Saturday, March 7, 2009

Dinner for Eight

We are planning a wonderful evenings with guests. Six, old and comfy friends are coming for dinner and I'm having a great time cooking. Here's the menu:
  • Cream cheese w/ "Texas Longhorn Jalapeno Dip Mix"/Crackers (Seriously folks, if you can find this "nectar of the gods", buy a couple of jars - we found it at a little kitchen shop in Truckee, Ca. - it is wonderful on sandwiches or anything you like. It is sort of sweet - almost bread & butter pickle-like but with a bite. Good stuff.)
  • Pomegranate Cosmos - Ina G style - i.e. by the pitcher
  • Red Wine
  • White Wine
  • Roasted Caprese Salad - Ina G style - ubiquitous, I know
  • Artichokes & Chicken - Hubby style  - This is his "signature dish" and he used it to woo me all so long ago. Served over some special pasta.
  • Pan-Roasted Root Vegetables - Ina G style -This is wonderful as it includes turnips, carrots, parsnips, celery root, brussel sprouts, celery and fresh thyme. Perfect winter-time fare.
  • Garlic Ciabatta Bread - Ina G style - warm bread with lots of garlic, parsley, fresh oregano and butter....can you say "breath mint?"
  • Fresh Banana Cake & Fudge Frosting - followed with decaf & tea.
Hope you are all having a wonderful Saturday, as well!


Kathy G said...

You sound like you're quite a fan of The Barefoot Contessa.

Stella Jones said...

Artichokes and chicken? Please can I see a picture of this. I can't imagine what this looks like. I hope you have a wonderful meal. I don't know how to prepare artichokes and I've never eaten them. (Have pity on me).
Blessings, Star

Kathy's Klothesline said...

Oh, YUM! I love artichokes. As you enjoy your feast I will no doubt resort to Peanutbutter and Jelly. Or maybe if I am feeling adventurous...Oatmeal with dried cherries (picked off my trees and dried last summer by me, of course).

Jo said...

Omigosh! Can I come over for dinner!?

Now I'm hungry.

Have a wonderful time!

Tess Kincaid said...


I love Ina, too.

Have you tried her ginger chicken? It's out of this world.

Nancy said...

Hi Star - My husband said he took a pic for us before the artichokes and chicken went into the oven - I'll get him to send it to me and I'll post the recipe. It turned out quite well.

Hi Kathy G - Yes, I do like Ina for entertaining. Her food is always good but not pretentious. Also, it is my newest cookbook.

Kathy's Klosthesline, Jo, and Willow - would love to have you all over for dinner!

Jen said...

I am going to make the roasted tomato caprese this week- I am quite excited about it.

TheChicGeek said...

Yum! I wanna come to your party :)
Have a Great Time!

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