May 09, 2011 10:59PM
● By Anonymous
OK, perhaps disaster is too strong of a word. Yesterday, I hosted a dinner party (I wrote about the menu here) for my new inlaws, my husband, and two friends. My husband and father-in-law were supposed to install a new garbage disposal because ours conked out about 2 weeks after we moved in (ahhh, the joys of home ownership). Dinner was supposed to be about 4 p.m. (early because the in-laws live 2 hours away so they wanted to be able to go home early-ish). However, at 3:30, I was still sitting at the kitchen table with my mother-in-law, downing sangria while my father-in-law still had his head under the kitchen sink.
So, clearly, dinner was moved back. And by the time I actually got in the kitchen, I was feeling rushed and had drank a bit too much sangria ... which resulted in the kitchen looking like a disaster zone when I was done and dinner being served in a progressive manner, rather than all the dishes at once.
However, the guests praised my Pasta with Eggplant and Ricotta Sauce -- recipe coming soon.
So, moral of the story: On a day where you plan to make a big meal for guests, don't schedule kitchen repair work, especially when feeding your new mother-in-law on Mother's Day. And, if this can't be avoided, just keeping pouring her sangria.
On to this week's menus:
Monday: Sauteed chicken with sage brown butter sauce, Lemon Parsley Orzo, strawberry-spinach-goat cheese salad
Tuesday: New Orleans-style Shrimp over brown rice, roasted cauliflower
Wednesday: Chicken Bruschetta Bake, roasted broccoli
Thursday: Lemon garlic scallops over whole wheat pasta, sauteed bok choy
Friday: Leftovers/take-out/frozen pizza
Sunday brunch: Strawberry-vanilla pancakes, bacon