Saturday, April 23, 2011

Tonight is a "Whatever the Hell is in the Pantry or Refrigerator is Fair Game" Kind of Night

Bev's plane from San Diego (visitng Lou's parents) doesn't get in until 6:30 tonight, Mom and I are doing Pajama Gardening Day, and I'm pushing the limits of the bread machine, so tonight will just be a buffet of snacks.  You know I'm not a buffet person, but at home, I know who washes their hands.

On the menu:
Cheesy Focaccia
Veggie Chips
Dried Honeycrisp Apples
Bosc Pears
Marinated and Grilled Chayote, Zucchini, and Yellow Squash
Sweet cornbread
Double Stuff Oreos (my uncle and Bev...)
I think there's a Safeway bakery brownie left.  It's been there for days, but no one's schoffed it yet.  I don't want it.
Walnuts & Pecans
Polenta (I'll have to make that)
At least half a dozen types of artisan cheeses
Lou's Scrabble Cheez-its (WTF?)
Roast Beef or Ham sandwiches on sourdough cocktail bread
Mixed Greens Salad with a choice of two homemade dressings
Cherry Tomatoes
Mozzarella Pearls

Nothing is off-limits.  I'm just going to set out plates, platters, and napkins, and let my free-range family have at it while we watch a movie.

Ess, bench, sei a mensch!


1 comment:

  1. Very chill, and very good. Decent cracker, crunchy mustard, roast beef, vintage cheddar...


Scram, bitch, I'm on a break.

Recent Meals

  • Grilled (in the rain) marinated top sirloin w/my Steak Frite and London Pub Sauce
  • Fried chayote
  • Roasted aubergine, zucchini, and yellow squash
  • Soft garlic sandwich rolls, and we made meatball sandwiches
  • Sirloin rubbed with cardamom-laced Turkish coffee
  • Chocolate truffles w/rum and bourbon
  • Petit fours
  • Florentine cookies drizzled with chocolate
  • 13-Bean soup w/parmesan rind and leftover ham
  • Apple spice cardamom muffins
  • Guinnes-injected pot roast
  • Cran-blueberry corn muffins
  • Spaghetti and meatballs - basic, but always a hit in this house
  • Hummus w/roasted garlic, olive, red pepper, and smoked paprika
  • Veggie stirfry w/julienned baby carrots, green peppers, garlic, chickpeas, and balsamic, served over Chinese Black Forbidden Rice
  • Ginger-carrot cake
  • Ginger cranberry mojito
  • Lime-cranberry-mint-strawberry seltzer
  • Lavender-mint iced tea
  • Trip to Beirut: Shish taouk, shish kebab, halvah, garlic naan, rice pilaf w/figs, raisins, and pecans, w/my famous lemon-mint-garlic Lebanese potatoes
  • London Broil w/a wilted spinach and mustard green salad with a bacon, balsamic, and mustard dressing
  • Sweet and red potato pancakes w/zucchini and peppers w/chicken apple sausage
  • Italian wedding soup w/homemade croutons and meatballs
  • "Rock the Casbah" Cardamom, Ginger, Apple Pork Roast w/Armadillo Rice (for you fans of The Clash who remember the cover of Combat Rock)
  • Individual Quiche Lorraine
  • Prosciutto-wrapped beef cubes w/mustard pan sauce
  • Chicken Sausage w/garlic naan and dijon mustard - Lou and I were really drunk.
  • Salt potatoes, mixed fingerlings, lightly mashed, with lot of butter
  • Focaccia w/garlic, onions, mozarella and cherry tomatoes
  • Rosemary and lavender bread
  • Spicy greens and spinach salad w/fresh mozzarella pearls, strawberries, and a strawberry vinegarette
  • Polenta casserole w/cheese and squash baked IN acorn squash halves