Mimi's Shopping List

1 bunch mint
1 bunch thyme
2 bunches basil
1 head garlic
1 bag mini tri-colored peppers
8 medium zucchinis (aka green squash)
4 leeks
3 bunches watercress
2 baking potatoes
1/2 large watermelon
12 lemons
6 meyer lemons
2  qt containers of tri - colored heirloom grape tomatoes
1 fennel bulb
2 bags mixed baby greens
1 cup pitted nicoise olives

4 pork tenderloins

1 1/2 lb parmigiano reggiano
1 lb burrata cheese
16 oz marscapone 
8  oz crème fraiche
8 oz feta cheese
1 dozen eggs

2  15 oz cans cannellini beans
extra virgin olive oil
1  10 oz package frozen sweet baby peas
1 baguette 
48 oz chickent stock
2 boxes spaghetti
40 lady fingers
juniper berries

3 bottles water with bubbles
3 tall white pillar candles (unscented)
3 quart size jars
blue ribbon
white napkins


  • STOP!  I am always going to remind you to check your pantry against your shopping list before you leave for the grocery store so you don't buy something you already have.
  • Make your life easy:  complete your shoppping at least one day before preparing a dish.
  • Organize your shopping list.  Add up the total amount of a single ingredient you will need for all dishes. List items to correspond with the layout of your supermarket.
  • We searched for firm, medium sized, unblemished zucchinis.  You don't peel them so they can't have a lot of bruising.
  • We were prepared to go forward with regular lemons but were lucky enough to find meyer lemons on sale at Wegman's.  Meyer lemons are very juicy, are less acidic than regular lemons and have a color that is a cross between a lemon and an orange.
  • We used watermelon.  Any melon is suitable for this salad, honeydew or cantaloupe is fine
  • Heirloom tomatoes can be pricey, however, when we were shopping they were on sale.  You can substitute any colored grape tomatoes for this salad that you like.
  •  If you can't find burrata cheese, salted mozzarella is fine in this recipe.
  • For a change of pace, we experimented with French feta cheese, which is much milder and creamier than Greek feta.
  • If you can't find crème fraiche, you can substitute sour cream in the recipe.
  • Lady fingers are hard.  Don't be alarmed if you have never worked with them before.  I was but Sue set me straight because she frequently makes tiramisu.
  • If you can't find juniper berries, increase the amount of gin in the recipe by 1/2.  We found them at Wegman's.

Thoughts on Wine

Simonet-Febvre Chablis 1er Cru Millesime 2010:  To me this is just a great summer wine to sip that also has enough flavor to accompany a meal -- even lemon spaghetti.  It has citrus and mineral overtones that just seem to go with everything.  I love it so we served it before with the hors d'oeuvres and during dinner.

Perrin L'Oustalet Organic Rhone:  When we were in Gigondas this summer we had lunch at the restaurant L'Oustalet which is one of the most memorable dining experiences I have ever had.  So, this wine caught my eye. No wonder, this is the house wine of the restaurant!  I experience chocolate and dark fruit on the nose and palate.  We tried it a week before the celebration and I decided to get the full effect, it should be decanted to open it up.  It really was a wonderful wine and again everyone drank it throughout the evening.  

Proper wine etiquette?  Who knows and who cares! Drink what you love and have a great time.  We certainly did!

Everyday Divas Celebrations
with Mimi and Sue
Summer Closer