Last weekend, when a jacket was a necessary accessory in the mornings and evenings, when we slept with the windows open and it so cold we shivered, we decided we'd go apple picking with friends this weekend. I had a whole fall menu planned. We were excited. Then the temperature rose steadily all week and by Saturday it was humid and approaching 90. Not exactly apple picking weather. Instead Saturday found us eating hot dogs, hamburgers and potato salad in a last hurrah send-off to summer.
Our friends C & D came over and we embarked on a long afternoon and evening of food and fun. While the chicken wings baked in the oven:
... we scarfed down some chips and salsa. We cooked the wings for only 45 minutes this time and they were perfect - juicy and moist with enough crackle in the skin to make them extra tasty. I made up a plate of iceburg lettuce, thick slices of ripe tomato and thinly sliced onion for the burgers:
... and finished up my All-American potato salad:
My plate with some potato salad and my perfectly dressed burger:
... with lettuce, tomato, onion, mayo, ketchup and melted cheddar cheese. I knew when I was forming the patties that these burgers were going to be sensational. The meat felt buttery in my hands. I seasoned it with Worcestershire sauce, grated onion, salt and pepper. D wolfed down his burger before I'd even finished taking my photos and proclaimed it the best burger he'd ever had. After stuffing ourselves silly with food we took a long walk around the neighborhood and then settled in to watch a movie. Halfway through the movie started skipping, which provided the perfect opportunity for cake:
... a decadent triple chocolate lover's dream that C & D brought for dessert. It was rich but not overwhelmingly so and a perfect end to a great dinner.