Saturday, April 16, 2011

A Week of Dining with Friends

My husband was in Ireland for a week so I was on my own with my little salt and peppercorn. I received two dinner invitations right away and then a third friend called and said she wanted to book a night, "before my dance card filled up." I ended up with five dinner invitations starting on Monday and ending on Friday. I love eating and I love my friends so it was looking to be a nice week despite missing my better half.

The week started out at my lovely friend Andrea's house who served us a delicious chicken breasts that she had liberally applied (by accident she said, she mixed up the opening on the spice container) with herbs. Accidents aside, this didn't really matter. My son ate more chicken than any of the adults and just when I started to feel kind of embarrassed that he was going to finish up all remaining chicken on this planet he finally decided he was full. With it came stuffing and a nice spinach salad. Top Pot Donuts were for dessert.

Day two was dinner with my lovely mother and step-father at Santorini Pizza & Pasta. This is a great place for a family dinner. Dino the owner will come over to talk to you and push a glass of wine on your mom and dad despite their saying they don't want any. They were tired and Dino was being sweet, he could tell they needed a little vino. My parents were exhausted from moving and eating out was just what the doctor ordered. But eating at Santorini's is like eating at a friends house but instead of having to offer to help clean up, you just pay your bill and say, 'see you next time.'

The third dinner of the week was at our good friend Bruce and Rebecca's house. Pizza and a green salad with feta and a great homemade vinaigrette. More great company and a lovely meal. We brought dessert that night which was ice cream, chocolate sauce and homemade cookies. My kids and I had spent the afternoon making sugar and oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. For the oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, I only had one cup of rolled oats so I mixed in one cup of steel cut oats. The cookies were kind of crunchy. In retrospect I should have thrown the cup of steel cut oats into the food processor before mixing them in but I didn't think of it at the time. There were way too many cookies so I left half of them at my friends house and took the remaining sugar cookies to my daughter's pre-school the following day where they were devoured.

The fourth meal of the week was at our good friend's Emily and Jules' house. Miss Emily is about to have a baby but you cannot tell because she has more energy than I can believe. She claims she is tired but I see no evidence of this. She is constantly doing stuff, including that night, making crepe batter and making a huge pile of crepes and a 'make your own crepe' bar. The delicious options were roasted asparagus, fried potatoes and kale, shredded gruyere, goat cheese, shredded mozzarella, pesto, greek yogurt, jam, apple sauce, peanut butter and nutella. Along with this extraordinary spread there was also a romaine salad and to top if off a delicious rhubarb gallette that she had picked up from Whole Foods. Does this lady sound like she is about to have a baby? I think not. Dinner was delicious. I have no experience with crepes but of course I have already started looking at crepe pans on amazon.

Friday night met me with delicious homemade spaghetti and meatballs at our good friend Ted and Amy's house. Spaghetti and meatballs is my favorite comfort food. Along with the spaghetti and meatballs Amy also made an epic quantity of delicious artichokes following a great recipe from Mark Bittman that they have made for us before that I just love. They also made a caprese salad and there were enough leftovers to feed another family of four plus some. To top if off, Ted had made the delicious Boston Cream Cake that you see above which was as good as it looks. He claimed it was easy to make in the way that good cooks do.

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