Oh... how to make a long story short...? Well, here goes. Last spring I received an email from a stranger. The stranger, from Spain, was wondering how to get in touch with neighbors and close friends of ours. Why, of all people, was he contacting me? He had found them through LivingTastefully. Of course, I was suspicious. Yes, photos of Isla and Jeff have been on LivingTastefully's Passions to Pastry, but I never give last names. What in his search brought him to my blog in the first place? And most of all, were his questions legit or did he have nefarious intentions?
I forwarded the email onto my friends and found that they did know him. José had been a foreign exchange student many years ago and lived with Jeff and his family while attending high school for a year.
OK... I have had all of this explained to me several times -- how he put their names in search engines. But why did I come up? In one of José's searches he found a photo of Jeff and Isla at one of our New Year's Day celebrations. I still don't get it -- especially with nothing more than first names in my postings. But as my daughters always say -- "Mom, you aren't the first to know things." Or, as I'll admit, not the first to understand things, either.
Recently, José and his wife Marisa were in the Twin Cities for a class reunion, from his days as an exchange student. We finally were able to meet and one evening, along with friends Isla and Jeff, José and Marisa joined us for dinner!
Probably the most amazing thing of all, were the photos Marisa showed me of dishes she had prepared from recipes she found on Passions to Pastry.
José and Marisa
Grilled Shrimp with Watermelon, Basil, Corn, and Burrata was dinner that night. I'm crazy about this dish. Most important is that you have the freshest summer produce when making this. It may just be getting a little too late for that.
+ Grilled Shrimp with Watermelon, Basil, Corn, and Burrata