I’ve always been fascinated by the art of entertaining. As a small child, I would watch my mother and grandmother effortlessly moved around the kitchen - expertly preparing beautiful dishes, setting a strategic pace, and tying last-minute details together. Our guests were graciously invited to join us at the table, a spot set with them in mind. After everyone was seated, the food was served.
As I grew up and had a family of my own, I carried on the tradition of entertaining - but not at first. Our very first home had a galley kitchen which I can honestly never remember utilizing. Most of our social interactions were around the restaurant table. It wasn’t until we were relocated to Iowa that I began to crave the social interactions that went on around my family table. At the time, I was 24 years old with a baby and no social network. By becoming involved in my community and reaching out to fellow moms, I was able to form an amazing circle of friends. Many of the couples had diverse backgrounds, had been world travelers and experienced the cultural differences that our world provides. Sunday evenings became a time in which we would gather together to share stories, an occasional drink, and food. With such a diverse group of friends, we ultimately decided to create themes for our Sunday get togethers. They varied from Asian to French to Italian and even South African one evening. (Our friends from Chad were especially excited to prepare a meal from their homeland). During that time in our lives, we not only broadened our palates but we also formed lifelong friendships. Never doubt the power of a dinner table to bring people together.
How does chimichurri fit into this story? Flank steak with chimichurri sauce was one of the first dishes I made for our communal dinners. Chimichurri is a marinade that hails from Argentina and Uruguay. A simple and fresh sauce that consists of herbs, garlic, and olive oil. A lighter twist off of that recipe, I created this simple roasted vegetable wrap with our dried chimichurri spice blend. All the herbs and spices you would find in a traditional sauce condensed into an incredibly convenient spice blend.