My friend Karla invited me up to Topanga Canyon, CA where
she is a resident, for dinner and local outdoor theater one recent Friday
evening. It was a perfect night to be
outside as the days had been hot, hot, hot.
Usually in the Los Angeles area after sundown you need to put on a jacket
and long pants as it cools down very quickly, unlike those great summer nights
in the Midwest that I remember as a child.
So the jacket I wrapped around my waist stayed there all night long
under a beautiful and warm summer sky.
Karla, her daughter Kayla, a really cool K I D getting
ready to go off to college in a couple of weeks, and I drove the short way from
their home to the Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum, www.theatricum.com/ to have a pre theater picnic and then see the play, Rose Cottages, written by Bill Bozzone. One of the young actors in the play, Graco Hernandez,
is a product of the organization City Hearts, www.cityhearts.org/, a wonderful
organization my friends support. He and
all of the actors were fantastic! It was a wonderful night.
Here’s what Karla prepared for our picnic:
Tuna and Veggie Platter:
Tuna steak seasoned with salt and pepper, seared 2
minutes on each side. Roll in black and
white sesame seeds.
Yellow and Green Summer Squash
all on a bed of Baby Greens
Ginger Soy Dressing:
3 cloves of minced garlic
3 tablespoons minced fresh ginger
¾ cup olive oil
1/3 cup rice vinegar
½ cup soy sauce
3 tablespoons honey
¼ cup water
Mix well in jar with lid