Meet Chico. He is an important feature of our household. Do you know why?
He opens beers.
In a nod to our independence, and a last HUZZAH for Jason’s birthday:
German Chocolate Brownies.
German chocolate cake is Jason’s favorite. Since I already have a tried and true gluten free brownie recipe, I went with it. My brother in law ate five while sitting right in front of the platter, talking about how these are the most amazing things he’s ever eaten and I better open a bakery.
As this is a BIG dream of mine, we ended up in a long conversation of All Things Bakery.
We cannot have a gathering in the summer (where fresh basil and tomatoes grow right out my door) without having some bruschetta.
I also made more roasted tomato cashew dip. You’ve seen my photos of that. I’ll show you what we dipped in:
We also cannot go a grilling round at our house without this:
The apples didn’t go on the grill, but the romaine did.
This is so easy and SO flavorful.
Jason commented that Chico seems to have a permanent place on the counter this summer. He doesn’t get back in the drawer. I’m good with that.
My permanent place for the summer? Our pool. That’s where you’ll find me!
FUN THINGS !
Lisa is GIVING AWAY CHOBANI on her fabulous blog (she’s one of my favorites… she’s in my blogroll –>)!! Jason and I eat the chobs every day for breakfast, and would LOOOOVE to win this. GAAH. 🙂
…and a post from My Favorite Blog, Hyperbole and a Half. Seriously. She is The Best. Hilarious. I love her. and not just because she has A Dog Who Licks Everything, like Basil. But maybe a little more now. More favorites of Allie? The Awkward Situation Survival Guide. Also? When this guide was published, it was popular and liked with several of the naturopathic docs whom I call coworkers and friends.