Wednesday, May 25, 2022


 We had a little gathering here last night.

L-o-n-g time friends Tom and Lana Cochrun were visiting from California.

Gayle, aka The BRD, joined us from Prescott.

And where are the pictures of this happy group?

In spite of the presence of two former video journalists and multiple cameras, not a single photo of the people survived.

Instead we have several photos of the food prepared and served by my beloved chef Judy, aka SWMBO, with her customary elan.

A variety of crackers, and salami-and-cream-cheese roll-ups.

Several varieties of olives, and baked bacon-wrapped dates stuffed with blue cheese.

And the pièce de résistance, a huge platter containing sliced kiwi, watermelon, cantaloupe and red grapes adorned with mint leaves.

Oh, and how did I forget and miss photographing, two chicken liver and mushroom pâtés topped with chopped chives.*

For dessert, homemade lemon shortbread cookies and spiced pecans.

Also served were wines from California, Chili and France.

As Judy put it, "Just some picnic snacks."

As Tom, many years ago, called such a fête, "A Feast Among Friends."

It was all delicious, convivial AND we have left-overs!

(*Just to let you know, I have long resisted pâté or any liver dish. But these were scrumptious and I had three helpings!)


  1. And that's why there were no pics! You were eating!

  2. As we were driving South Lana observed “we didn’t get any pictures of the group!” That is an epic oversight but I think we were so joyed at seeing each other for the first time in three years and and enjoying Julie’s wonderful feast we spaced it. It was a delightful evening and a delicious feast! You don’t think the wine had anything to do with forgetting the photos?! Tom & Lana

  3. I don't like liver but chicken terrine is delicious. I love platters like that--small bites and a large variety of foods and tastes. What fun!

  4. That looks like a delicious feast.

  5. I'll have the fruit platter and the rest of you can share everything else.

  6. Should read, Judy's wonderful feast. Written on a phone on the run, sorry. I found one photo of people-sort of. Will send it when I get back to my home system. Slainte'

  7. That is just the kind of food I could devour. Looks great.