Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Dinner Party

I'm in the midst of organizing the first dinner party that my apartment has seen since this summer. The last time we had people over, it was to reciprocate for the dinner they held for us (which, I might add, consisted of bagged chex mix and cheeseburgers... and water.) I feel like I kind of "showed them up" (not deliberately)by making roast chicken (beer can chicken), savory polenta and a baked tomato and zucchini casserole with strawberry shortcake for dessert... As you may have guessed, I love to cook. This time we're having a few people over for New Year's, after they made a wonderful meal for us of chicken liver pate, braised lamb shanks with white bean and tomato stew, roasted butternut squash soup and Italian anise cookies with vanilla gelato. We're reciprocating (again, with a different couple, the first never came back) with eggplant caviar, Georgian bean salad with black bread, braised beef short ribs (tis the season) with horseradish cream, mashed potatoes and Swiss chard with pearl onions, gingerbread cake and chocolate truffles. I've been planning since Friday and cooking since Sunday. I'm borrowing heavily from the Smitten Kitchen blog, and I hope Deb doesn't fail me now!
I'm working on the table top, and couldn't just use the table runner I have (of course not) and had to buy a green tablecloth with green and blue striped napkins. My only concern is that my wall is the same color green, so it may be overwhelming. Other than those trivial little things, I hope it goes off without a hitch and that they come back for more. :)


Julia said...

hey chica--back home. back blogging. hope you had a nice dinner party!

Julia said...

where are you at?! :)