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War! What is it Good For?

Dear E,

Hi! Phew! Little chicks are a lot of work! This is why we had a leisurely dinner about a month ago and also why I haven't written about it yet!

For dinner, I threw together a couple of salads.

The old summer standby: tomatoes, balsamic, basil, mozzarella.

tomato salad
tomato salad

A new trial: Mark Bittman's Roasted Sweet Potato salad from How to Cook Everything Vegetarian. Minus the raisins, plus celery (swapping an E-hated item for a E-slightly-less-hated item?).

sweet potato salad
sweet potato salad

I wanted to like this salad more than I did. It was just ok.

N picked up pre-formed burgers at Golden Steer in Bellevue and grilled them.

E's plate
E's Plate

On the social networks Saturday morning, Alton Brown posted about his favorite summer drink, Cucumber Lemonade Gin Punch. It sounded great so I added it to the menu. I'd drink it again. I kept the gin separate so that anyone who wanted just the cucumber-lemonade could have it solo.

gin cucumber lemonade
gin cucumber lemonade

After dinner, we finally played Risk Legacy (BGG). Talk about contentious!

Risk: Legacy
Risk: Legacy

Wargames and dice-rolling are probably your two least favorite game categories! But you soldiered on and tried to beat G's troops back. Unfortunately he was still able to win.

I found that I started playing the game the same way I used to play Risk, despite not having played Risk in over 20 years. This was not that great of a strategy.

I was sort of sad that we didn't get to open any packets but I was really excited when we got to do the end of game modifications. I really like the concept of a game that changes over time depending on who plays it and how the games are won.

It's just too bad it's a dice-rolling wargame!

See you next time!

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