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What I cooked this weekend: An all-American dinner

August 29, 2011 |  3:35 pm

Heirloom toms1 (1 of 1) Our friends Jenni and Philip are about to move back to London for a year, and so, as a goodbye, three of us decided to cook them an all-American dinner.

The menu:

Gin and tonic made with Hendrick’s gin, Fever Tree tonic water and lemon verbena.

Crudités with red pepper dip (a recipe from former L.A. Times Food section editor Leslie Brenner).

Heirloom tomatoes from the Santa Monica farmers market with goat cheese.

(You can see we were worried someone might go hungry.)

Southern fried chicken from the Ad Hoc cookbook by Thomas Keller. Fried ck1 (1 of 1)

Cole slaw.

Potato salad.

Homemade clover-leaf dinner rolls.

And for dessert, homemade vanilla bean ice cream with Nancy Silverton’s satiny hot fudge sauce.

Readers, it was a wonderful dinner party. I got home at 2 a.m. 

It’s never too soon to start planning a welcome home menu. Is it?


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-- S. Irene Virbila

Photos: heirloom tomato salad, fried chicken. Credit: S. Irene Virbila/Los Angeles Times.