Today we threw a casual lunch party in our backyard with old and new friends.

You’d think I’d take it easy after Fight Gone Bad 6, but I always try to make use of every minute I’ve got off until my nightshifts start again. Hey, I’m all about cramming in as much good grub and guffaws with people I love.

Since I was still tired from the beat-down the morning before, I decided that our main chow would be meat and veggie kabobs from House of Kabobs in Sunnyvale. That way, I’d just have to make some appetizers and salad before the guests arrived and I’d be able to enjoy the festivities when everyone got here.

I didn’t eat an “official” breakfast but I was grazing on everything I was making for the party: a crudite platter with Aubergine and chimichurri dip…

…a salumi platter, bacon and guacamole sammies

…watermelon and mint salad, heirloom tomato and basil salad

…and a fruit salad.

Fitbomb also pan-roasted a batch of his rosemary almonds

…before heading out to pick up the grilled goodies.

Here’s my lunch plate:

Lunch was a blast! I had a wonderful time hanging out up with my buddies and catching some rays before autumn blows in.

Happy Birthday, Trish! 

After the last of our guests left, we cleaned up and I started making dinner. I roasted some bell peppers on the gas range…

…fried up some Turkish sliders, and made lettuce wraps again.

Here’s my dinner plate:

Man, is the weekend over already? 

About Michelle Tam

Hello! My name is Michelle Tam, and I love to eat. I think about food all the time. It borders on obsession. I’ve always loved the sights and smells of the kitchen. My mother was (and is) an excellent cook, and as a kid, I was her little shadow as she prepared supper each night. From her, I gained a deep, abiding love for magically transforming pantry items into mouth-watering family meals.

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