Thursday, April 26, 2012


Eric and Maria with us in Paris, 1999
There are students...and then, there are STUDENTS. Eric and Maria were the stars of their very own show in high school (and I mean that in a good way!) They marched to the tune of a different drummer and stood out as creative, talented and confident individuals.
As their teachers, it was hard not to make them our favorites. They are, after all, kindred spirits and we are so happy to have them in our lives.
After attending the Opening Artist's Reception in Madrid, this weekend, Michael and I will beat feet back home to welcome Eric and Maria and baby Cordelia for a visit!! We are so looking forward to seeing them and meeting Cordelia for the first time!

Team Wimmer is following a totally vegan lifestyle, so I am happily challenged to make a vegan meal for them. I am thinking the wild rice salad, see it here and a lovely fruit salad from this month's fine Cooking Magazine. Wish me luck!!

Pineapple, Papaya, Starfruit, and Blood Orange Salad

by Dabney Gough from fine Cooking Magazine

1 large fresh pineapple (about 4-1/2 lb.), peeled, cored, and cut into 3/4-inch pieces (about 4-1/2 cups)
3 medium blood or navel oranges, peeled, halved lengthwise, and cut crosswise into 1/4-inch-thick half moons
2 medium star fruit, trimmed, very thinly sliced, and seeded
2 Tbs. granulated sugar
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1 small papaya (1 lb.), peeled, seeded, and cut into 1-inch pieces (about 3 cups)
12 to 14 medium or large mint leaves, thinly sliced
Tip: If you can’t find starfruit in grocery stores, use peeled, sliced Asian pears; they’re similar in texture and flavor.

Combine the pineapple, oranges, and starfruit in a large bowl.
In a small bowl, mix the sugar and vanilla until well blended. Sprinkle the sugar over the pineapple mixture and toss gently to combine.
Let sit at room temperature until the sugar dissolves, about 10 minutes. When ready to serve, add the papaya and mint and toss gently to combine. Serve immediately.

I'll let you know how it turns out!!
Have a great weekend everyone!
P.S. Catch Maria's wonderful blog "little things are big" here and Eric's blog here and website here. They inspire us!


Maria Rose said...

We are here and cannot wait to see you! Seriously we are so excited!!! I am certain dinner will be great! Have a great time at the opening! Love you!
Just in case you wanted some more exclamation points here they are !!!!

Onlythemanager said...

I'm so glad your friendship has remained and grown over the years.

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