And now, I've created my own version. It goes like this: If you give Maria a Lemon Thyme herb plant,
the variegated Lemon Thyme that she can find locally only at Trader Joe's every other year . . .
chances are she's going to want to bake something special . . .
When she makes the cake, she'll realize she needs to put together a tablescape to go with it.
She'll want to use her Botanical Citrus Salad plates from Williams-Sonoma, showcasing limes . . .
blood oranges . . .
grapefruits . . .
and, of course, lemons!
To complete the table, she'll realize she needs a nice centerpiece . . .
Some lemony yellow roses interspersed with creamy whites . . .
Set on a vase surrounded by lemon slices . . .
Once the table is set, she'll want to invite some friends for lunch . . .
If she invites some friends, it'll dawn on her that she's now going to have to prepare some food, because, unfortunately, it won't magically appear in her kitchen. She makes a nice arugula salad with shaved Parmesan cheese and dressed with a lemon vinaigrette . . .
using her precious olive oil, bought in Italy last year while she was traveling in Tuscany.
Then, she'll prepare one of her favorite dishes: Chicken Marbella, from the Silver Palate Cookbook.
The chicken is prepared with yummy treats like olives, capers, prunes, garlic, oregano, and, of course, more precious olive oil . . . All those good things that remind her of the Mediterranean . . .
Then it's sprinkled with brown sugar, which will caramelize during baking and flavor the chicken beautifully . . .
Once the chicken is done, she'll need to turn her attention to the beverages, and, since her mind is still taking a short trip back to Italy, Pallini Palmers seem perfect for the occasion!
Made with her favorite Arnold Palmer recipe, and adding a generous portion of Pallini Limoncello,
It's a perfect summer drink!
There are a lot of lemons in this post, but as Mae West once famously said: “Too much of a good thing can be wonderful!”
She and her guests can glance at her flowering clematis in the backyard, just to cleanse their visual palate . . .
Her friends will come and share the food, the drinks, and some lovely conversation on a beautiful summer afternoon . . .
And chances are . . . she'll have so much fun, she'll want to do it again and again!