La Carta de La Noche Mexicana

We’re having a fiesta at The Glade. All our friends are invited.  The night is forecast to be hot and steamy. Ole!

Here’s the menu we’re planning:

Jamon y melon

Honeydew melon wrapped in ham.

Tortilla chips and  homemade salsa


Contents of Trader Joe’s guacamole kit with instructions.


Melted cheeses for queso dip

Tomatoes, cheese and herbs

Tomato slices alternated with mozarella and topped with pesto thinned with olive oil.

Grilled chicken on tortillas with jack cheese and salsa

Iced tea, Iced green tea, Cucumber water, Steeped lemon balm

Sparkling water with lemon or lime

I was going to try making one of my favorite desserts: Tres Leches Cake. I have a number of reason why I’m not making it this time.

  1. It’s too hot to start the oven.
  2. There’s not enough room in the refrigerator to store the cake.
  3. Other people tend to bring sweet dishes to our parties.

I looked for my old Herb Alpert records (that’s right, records) but couldn’t find them so I have 2 Dirty Dancing records (that’s right, volumes 1 and 2) which had the perfect music for a night in old Mexico. Charlie might need to drag an air conditioner onto the first floor (something we’ve never done) to dehumidify the party area.

The back porch seats at least 6 and is a great place to party as long as it doesn’t rain.

I’ve set up the side porch with citronella candles and a fan to blow the moquitoes away but it might be toooooo darn hottttt to sit outside. Maybe the young folks will make the effort.

How do you beat the heat?


Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

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