Today’s Recipe: Block Party!

New to our neighborhood, we were invited to help our neighbors close down the street, lug grills and lawn chairs up the culdesac, and enjoy a good old-fashioned get-together.

Everyone brought their own drinks and meat for grilling along with a salad or dessert to share. We filled up on food … and gossip. In her book, Dakota, Kathleen Norris said, “… gossip done well can be a holy thing … It can strengthen community bonds. Gossip provides comic relief for people under stress … Gossip can help us give a name to ourselves.”

The kiddos rode bikes.

Who knew?! Stella’s favorite new friend she made during her summer t-ball season is our neighbor! His parents moved in this past spring.

Stella even talked him into letting her try out his cool Radio Flyer scooter.

It was a wonderful evening and Stella exclaimed (after noticing my mostly empty salad bowl), “They ate it!” as if it were a completely foreign concept to bring a SALAD to a potluck and have everyone eat it.

In the mood to share more secrets, here’s one:

Southwestern Potato Salad

MAKES: 6 servings


  • 6 cups cooked potatoes, cut into 3/4″ cubes
  • 1 cup fresh corn, cooked and chilled
  • 1 roasted red pepper, chopped
  • 1/4 cup red onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 T cilantro, finely chopped
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 2 T red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 t salt
  • pepper, freshly cracked

  1. Amy says:

    These posts always make me so hungry!

  2. Meg says:

    Amy~ Wish we were neighbors, then we could share recipes! And food!

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