La Quinta, California: Our club golf course was scalped the day after we returned from our RV trip late September. It finally re-opened and Dave and I are finally back on the links several days a week. The first few weeks after opening, it is "cart path only" golf, meaning golf carts must remain on the paved paths - no wandering around the fairways. Not a problem for me, as I walk every time we golf. But without DT being out in the fairway with my clubs in the cart, I have to walk even more steps (15,000 yesterday!) to change clubs. Our course is in magnificent shape. Weather was just perfect. After a bit of rain on Election Day, we were treated to clear skies and views of new snow on the surrounding mountains. Glorious!
Speaking of Election Day: we are in a vote-by-mail state. I receive a text message when my ballot is mailed to me, and another when my ballot is received/counted by our county. Love this! (We could, of course, go to a polling center the week of the election to vote in person... but why?) Since I knew we would want to be glued to the television Tuesday night learning the election results, I made a big platter of appetizers in lieu of dinner:
But our appetizer "spread" was a pale comparison to one The Lovely Lisa created for a fundraiser she organized last week:
Speaking of food... I've been having more fun with The Barefoot Contessa's new Go-To-Dinners cookbook. In addition to the chicken dish last week, this week I tried her Balsamic Roasted Baby Peppers. Not 100% sure why this is a recipe, as it only requires roasting (400 degrees,25 minutes, until browned in places) baby sweet peppers in olive oil, salt, pepper, and fresh thyme, then drizzling the roasted peppers with balsamic vinegar. They were obviously easy and were really delicious. I was able to incorporated them into our meals several nights - hot or cold.
And remember the lamb meatballs from a past week? I still had nine meatballs in the freezer. One night I stuffed some into acorn squash, and then crumbled the remaining three onto a pizza.
Since that all seemed like a lot of meat, one night Potato Tacos were served. This dish is vegan, but no one needs to know. Delish!
I am in the process of uploading more recipes and will be sure to include the potato taco recipe. Also coming soon: RV Chili and a Guacamole recipe. Until my next update, I remain, your well-fed correspondent.