This past Thursday, my colleague and dear friend Lisa invited me over to her family's home for an outdoor dinner, a perfect way to enjoy one of the final warm evenings of summer in Seattle. Her son, Langston, who will soon return to Trinity College in Dublin, had taken great care to impeccably arrange the table in Lisa's beloved hues of autumn orange and crisp white, stringing five strands of globe lights overhead that met just above the wooden table. Candlelight flickering on the tablecloth, Édith Piaf and instrumental jazz serenading us in the background, and the delightful company of Lisa, her children, and nieces Annie and Grace was the perfect way to wrap up the season.
Lisa and her daughter, Analiese, who often appears in local theatre productions, had worked for two days creating homemade lasagna noodles and other ingredients for Deb Perelman's Smitten Kitchen Lasagna Bolognese; this entrée, accompanied by a rosemary sourdough bread and a simply-dressed arugula salad, was followed by a leisurely walk around Queen Anne with views of the setting sun across Puget Sound and Seattle skyline. Upon returning to Lisa's home, the glow of the overhead lights created a magical late-summer night's dream under which we enjoyed olive oil ice cream crafted by Lisa and Grace (who, coincidentally, is the daughter of the owner of Seattle's favorite food truck), presented in a homemade pizzelle topped with a chocolate tuile.
Thank you Lisa and family for a truly memorable meal, one that will linger in my mind (and on this blog) long after the crisp winds of autumn and misty evenings put nights like this on hold for a while.