Hey look—we got our law degrees!
Somehow, in between all the cookie baking and general tomfoolery that made these past three years so wonderful, I got the job done. And so did all of my brilliant, wonderful, hilarious classmates that I already miss like crazy now that I am moved out of my apartment and back in Des Moines, where I’ll be for the summer while studying for the bar exam.
I am excited about whatever will come next…..but I’m also a little sad. I have always loved being a student, and law school was just so much fun. Fortunately, we had all kinds of family over to my parents’ house tonight for a graduation barbecue, so I couldn’t spend too much time being nostalgic. There was food prep to be done! My brother who lives in Colorado is here, as is my cousin who lives in Florida, so it was an extra-special family fiesta.
My parents made lots and lots of delicious food, but my favorite was a new dish that I have dubbed “Avocados de los Abogados.” (Two semesters of Spanish, thankyouverymuch.) This is essentially a zippy little corn salad that you can throw together the day before, stuffed inside half of a lightly grilled avocado. Yesterday, my dad grilled two ears of corn. It was not grilling weather, but we’re brave.
Then he sliced the corn off the ears and mixed up the salad, while I took photos and offered moral support.
Tonight, while grilling various meat-stuffs for the carnivorous family members, he grilled the avocados for just long enough to soften them a bit and get those sexy grill marks. Then I filled them with the corn salad, drizzled a little lime juice over the whole situation, and took this glamour shot:
We used 6 avocados, and the following ingredients for the corn salad (all measurements except the corn approximate):
- 2 ears of grilled sweet corn
- 1 c. quartered grape tomatoes
- 1/2 small red onion, finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
- 2 tsp olive oil
- 2 tbsp chopped cilantro
- pinch of cayenne pepper or chipotle powder
- lime juice, squeezed over the filled avocado halves before serving
Tomorrow I am checking out of my cozy little Iowa City apartment. It was a happy home for three years and I will miss it…..but I comfort myself with the thought that wherever I move next will have more counter space (to accommodate the KitchenAid stand mixer I dream of buying when someone actually hires me to do some lawyering).
Have a good week, everybody! And—if you happen to be a member of the IA Law class of 2011…..CONGRATS!