Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Feast at Our House…

When Laurie’s sister and brother-in-law, Bonnie and Bill made plans to come and visit us, we thought that we should have some friends over for dinner party at our place.  Laurie and Bonnie spent quite a bit of time planning this event… Two couples that were going to be in town signed on for our little gathering.

I hung up my tongs and turned the grilling over to Bill.  I just slap meat on the grill at full heat and cook fast… On the other hand, Bill is a master, basting, coaxing and coddling the meat to near perfection.

Bill and Bonnie brought these 10 thick pork steaks with them from St. Louis Missouri.  They are beautiful hunks of meat!  Bonnie mixed up a special marinade and Bill slowly basted the pork steaks.  When they were almost cooked, he finished some of them with spicy BBQ sauce, some with a sweet and tangy BBQ sauce…and some he just put a little more marinade on…

Bonnie and Laurie put a lot of work into planning and preparing for this little dinner party.  They made BLT appetizers, as well as a great pasta dish served at room temperature that included spinach, pesto and peas. (I really liked this pasta dish as a leftover…heated up with some extra parmesan sprinkled on it) I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention Laurie’s great deviled eggs as well… The ladies didn’t forget the vegetables either.  In addition to the cherry tomato/BLT appetizers, we enjoyed a large quantity of very thin and tender steamed asparagus.

Joel and Holly were two of our dinner guests… They're retired but Joel operates a business that trains people like me, (who are a bit slow), to use various software systems.  He also fixes software issues for his clients.  If you live in East Tennessee, you can check Joel’s services out at

This is Larry aka ‘Big Dude’ with his better half, Beverly.  Larry is a fellow blogger and he can really produce some extra fine BBQ.  Check his blog out at

Bill took this photo of Larry, myself and Joel…as we sipped our refreshments and watched him grill those great pork steaks.  It was a tough job…but hey!...we were up to the task…

Here’s a photo of part of our banquet ‘spread’ on one of our kitchen counters… Nothing like a little corn on the cob just to top off those pork steaks!

This was another  critical ingredient for our feast.  Bev makes the best yeast rolls ever!  I ‘controlled’ myself on this occasion and I only had 3 of them… Beverly can bake and cook!

Laurie took this photo of our group around the dinner table… From the left: Holly, Joel, Larry, Bonnie, Bill, Bev and me…

As if we hadn’t had enough to eat, Holly and Joel brought this fabulous fruit topped patriotic 4th of July cheesecake to the party!  The food was great and the company was even better… Life is good, even if the aging process can be a real pain!
Just click on any of the photos to enlarge them…
Thanks for stopping by for a visit!
Take Care, Big Daddy Dave  


  1. What a feast AND what good company :-). I'm sure you all had a fabulous time. Have a great evening. Blessings...Mary

  2. I think your last sentence sums it up and Bev and I were thankful to be included in the feast.

  3. Wow what a party! Good company, good food what else is there in life?
    All that meat is making me hungry for a bbq!


  4. Great party, great friends! All that food looks and sounds fantastic!!!

  5. Dear Dave, It really is nice having a get-together with good friends and family and some real good food. It looks like you had all of the above for a fine day. Blessings, Catherine