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!