Appetizers Ready Early

Picnic Time   Grilling Franks   Piling It On   Eating Sweets  Working It Off

Warming Up

Although the hungry hoards bypassed the appetizers last year, this time they pounced ó not unlike a pack of starving wolves. These folks never stand on ceremony when food is involved! And who can blame them?

Someone brought a tray of fresh vegetables, which went virtually untouched, as in years past. What little did disappear from the veggie tray was the cauliflower and carrots, mainly because they didnít leave any green stuff between your teeth. The dip that went with the veggies was quite good, too. Added to those items was some salsa and hummus accompanied by corn chips and crackers. Oh, and donít forget those delicious deviled eggs, always a hit that disappears as quickly as a pack of piranhas can dispatch a capybara.

For about a half hour, folks contented themselves with the appetizers, soda, and conversation. Everybody did their best to enjoy some of everything offered. But the abundance turned out to be too insufficient for us foodies. I donít mean to imply that we ran out of appetizers. We just began craving a more substantial offering. But what next? When do we eat?

Let the Grilling Begin!

But oh! canít you smell that? Is it the heavenly smell of charcoals heating up? Yes! Unlike last year, our grill master Peter took over, and with strategic planning to rival the situation room, he got the coals ready on time. While the rest of us still grazed on appetizers, the grill master was beginning to lay out the goods: Polish sausage, Italian sausage, turkey sausage, foot-long franks, and veggie burgers for our plant eaters.

Bob, an Original Mature Friend with Our Resident Vegetarian, Retired Dr. Henry

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