Grilled-Chicken Tacos (photo and recipe by foodandwine.com)

I made these simple tacos for an informal impromptu luncheon for some friends on a beautiful spring afternoon after gardening all morning. I think there are times to let the side dish shine a little, or in this case the condiment, so I made fresh salsa verde to go with the tacos and tortilla chips, rather than use a jarred version.

It was a nice stress-free lunch, and afterward we enjoyed an even simpler dessert of fresh strawberries, angel food cake and vanilla ice-cream. I was happy that we were able to make time for friends without having to be so fancy.