Sunday, January 11, 2009

January 11

Oh how I love my macro lens.

I spent most of the day in the kitchen, preparing for our first open house dinner. At one point we were expecting fourteen guests, though in the end only six showed up, so with three of us we were a group of nine. I made three different kinds of lasagna (beef, vegetarian no-pasta*, and shrimp and broccoli), plus salad, and onion focaccia. And a cake and cookies for dessert. It would have fed 17, so of course with the reduced numbers there were lots of leftovers, which I pressed upon my departing guests. It was a really pleasant low-key couple of hours, just the way I wanted it to be.

For future meals I'll be employing the crockpots more, I think. I don't really want to spend the whole day on this if I can avoid it. We'll iron out the kinks, so it's easy to pull off every week. I'm happy to be feeding people.

*The portobellos above contributed to this deliciousness.


nettie said...

Ahhh. The beauty that is a sliced mushroom.

Julie Oakley said...

I think this is a brilliant idea. I wish I could join you. I also wish I was brave enough to copy you. I imagine it really helps to pull it off if the food you provide is less ambitious.

Penny said...

I agree it would be great fun, perhaps we could do it in cyber space! Hashi do you have recipes for your vegetable lasagna and the shrimp one? I would love to have them, I looked on your 4 sisters site but couldnt find them.