My kitchen is a mess right now.
We are getting ready for my husband’s 50th birthday party this weekend. Is the kitchen covered in food? Smothered beneath layers of flour and sugar? Are recipes laying everywhere? Are there wild and exotic ingredients in the fridge? Nope! There are hammers, nails, saws, pieces of baseboard and not a single thing that looks like a cake or a cookie! What a shame!
Consequently, as we are cleaning and preparing our home to be shared with family and friends, I stopped to ponder if I were making dinner for everyone, what would we serve? Being me, it would have to be a multi-course meal. Snacks or appetizers for people to nosh when they first arrived. Something bite size and easy to handle. Perhaps bruschetta? There would be several different drink options – of the non-alcohol and alcoholic variety. (This weekend I am making Vanilla Bean Lemonade!) A fabulous salad of some kind (with homemade dressing and shaved cheese, of course.) Then, the main event with a side dish and warm bread. Possibly Tri-Tip with glazed carrots and Sourdough bread. Then the end of the meal, dessert. Hands down, my favorite part of creating dinner. Whenever I’m asked to bring something to a meeting or some other function, my brain always goes to dessert. What can I bring that’s sweet? I inherited my sweet tooth from my Grandmother. She *loved* sweet things. The recipes I have of hers are not meat and potatoes. They are Monster Cookies, Peanut Butter Fudge and Rhubarb Crisp. That’s who I am too! I love cooking anything and everything, but give me the chance to make you a new batch of cookies, brownies, cheesecake or even last weeks Sopapilla and I’ll take it every time! What about you? What’s your favorite thing to cook?