"We are shopping for a house and we need one to entertain in."
"This room is perfect for entertaining."
"We like the open concept because it's great for entertaining."
Who are all these people that love to entertain so much? I guess they are the same people that go on a TV show to shop for a house.
The one thing I do like about entertaining is creating the menu. I love deciding which dishes will go together and picking out seasonal foods to serve. I threw a small dinner party this past weekend for my hubby's birthday and as a part of the Allrecipes Allstars program. So the first dish on the menu was Barber Foods Stuffed Chicken. The best part of this was that it was free! One of the perks of being an Allstar. I also got to hand out coupons for free chicken for my guests. If you are familiar with my blog, you probably know that I like to cook naturally and with whole foods. So, while the chicken was delicious, I knew I wanted to offer some other delicious, but natural dishes.
|Maple-Bourbon Glazed Salmon|
|Butternut Squash Salad|
One of my most favorite dinner roll recipes is Sweet Dinner Rolls from Allrecipes.com. It's an amazing recipe - beautiful dough, gorgeous rolls. Most of the work is done by your bread machine. They are also great for sandwiches the next day.
|Sweet Dinner Rolls|
The last two recipes are from Ina Garten, my favorite celebrity chef. I love her Barefoot Contessa Cookbook. In it she has a recipe for Parmesan Smashed Potatoes. It's perfect for entertaining because you can make it ahead of time and then heat it up topped with more parmesan cheese in a casserole dish. It baked at the same temperature as everything else, so I just popped it in the oven. The last dish was Ina's Roasted Asparagus. I was a little disappointed with this recipe because the asparagus came out limp. I know it's not asparagus season, so that may have been the reason. Either that or I overcooked it. It still tasted good though, just not as firm as asparagus should be.
Finally, it was easy to decide what to make for dessert. Turtle Dove Cake! It's what I make for my hubby's birthday every year. And of course, I wrote in my last blog about what I served to drink: The Apple Crisp.
I think the dinner party was a success. Will we do it again soon? Probably not. We had a great time and enjoyed the company, but I'm exhausted!