Dinner Parties and More

A Cheese Course? Of Course

“A MEAL WITHOUT CHEESE IS A ONE-EYED BEAUTY”      This quote is attributed to Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin. He was an eighteenth-century lawyer and politician as well as a noted epicure who is credited with many other quotes regarding food. A Wonderful Addition      I think a cheese course is a wonderful addition to any meal. It is usually inserted between the main meal and dessert. When we are hosting a dinner party, we have found that dessert is often too heavy an addition after a huge meal, and replacing dessert…

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My Name Is Bob. And I’m A Butteroholic.

An Erma Bombeck quote: The other night my husband took me to dinner. We were having a wonderful time when he remarked,” You can certainly tell the wives from the sweethearts.” I stopped licking the stream of butter dripping down my elbow and replied, “What kind of crack is that?”      And  who can blame her? While I’ve never licked butter dripping off my elbow, I have had it drop off my chin on many occasions. Popcorn, sweet corn, and toast immediately come to mind. But there are others.      Because…

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Starting A Flame In Her Heart

How To Get Your Guest’s Attention        To serve a cocktail with pizazz, I’d like to recommend an Oaxaca Old Fashioned. Oaxaca is pronounced “wuh-HAH-kuh.” I know. It sounds like a city in Wisconsin, but instead it’s a vacation spot in Mexico.        The traditional whiskey is replaced by tequila and mescal (or mezcal). The ratio of mescal to tequila can vary. I like even parts so I can taste a bit more of the mescal. Other recipes use 1 1/2 ounces of tequila to 1/2 ounce mescal. Not only is this an attention getter…

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Marbella

Your First Dinner Party? Start Simple.

Keep It Really Simple      If you’re interested in hosting a dinner party, don’t start with a sit-down dinner for eight.      Host a dinner with yourself and one other person. Pick an elegant but simple recipe and perfect it. A simple but exquisite dish is Chicken Marbella.  It may take several iterations to get it right, but your patience will be rewarded. It’s Showtime      Next try a dinner party for four. Serve the dish you have practiced preparing, and figure out how to make it special. Pick…

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Parties and Gatherings – Having People Over

     There are many reasons to have a party, but it’s mainly about wanting to mingle with the people we enjoy.      Your friends will be touched to be invited, and that you will be welcoming them into your home. It shows affection, and it’s a wonderful way to show appreciation for their friendship.       A party can also satisfy many of our social and emotional needs as human beings. It’s a chance to explore personalities and to mesh friendships. It’s also a chance to meet new people and to be introduced to new thoughts and ideas. And always remember,…

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Ziti In The City

MY LITTLE DITTY ABOUT ZITI IN THE CITY So, what’s new with Carrie Bradshaw? It’s ziti in the city not sex in the city that Carrie craves these days. This urban beauty is sitting pretty while living on royalties quite handsomely. She’s lounging in lounges and celebrity, leads a life of simplicity, and currently, she’s reading Thurber’s The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.    And what’s occupying her time? Forget the men, the shoes, the couture, and the city. It’s huge hot casseroles of gooey cheesy baked ziti.    Well, Carrie. Guess…

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Liver Pâté. Trust Me. You’ll Love It.

FIFTY WAYS TO LOVE YOUR LIVER      You can close your louver, leave your lover, go to the Louvre, or visit Rod Laver, but this is about liver. Yes, liver.      This is one thing your mother was right about – liver is good for you. It contains lots of vitamins (A, B & D) and iron. But when I ask people if they like liver, I usually get a negative response, and many people are actually repulsed at the thought of eating it. Liver Aficionados      Cats, on the other hand,…

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Bangers And Mash

     The last thing I need is to get addicted to another comfort food, but I’m afraid that’s exactly what’s happened. And what is it? Bangers and mash, that British pub classic you may not have tried, but you’ve probably at least heard of. It’s basically sausage, mashed potatoes, and gravy but with some adds that I think makes it absolutely magical. So, What’s A Banger?      First of all, lets talk bangers. Search out and find a simple pork sausage in a casing such as bratwurst. I think the best are…

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Rib roast

The Standing Prime Rib Roast

A Regal Presence On The Table      Preparing and serving a prime rib roast is always an event. Its regal presence on a table makes the occasion special, and its aroma can get my digestive juices flowing faster than any other food. It’s also interesting to watch our guests catch the first whiff of what’s in the oven. When they realize it’s prime rib, their excitement is almost palpable.     As human beings, we seem to continue to love meat. Our long history of the way we’ve consumed our eatables goes all of the way…

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