a bright red color. Because it comes from a strong, well-exercised part of the cow, it is best sliced against the grain before serving, to maximise tenderness. It is frequently used in Asian cuisine, often sold in Chinese markets as "stir-fry beef".
Hurry up Ed!
While Ed works his magic, we examine the Canadian Vacation book!
"You like my grilling get-up? real men can wear aprons!"
A fashion plate if there ever was one!
Did You Know? - A toque is a type of hat with a narrow brim or no brim at all. They were popular from the 13th to the 16th century in Europe, especially France. Now it is primarily known as the traditional headgear for professional cooks,
"They are getting very close!"
Adjusting the temperature requires that certain touch!
Just a little bit longer... We have two more to go!
One word.... Yummy
Grilled to perfection!
The salads and veggies are inside their tent
David takes care of Grant and
Mom & Dad Liles take care of Charlie and Alex
The dining table gets re-arranged in preparation for the meal!
"I'm coming out of the pool to eat?
Could you float the plate over to me in the pool?"
Mom makes sure they are ready to "dive" into dinner!
"Hey Mom.... Do you see this BIG fly next to me?"
The line forms
Did You Know? - “One measure of friendship consists not in the number of things friends can discuss, but in the number of things they need no longer mention.” – Clifton Fadiman