Sunday, November 14, 2010

Welcome to Sunday Supper

Can you tell the weather is stunning?  I almost cannot contain myself.  The days are warm and the evenings are cool.  Wow!

I have been getting some ribbing from my northern friends who cannot fathom the idea that anyone in Florida would ever need a fire place.  Worse, to have one built into your home.  I am guilty on both counts.  I live in the northwest part of Florida known as the Panhandle.  In North Florida we do not have a tropical climate which secures 85 degrees in the summer with a breeze.  Ours is more like 100 degrees, and you cut the air with a knife, the humidity is so thick, the air is stagnant.  However, come Autumn our temps are mild.  Days are often warm and nights are cool.  Some mornings have already been down right chilly.  We have woken up to the 30's and this my friends is when I turn on the gas fireplace ( I can hear the chuckles already about the gas fireplace).

No recipes today, just a few photographs from our weekly supper gathering.

Feels like Spring.  If I did not tell you that the outside air was cool, you would not believe me. 


Appears, that I am confused because there is still fresh zucchini that is available at the farmer's market. As I often say, the summer squash that is the gift that keeps on giving.


Wine, salad and pasta-It does not get any better


Did I mention the pasta?  No heavy sauce just yet, that will be arriving soon.



Enjoy!

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43 comments:

My Carolina Kitchen said...

It's been lovely here on the gulf coast of south Florida also. Cool in the mornings too. I can't get over how much cooler it is in the mornings on this coast than it is on the east coast. Not sure if that's normal or not.

Love your Sunday supper idea. Please pass that delicious Caesar salad.
Sam

LindyLouMac said...

I would love to be joining you for this delicious looking Sunday Supper in that mild climate :)

Lea Ann said...

Delicious looking dinner. I agree, wine salad and pasta make a fabulous meal and especially for a gathering of friends.

Michael Toa said...

Yum... so what time is supper? hehe...

Chef E said...

LOL why does the last photo look like a rebuttal of what you said at the beginning? he he

I have been in that backyard and that makes these just that much more special! YUM!

ThatJewCanCook said...

"Wine, salad and pasta-It does not get any better", totally agree. Also nice you listed the most important ingredient first!
--Andy

Lyndsey said...

Yes our weather here in southwest Florida is picture perfect...low 80s in the day 60s at night. I would like it with a little more humidity though, it's been so dry for us! One nice thing is we never reach 100 on the coast here.

Your supper looks lovely, I like that zucchini keep on giving. Good wine, good food, good friends, good weather....sounds like a winning combination to me.

Dishesdone said...

Great looking dinner! The weather has been beautiful here in NY, too! We're grilling dinner again tonight! Looks like a lovely gathering, and perfect weather, doesn't get better than that :)

Pierce said...

As usual, your photos look like you work for Bon Appetite or a fancy foodie magazine. Lovely....the presentaion and the dishes..

I totally get you about northerners thinking, a cold snap here..really? I am from Philly originally but I can tell you - the blood thins living down here!

A Canadian Foodie said...

I love Sunday Suppers and you do them so well! Enjoyed your post over at Andy's too!
:)
Valerie

Jen_from_NJ said...

Enjoy the great weather, food and wine - all delightful!

Anncoo said...

Really enjoyed looking at these food, sooo delicious ;D

Claudia said...

Your Sunuday supper sings. Your weather sings. But I am not in the mood to talk about weather.

Julie said...

What a delicious dinner! I love pasta, salad and of course the wine! :) I think if I lived in your area, I would so turn on that fireplace when the nights cooled off. The fireplace is my favorite part of our long, cold winters in the midwest.

From the Kitchen said...

My sister lives in Leesburg and my niece lives in Mt. Dora. They both have fireplaces and use them. Personally, I like four definite seasons and prefer fall, winter and spring over summer. Pasta and salad sounds perfect no matter what the weather!

Best,
Bonnie

Chef Dennis said...

the weather is a little seasonal today too, just a little crispness in the air...sigh...what a great time of year! I hope you had a wonderful sunday supper, thanks for sharing your day with us!
Dennis

lakeviewer said...

