Saturday, April 24, 2010
First of Many Saturday Night Suppers
I have not done as much entertaining as I would like in the last few years. There always seems to be something that needs to be done or gets in the way. Not fun things either - things like cleaning the house or getting it properly decorated before having guests in or worrying that the menu and cooking won‘t stand up to snuff. Lately I keep thinking about that quote from Erma Bombeck, “I would have invited friends over to dinner even if the carpet was stained and the sofa faded.” The quote was part of a list she made of things she regretted not doing after she found out she was dying from cancer. My wish is for everyone to have a nonexistent, or at least a very short, list of regrets, and then, only minor ones. The above is one I am going to cross off of mine because I do plan to enjoy being surrounded by my family and friends on a more regular basis. I love to cook for people and to watch everyone enjoying themselves. If some things flop (which they will) then so be it. It will provide a good laugh I am sure.
I kept things pretty simple for this menu. I always try to serve a variety of different things so that there is something for everyone’s taste. Tonight we were also celebrating Casey being potty trained. I had promised him a dinosaur cake when he got out of diapers. A few days later he was done. Rather than try to make a cake shaped and decorated like a dinosaur (I am well aware of my limitations), I decided to go the route of placing plastic ones on a cake. The bonus here is that he got to take home some prizes! My 8 year old twin daughters helped decorate the cake. They love being creative and the cool thing about doing it with a cake is that the cake gets eaten and does not produce additional clutter. While I would certainly love to keep every bit of their artwork, it just is not feasible. I always feel so guilty when they ask about a specific piece that I chose not to keep a week or so after it has left the house. At least I can honestly say “I don’t know” when they ask if I know where it is. After all it may be at the landfill or still on the truck!
Anyway, without further ado, here is the menu for this Saturday Night Supper:
To Start Things Off:
Assorted Cheese and Crackers
Black Bean Hummus
Artichoke and Green Olive Tapenade
Pita Chips for dipping
The Main Course:
Mojo Marinated Rotisserie Chicken
Cuban Black Beans and Rice
Tomato and Cucumber Salad with Dill, Feta and Pinenuts
Greek Style Spaghetti Squash Salad