Some of my darling friends are coming over for dinner tonight. I have the house to myself for the first time in ages. The snow came down like hell had frozen over this morning and traffic was moving so slowly I got called that all my work meetings were canceled. So I spent the morning sleeping in and scouring the internet for cool recipes to impress my friends.
On the menu:
challah bread from Mollie Katzen's The Enchanted Broccoli Forest
assorted cheeses from Paddy's International Cheese market
roast chicken with 40 cloves of garlic from Modern French Classics
Spanish tortilla - local free range eggs, local bell peppers and shallots and we shall see what else...
Thai cabbage wraps (Morgana's contribution)
chocolate avocado cupcakes thanks to Ysolda at http://ysolda.com/wordpress/2008/02/04/chocolate-avocado-cakes/
So some old things I could make with my eyes closed and hands sharp. Some new things that will take trial and error and a great deal more concentration. Some guest contributions that I will enjoy guessing the ingredients of. All made with love and care and enjoyed, to be sure, with lots of wine.
I'll let you know how everything works out!