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the DINNER PARTY 
 
Jan. 3, 2011 9:34 pm 
Updated: Jan. 5, 2011 5:47 am
While I do love to entertain, it was nice to be invited as a guest to a rather "swanky" soiree for a change!  Our hostess out did herself totally... slaving over a hot stove for the first time in "eight years," as she said!

The entree was some name I've never heard, so won't attempt to spell!!  Boils down (in laymans terms,) to steaks cooked in a wine sauce, topped with goose pate (foie gras) - ok shoot me!  Top of that was a baby bella mushroom, all swimming the the wine sauce, steamed asparagas, and duchess potatoes that were prepared to perfection!  Having offered to bring a dessert (not my forte by far) we took individual "mince" pies, Christmas Plum Pudding, and true  Creme Anglaise, our hostess being of Brit blood!!  Naturally the topic of conversation during the meal, WAS THE MEAL!  Our gracious host made sure that all knew the desserts were all made from scratch, including the mince(meat.)  The next thing I know, I'm stepping in doo, offering to have the entire group to our place Sun 9th, for my signature meal, Lasagne!!!  WHAT WAS I THINKING?  Christmas is stilll piled up on two tables in our dining room, plus the remaining tree in the living room...  Not only do I have to pull this meal together, but pack away the holiday, and just for fun clean the entire house!

This morning over my "wake up coffee," I checked my shopping list, after having pulled out of the freezer supplies on hand...  Get cleaned up, feed the dogs and I, and off to the grocery... for necessities, however, will have to venture out one more time, closer to the day, to pick up fresh salad fixin's and a loaf of French bread...  WHAT WAS I THINKING?  I have at least made it known that I no NOTHING about wine, suggesting (tongue in cheek) that I could pick up a "box" this week!!  Audie made sure to make a note, that she and Ron would be supplying some wine... wonder why?   Instead, I will get started on the sauce, shove all the holiday boxes back into their closet (along with the tree, of course,) and simply attempt to get a jump start on the meal...  Just for  fun this week, I also need to move everything in my bedroom around making room for the low dresser that's been sitting in the middle of the floor in this (sitting) room, thus making room for the folding table to be stored back here, instead of in the dining room, piled to the ceiling...  WHAT WAS I THINKING?  Perhaps Fri I'll run to the store, after looking at this weeks ads come Weds (another good thing to do during "wake up coffee!") 

The clock is ticking, however I do have most of the meatsauce ingredients, noodles etc, so a quick run to our closest grocery, and I'll be all set to rock & roll!  I'm in hopes that you all know me well enough by now, that as we've not had a gathering (to speak of) for some time, I really am looking forward to the group joining us... will be nice to set the table again, and to sit down to my "signature" meal, with these new, and not so new, friends!! 

Silly me, was just wondering what to do for a dessert...  As one guest of last Sunday will be home in England come the 9th, I did invite my buddy Rose, who immediately offered to bring HER specialty, Pineapple Upside Down Cake!!  Why, I do believe that I have the meal covered, have plenty of coffee and tea, the wine being chosen and supplied, and the dessert!  I guess I can take it easy till...?  WHAT WAS I THINKING?  LOL!

"Bring it On!"  I'm more than "up" for this... knowing me however, I will stress all day Sunday, perhaps part or all of Saturday, but I wouldn't be "me" if I didn't!  Would it be tacky to set the table mid week?  Joking, of course, but might just get a "box" of wine, for the "yucks" of it all!  I do believe that CrazyCook may just have gone off the deep end... but that's what life is all about, right.. making new friends, and sharing!  We are already confirmed for a gathering of 8, in hopes of hearing from the final couple in the next few days... 

Guess that's it for tonight... if not "cookin crazy," guess plain "bein crazy" works too!
 
Comments
judy 
Jan. 4, 2011 5:01 am
oh my Stevie, sounds like the dinner was great, and i know you will get every thing pulled together and your meal will be great also... face it you are meant to host...thats what makes you happy, and you do it sooooo well ....judy
 
Lace 
Jan. 4, 2011 9:30 am
Wow, Stevie, I need some of whatever you're on!!! Just joking, of course! It must be the anticipation of having your own dinner party for a change? Glad you had such a great time at "THE DINNER". I bet you are quite a fine host albeit a bit "crazy". Love your blogs as usual. Happy New Year!
 
Lee B 
Jan. 4, 2011 5:23 pm
That dinner sounded wonderful.Glad to hear you had some "homemade" dishes. Am sure you will get everything ready and looking great by Sunday.Tacky to have the table set ahead of time? No! I sometimes do that a couple of days ahead of the "event" to save time later.If it is tacky to save some time, and be able to take care of other things...guess I am guilty of being tacky,and cRaZy many times. As for your question "WHAT WAS I THINKING?" Perhaps even with the stress..admit it..you love to entertain. (within reason! LOL!) HAPPY NEW YEAR!
 
Jan. 4, 2011 6:47 pm
Thanks friends! Definately looking fwd to Sunday, but must admit ran myself so hard today, needed a short nap after dinner! Still have much to do... All in time! More later!
 
Jan. 5, 2011 5:47 am
fun blog....good luck on your dinner!
 
 
 
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About Me
Started cooking many years ago, and learned as I went. First meal may have been "steak & chips" at age 15, in Birmingham England, where I lived for several years. Mostly grew up in MI, transplanted to the desert 30yrs ago, or so. Favorite cookbook is "Better Homes", also enjoy "Great British Cooking, a well kept secret." Hesitate to call myself "expert," but friends do rave...
My favorite things to cook
Italian has been my "specialty" for some time, and my "signature" meal is Lasagne, salad, garlic bread, which I first made 20yrs ago... from SCRATCH, very first time I made it. (Never again, folks...) Now start with a big jar of sauce!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Thanks to my heritage, I have enjoyed trying foods from different cultures. We still have beer battered fish, and chips of course; ground meat dishes often, chicken occasionally, pork too. I would love to submit a bean dip recipe, however, my ex who gave me the original has passed, and I have no way to verify that it didn't come from another source! I also enjoy British cooking (with a few yankee twists) and once made Plum puddings, also known as Christmas puddings, as far as I know... what an ordeal that was, but well worth the effort. Today, there is mail order!
My cooking triumphs
Greatest triumph was not too long ago, when I held a sit down dinner for 12, Lasagne being the entree. It was a fund raiser I chose to sponsor, and am proud to say that "we" raised over $1000 from that meal alone, minimum donation being $25. All proceeds collected were donated; my partner and I provided the meal and beverages.
My cooking tragedies
MEATLOAF of all things! Went through a stage of "winging" it each time, and I pulled one after another out of the oven that were almost unedible. As yet, not too big on baking... no sweet tooth here! Have dabbled, but find doughs/pastries especially difficult, perhaps as it's 90 degrees in my kitchen much of the year.
 
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