Our town does this thing in the warm months.
During the first Friday of every month from May to October, there’s a big town party.
Wine is poured. Streets are closed off.
Even the Wine Train rolls into town.
It’s called Cheers St. Helena and although it was just implemented last year, it’s as if it was always going on.
You take a purchased glass into the downtown shops, where sponsoring wineries fill it with your juice. You don’t drink too much, because you run into all your friends on the street and stop to talk.
It’s a great time.
Sadly, James and I have tapped our child care budget (for, like, the YEAR).
This means we will be sitting the first Cheers out.
Since we’re missing the townie fun, we’ve decided to celebrate in our own way.
Since friends who are attending the event will have to walk past our house, we’re hoping to snag them en route.
Since I’m working, taking care of babies and finishing a book (ew gross! not another blogger book!*), I’m strapped for time.
Since we have the equation Friends + No Time = Party, well, I’ll be serving some three ingredient appetizers.
Since there’s White Sangria, we have to think a little more about what food works.
Since it’s life, it has to be deliberate.
Let’s look at three of these three ingredient appetizers. Let’s have a snack.
Tomato, Mozzarella, Basil
You won’t count the sprinkling of sea salt and splash of balsamic vinegar as extra ingredients, will you? Even though it’s not really tomato season, I serve as is. But you could serve these flavors in a bread salad, a panini or tossed with pasta.
Fig, Thyme, Sharp Cheddar
Obviously, the Cheese/Fruit/Herb combination works for me here. This flavor combination could be part fig jam or dried figs. These flavors work best with the addition of bread and a smile.
Salsa, Chips, Cheese
We shall make cheesy nachos. We shall mound shredded Monterey Jack cheese on tortilla chips and bake until the cheese melts at 380 degrees. We shall dip them in salsa. These go well between sips of Sangria.
*does it make it better if it’s a cookbook?