Jul 03

July 4th — Holiday Weekend

I was delighted to be re-invited to my friends, Rich and Kim Green’s family picnic. I missed the party last year, but two years ago they roasted a whole hog for the gathering. As always the food presented by the hosts was terrific as well as all of the pot-luck dishes brought by attendees. I made a Greek-style rice salad to share. This dish can actually suffice as a meal during the hot summer months.

Greek-style rice salad

Greek-style rice salad

 

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Pit Master Rich doing his thing.

The recipe is simple to prepare; just cook some rice and let it cool. In the meantime, peel and remove the seeds from a couple of cucumbers then slice and set aside. Minced red onion, green peppers, celery and set aside. Chop some fresh parsley and oregano (I use marjoram because I prefer the flavor and I have a potted marjoram plant). After the rice has cooled, season it with the chopped herbs, mix some olive oil and lemon juice and pour over the sliced cucumbers and minced peppers & onions. Season the vegetables with salt and ground black pepper and mix this all into the rice along with some Feta Cheese and black olives. Place into a serving dish (or Tupperware if you are carrying it to a picnic) and garnish with tomato wedges to add some color.

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The barbecued chicken and pork ribs were delicious!

 

 

After lunch, Kim, always the organizer of fun for the kids (young and old), Set up teams for a “three legged race”

 

 

Reenee and Bella as a team for the three legged race.

Ree-nee and Bella as a team for the three legged race.

A closer look at the leg of each team member bound together - hence the "three legs". It is extremely awkward to run with one leg tied to another person's leg.

A closer look at the leg of each team member bound together – hence the “three legs”. It is extremely awkward to run with one leg tied to another person’s leg.

 

 

 

Ready at the starting line.

Ready at the starting line.

I am not certain that the judges in charge of officiating this race were able to determine a clear winner. There were a number of teams that fell down and several other collisions.

Twister?

Twister?

 

…and a game of “Twister”. Though it has been many moons since I last played Twister, the rules of play seem to have been greatly modified along with the size of the playing board. I am quite sure that my old body will not contort into certain positions anymore!

A good time was had by all. Thank you Rich and Kim. Always fun to share food and good times.

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