So my friends Serge & Stef are coming in from Russia tonight. I am so excited to see them. We used to get together all the time and cook and hang out and then they moved from Oakland to Russia! Not just a hop, skip and a jump away. Anyway Sege emailed me and said he was sick of beets and cabbage and was looking forward to some good fresh food!

I thought about the menu. What could I make that they wouldn’t be eating in Russia, and what would say welcome home to Sunny California? All the produce is so delicious right now. It’s really warm here right now so I want to make something light but still delicious with a lot of variety. I also want each bite to be bursting with flavor!

I don’t, however, want to be cooking the whole night while they are here. So I need to make something easy that I can do ahead and then just pop in the oven or grill.

The menu I came up with is:

Fresh black figs stuffed with blue cheese (St. Agur), wrapped in prosciutto, grilled and then drizzled with a bit of balsamic.

Fava bean crostini (I know, again with the favas!)

Locally grown cherry tomatoes that are so sweet they almost taste like candy

Grilled white american shrimp from louisiana with salt & pepper and grilled lemons

Wild organic arugula from Marin with lemon juice, olive oil and shaved parmesan cheese

And for dessert there are home made blondies that I made using a recipe from Gyneth Paltrow’s site Goop and Tahitian vanilla bean gelato from Ciao Bella.

I am serving  Champagne with the Hors D’oeurves and Rose and White Bordeaux with dinner.

Here is what it looks like now. I’ll post more pics when everything is cooked.

Written by maryjolandry

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stephanie

I was lucky enough to enjoy this dinner. It was amazing! I don’t really miss any of the restaurants in the Bay Area, but I really miss MJ’s cooking. We are still talking about how good it was today. Thanks MJ!!

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Peter Hassan

Hey MJ,

The Blog is fab! You got me with the Fava dip which we all enjoyed with breadsticks last night while visiting S, S & S. Sorry we missed you, but your spirit was there through your Blondies! Will stay tuned for more recipies from your visit East.

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