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Dinner is Served... 
Jan. 11, 2011 10:08 pm 
Updated: Jan. 12, 2011 8:07 pm
Forgive my silence of the last few days, but frankly I've been trying to figure out how to best tackle this post!

Sunday morning arrived, so CrazyCook got to work.  Much was already done, including the "building" of a lasagne, however I had held off setting the table.  Saturday night I received a phone call, informing me that the one couple had not yet found a suitable sitter, and that the wife of another couple had caught some form of "crud," and was not feeling well.  I remained positve, that things would fall in place by Sunday, but alas, they did not... in fact another guest informed me that she would not be able to attend!

It wasn't until all of this info had presented itself, that I removed two leaves from the antique dining table, traded table cloths, and only then began dragging out the fineries of my tableware.  Still persistant, I set 6 place settings, despite it looking as though there would be the five of us sit down to dine.  So be it!

I tried to focus on spending time with friends, visiting and catching up on news.  I have to admit however, that the underlying feeling of disappointment gurgled below the surface...  It had been some time since we'd entertained a larger group (with the exception of Thanksgiving... a different setting altogether!)  Also, after spending most of a week's worth of energy on cleaning house, prepping for the meal, and the like, it did all seem rather anticlimactic.  Still, I forged ahead, looking forward to the first of guests to arrive. 

To say that the meal I had prepared was more than "overkill," would be a true blue statement, having planned on as many again hungery folks!  As for the two couples, I'm told that they were as upset about having to miss the event as I was... as for the final missing guest, I am at a loss!  Regardless, the leftovers abound, though I do hope they will not go to waste!  Despite events, we did have a wonderful evening, enjoyed much good food, a few beverages of the adult nature, and so on...  Perhaps another time, it will all come together as planned!

I had intended on posting some pics I took that morning, however I neglected to load them to the website, so alas, I will have to end this, and return shortly, after all is said and done!  Were I "brighter" at this hour, I could probably figure out how to set this aside, without losing it...  Have done that a few times, lose my post, that is!  More later, stay crazy!
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Jan. 12, 2011 3:12 am
I love your place setting! I have a thing about dishes, I wish I had room for more! ;-) Sorry that events didn't turn out as you had planned, but sounds like you had fun anyhow.
Jan. 12, 2011 7:18 am
Beautiful place settings! And the lasagne, even more beautiful! Will you invite me next time? I promise I will show up and even bring you a bottle of wine! I know that feeling of dissapointment, but look at it this way, at least you have a clean house and some nice leftovers to freeze for when you don't feel like cooking. :0
Jan. 12, 2011 7:35 am
oh Stevie your table looks great, and the lasagna looks so good....sorry things didn't come togather like you wanted, but sounds like you all had a nice meal & fun...ttyl friend...judy
Jan. 12, 2011 10:28 am
So sorry you got stood up by so many all at once! That is so disappointing when you have laready done the bulk of the work. I have some weird aversion to eating food off dark plates, no idea why, LOL However, your table is stunning and the black and green very fresh looking!
Lee B 
Jan. 12, 2011 3:51 pm
Glad all ended well...and yum! Leftovers!!!
Jan. 12, 2011 6:46 pm
Thanks all, funny should be mentioned that "at least the house got cleaned..." I made that point myself, and truly did have a great time! I don't think it helped any that it had been overcast, dreary, and none to warm (hey, I'm in AZ for a reason!) Today, the sun shone! Be good, be happy, be crazy!
Jan. 12, 2011 8:07 pm
Your table is lovely and that lasagna looks yummy. I'm sorry your whole group couldn't show, they missed a good meal. Take comfort from knowing those who did get there had a good time and you have a sparkling clean home. You can mail me some of the leftovers.
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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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