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A summer dinner party prep

“Oh, the summer night has a smile of light, and she sits on a sapphire throne.” Bryan Procter

I don’t know what it is about this summer, but it feels like a big one. The quote I opened with reminds me of how I feel right now. How I felt at camp this past weekend. Hiking. Grateful for the apex of a career that has to lead me to become an architect for collaboration platforms at one of the biggest companies in town. More open to making new friendships and actively working on reaching out to others. Being a better husband. And, yes, cooking for friends and family.

So the fresh Ohio corn I got at the Clintonville Farmers Market on Saturday inspired me to try something for the first time. A crab boil. Or Low-Country boil depending on where you are from. I am a huge fan of seafood, especially stewed. I’m also enamored with the idea of a meal that is so large that it’s meant for a celebration with neighbors, friends, and family. It’s what Eddie and I have always enjoyed about cooking. The time spent with people, laughter, storytelling, and mirth.

I’ve prepped the peaches for skinning. Staged the cobbler ingredients. Talked with mom about her tips on the best way to make the cobbler. Defrosted the crab, shrimp, and sausage. Tomorrow brings the test however in cooking two things I have never made before. We are having my cousin and her girlfriend over for dinner to celebrate sharing company together.

So here’s to summer… and his sapphire throne.

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