If I do say so myself, Patsy and I outdid ourselves this year (a good thing, since my sister wants a turn next year…)
I’ve linked to recipes when possible, we didn’t really follow them very closely, but they were a good starting point.
The full menu (absolutely everything was homemade, by us unless otherwise noted):
“Nibblies” (in honor of Grandpa Herb):
Kalamata Olive Tapenade
Bourbon Chicken Liver Pate
Tuna Poke, served on a bed of shaved daikon
Mediterranean arugula-fennel salad with proscuitto and pomegranate
Roasted Beet-apple soup
Nobu-style miso-glazed cod with seaweed salad
Poached egg with asparagus and miso butter (and homemade vienna bread)
Figs with pancetta and fourme d’ambert
Melon ‘sorbet’ as a palate cleanser
Smokey turkey shumai
Duck breast with truffled polenta and berry sauce
Dessert (made by my dad)
Salima’s parents are some of my best clients of all time – this is at least the seventh job I’ve done with them, mostly portraits, but also their wedding and an anniversary party. It’s always a pleasure to see them, and really a treat to be able to watch their daughter growing up in my pictures.
Patsy’s cousins and her aunt came to the studio this morning for a family portrait. We had a lot of fun setting up various configurations of people, and finished up with tons of fantastic family photos.
The older brother of these four came to my studio last year for graduation photos, and his family came back in advance of the younger brother’s graduation as well. It was a pleasure to see them again.
Today I spent mostly in Pocatello with my grandmother (below) – we visited some friends of hers who live out in a really beautiful farm area, and then stopped to pay our respects at the memorial garden for my dad’s sister Sarah. I’m heading to Utah tomorrow.