I feel like a horse that has been let out of the barn after a long winter.
I had my first dinner party last night. Not really a dinner party but my bff and her husband came over to grill. (The small gathering that YA let me hold for her MBA graduation didn’t count as a real party since she placed so many restrictions on me.) For this dinner, all the stops were let out; even by my standards, I got a little carried away.
You’re asking – how could she get carried away with grilling? We had decided on Boca Burgers and corn. Then YA said she didn’t really like Boca Burgers, could I get her Grillers (another veggie burger)? And could we please have potato salad and coleslaw. Then at the last minute I decided I really wanted veggie brats. My girlfriend showed up with bread salad. As we sat down for dinner, this is what else we had on the table:
- Hamburger and hot dog buns
- Catsup, yellow mustard, grey mustard, Miracle Whip, pickle reslish
- Lettuce leaves, shredded lettuce
- Sliced avocado
- Slice white cheddar (for the burgers)
- Sliced white onion, diced white onion
- Caramelized onions
- Sauteed mushrooms
- Chopped jalapenos
- Chopped cilantroa
- Sliced tomatoes, diced tomatoes
- Cotija cheese
- Chopped scallions
To say this was on the table is a little misleading. We actually pulled up the garden table for some of the overflow. We had dessert as well: blender lemon pie with blueberry compote and whipped cream.
It was wonderful but as we were cleaning up, we had A LOT of leftovers. I just couldn’t help myself – after 18 months of only cooking for YA and myself, I just couldn’t stop. I had actually thought about sauerkraut and Mexican corn as well, but ran out of time. And we had initially thought we would have chips and salsa as an appetizer, but as I was chopping and prepping I realized we didn’t need to fill up on chips before dinner with everything I was preparing. Just as well, as everybody was stuffed by the end of the evening!
What’s the last thing you’ve gone overboard with?