The Primavera in Altadena Potluck Picnic on Saturday was the latter.
No gathering is complete without these shoestring potatoes, er pommes frittes, which were mandolined and double dipped in the fryer by Karin, the Altadena Hiker.
Debbi of Altadena Daily Photo served an amazing beef enchilida dish that featured beef that braised overnight.
Vanda of Toadberry brought the beautiful berry dessert (left below). Desiree, The Restless Chef, baked her 5-ingredients brownies (one of five chocolate desserts on the table). (All photos were shamelessly borrowed from Dianne, aka Mlle. Gramophone.)
I didn't snap a picture of my California Salad, ala Marston's Restaurant in Pasadena. This simple salad meets all my criteria for a good salad: something crisp (mixed greens), something crunchy (toasted pecans and diced apples), something sweet (mandarin oranges and yellow raisins), something soft (avocados), something protein (grilled chicken), something borrowed and something blue.
lettuce (I use mixed greens, but I sometimes prefer Boston Bibb lettuce)
green apples, diced
pecans, toasted (Marston's uses candied pecans, but I think that makes the salad too sweet.)
chicken breast, grilled
green onion, finely sliced
Marston's San Pasqual Salad Dressing is available at Marston's Restaurant or at Motif, a gift shop on Washington Blvd. in Pasadena.
You could also dress the salad in this light dressing that I used for Salad Nicoise. Just add a pinch of sugar to the recipe.
There's a rumor circulating that sangria was served. I'm sure it must have been the virgin version, but, if you're interested in the real thing, go to an earlier Open Mouth, Insert Fork post for the recipe for Susan's Sassy Sangria.