So tempting! Lucky you, Velva, with access to so much fresh produce. These dishes look scrumptious.

pansy said...

looks like springtime !

Marguerite said...

Our weather has been gorgeous, too, but is changing, today. Love your Sunday suppers! The salad looks so fresh and the pasta looks divine! Love that tablecloth, too! I have one that is very similar, that I got at World Market. Cheers!

Farmchick said...

Wine, salad, and pasta?! Excellent!! I do envy your fresh produce, just a bit.

Jessica said...

This looks heavenly!!

teresa said...

what a lovely day, and the food looks like it made it even better!

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

Heavy frost here today! That food looks very appetising Mmmmmm Diane

Design Wine and Dine said...

When I read your Sunday night dinner posts, I always wish I could have been there eating your lovely food and enjoying a few glasses of wine!

Looks delicious and like it was a perfect night!

Barbara said...

Northern Florida is a LOT different weather-wise from Southern Florida. And I know when you say "Florida" everyone naturally thinks warm. You have some hard freezes up there in the Panhandle! And there are even times I wish I had a fireplace!!

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

What beautiful food! I love the idea of a Sunday get-together. It wraps up the weekend so nicely!

Paula said...

what a great blog!
here is so many inspirations,

have a nice time,
Paula

Foodessa said...

It's nice to get to know a little more about your part of Florida.
Glad you're enjoying the weather so much.
We're soon going to get winter wonderland any day now ;o)

Have a great week and flavourful wishes,
Claudia

THE OLD GEEZER said...

Our weather is pretty nice year around where I live here in Southern California without the humidity. Of course we do have to deal with the earthquakes! :-)

Susan Fields said...

That looks like a delicious Sunday dinner! And that salad - yum!

Mags @ the Other Side of 50 said...

I'm late for dinner again. Looks delicious Velva!

Chocolate Freckles said...

MMMMMM nice sunday supper... pasta & wine is a no brainer!

Eliana said...

What an awesome looking dinner :)

We Are Not Martha said...

Aww the meal really does look springy. And so, so delicious!!

Sues

Raina said...

I do think a fireplace is warranted at 30 degrees..lol Although, that is mild compared to the temps we will be facing soon up north.

Your Sunday dinner looks so inviting, and that pasta dish with zucchini looks delicious.

Thanks for asking me about Sunday dinner. Sorry, I have not responded. Craziness here as usual. I will e.mail you soon:)

Sophie said...

MMMMM,..what a lovey dinner!! Great dishes!! They look so appetizing too!

Miss Meat and Potatoes said...

No it does not get much better! Can't wait to see what heartier pastas you make when it's colder though. I'm actually thinking about mixing things up and doing an Italian Christmas Eve dinner with pasta... Hard to beat!

The Japanese Redneck said...

Lots of good food for the Sunday gathering!

thefattyreader said...

I wish I lived in Florida! That looks like a lovely meal for a great-weather day.

LaDivaCucina said...

Velva, I love the texture of rigatoni pasta and think it's a great choice for a vegetarian dinner as it is so satisfying. I'm glad to see you serving a vegetarian meal too. Not because I am one or have any strong feelings about it but more because when I mention to other moms that a good way to save money is to make a vegetarian meal once a week, they balk and say their family can't go without meat.

All hail the fireplace, wherever a chill may be! Mm.....wood smell!

Mimi said...

I have to laugh, I live in San Diego with a climate similar to Florida's- winter day temps in the 70's and night time rarely below 32 and we moved into a house that had four fireplaces. I think the architect was a frustrated northerner.
As for your Sunday supers, the are always so inspiring.
Mimi

Emma said...

Wow, I made a pasta dish which looks very similar to yours the other day!

I also live in a hot climate, I would love to have a fireplace though!

Tiffanee said...

I am envying your weather and drooling over that dinner!! Yum. Would love the recipe for that pasta dish. It looks amazing!!

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