Dinner for 13

I catered dinner for 13 tonight.

Board of cheeses and cured meats including baked figs with machnego wrapped in prosciutto.

Leek and Mushroom Tartlette in a Walnut Crust with Goat Cheese and a Spice Creme Fraiche

Bacon Wrapped Filet Mignon in a Cherry and Blackberry Port Wine Reduction with Quinoa Pilaf and Roasted Winter Vegetables

Baby Spinach Salad with Toasted Almonds and Danish Bleu

Carrot Cake with a Marmalade Cream cheese Frosting and Garnished with Oatmeal Cookie Nibs

  • 45 gingerbread bears baked for the “make your own gingerbear” table.
  • 1 dozen lemon rosemary cookies baked off
  • 1 dozen oatmeal cookies that spread out more than I anticipated into one giant cookie that got cut up into little bite sized squares to save the batch.
  • bacon and 3 cheese bechamel made and waiting
  • pasta boiled off and waiting to be assembled with the above bechamel tomorrow
  • duxelle on the stove now
  • onions caramelzing now
  • 98% of the food shopping is done for Xmas Eve open house
  • still need to figure out how to get the rest of the makings for the venison stew, the sourdough stuffing and the chocolate mousse for Xmas day
  • housemates’ contributions in the fridge
  • pondering not bothering to clean my room and just keeping the door closed like I always do
  • urge to just lie down on the couch passing
  • pearl onions for stew peeled
  • venison diced, seasoned and floured
  • bacon rendering for stew
  • once the bacon is done I’ll brown the onions and venison and then resrve for assembling later.
  • feeling good about bringing my friends together again this way, feeling good in general

Boil off some orrechete.

Mean while sautee off 2 chicken breasts in left over garlic oil.

Meanwhile puree left over harrisa, left over pickled vegetables, left over olives and some tomato paste in a food processor.

Pour over chicken.

Add 2 cups left over red wine.

Stir around.

Reduce to simmer.

Drain pasta.

Add sauce to pasta.

Sit down.

Put feet up.

(Note: do not add salt anywhere to this or you’ll regret it)