Al Fresco Dinner Party

Cooked up on July 26, 2012

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Last weekend I was so happy to have my friends Diane and Lisa spend the day in Portland. Lisa’s husband, my husband and Lisa’s sweet son joined us for a day-long adventure. We began at the huge downtown farmer’s market, enjoying the zen atmosphere and purchasing lots of beautiful produce for our dinner later in the day.

We ate lunch at the food carts, trying grilled cheeses, Hawaiian, Polish and Mexican food. I heart Kahlua pork so much.

We took the train back to our house and after a few hours to relax and regroup, we started the prep for dinner (with some IPAs and white wine, of course).

Dave roasted some corn on the grill and Diane prepped it for pizza-topping.

I raided our garden for fresh herbs to cover all the pizzas:

This was our first try making pizza on the grill! We rolled out the pizza dough to begin with, and cooked it most of the way on the grill…

before adding toppings…

Pizza #1 was fresh veggies from the market – roasted corn, green pepper, zucchini and freshly made pesto and tons of cheese.

Pizza #2 was a delicious ham and sweet corn pizza with a rich tomato sauce:

Pizza #3 was a beautiful walnut, pear and fig pizza. I can’t decide which was my favorite!

Gotta say… this table looked pretty inviting!

Lisa’s sweet son Otie discovered our water pistols… and our rainbarrel:

Missed me!

And we had this super fancy dessert – I’ll have to ask Lisa’s permission before sharing the secret to her sugar shard topping! What’s below is simply beautiful market berries and organic, homemade whipped cream.

People, THIS is summer! I had such a good time, and I loved entertaining dear friends in my home. Can’t wait to do it again soon!


  1. That looks like such an inviting spread!

    Comment by Mary — July 27, 2012 @ 9:13 am

  2. LOVE this post, especially the pic of you holding up the herbs! And thank you again for such a wonderful meal. The pizza was DE-LISH, and, while I’m not yet brave enough to try your hubby’s sourdough starter (aka Sam), it did give me the courage to try making my own pizza dough. You are a fantastic hostess!

    Comment by PenPanDiane — July 28, 2012 @ 4:40 pm

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