As is usual when I go home to Arizona, both Papa and Mama Bender pulled out all the stops for some delicious homemade meals. I like to think that my being there has some influence on their menu selections, but in reality they are just great chefs.
First up, Mama Bender made homemade French onion soup.
This was incredible and, in Mama Bender style, completely organic. From the stock to the onions to the melted cheese topping, it sure beat the frozen French onion soup blocks from Costco. Took a lot less time to make, too.
Next up was homemade spaghetti from Papa Bender, though the noodles themselves were admittedly store bought. 😉 The lamb meatballs were what really made this dish.
Another hit was this seasoned steak with mushrooms, red pepper, Swiss chard and corn.
Of course, there was also pizza night. PB tried something new by spreading olive oil over the crust and topping it with shrimp, artichokes, kalamata olives, feta and spices. It made for a great Mediterranean twist.
Meanwhile, MB kept the usual veggie delight alive and well.
On our last night, Papa Bender went all out with a salmon dish topped with calamari rings and a rich cream sauce. I promise I will try to get all of his recipes, as well as my mom’s French onion soup ingredients, as soon as I talk to them again.
We certainly ate well. Other weekend highlights included cake for the graduate.
A red velvet cake from Coldstone, to be exact. So. Good. So. Bad for you. So. Worth it.
We also celebrated National Wine Day (Papa Bender pointed it out, not me)!
And margarita night…just because we could.
Last but not least, there were chocolate old-fashioned sodas. Make these immediately!
I swear these were spaced out over six days. And training runs.
Or were they?
In all seriousness though, it was a great weekend to relax, indulge and play some golf.
Not to mention do a bit of reading by the pool.
How did you spend your long weekend?