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This week I've been sharing one of the most fun dinner parties I've ever hosted — we invited six friends over and threw an Italian polenta party anchored by a four-foot-long board in the middle of the table! Today I want to share the whole party with you and show you how it all came together. From dramatic polenta pouring, to bottles of red wine, to my favorite tip for keeping polenta warm and creamy for hours before dinner, here's a peek inside this cozy supper. The Day Before The best dinner parties, in my opinion, are the ones where the food is made well in advance. I shared my recipe for shredded beef in red wine with you yesterday, and this is what I made the day before the party. An Italian Polenta Supper Party Gatherings From The Kitchn An Italian Polenta Supper Party Gatherings From The Kitchn
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Cook Once, Eat Twice! 15 Dinner Recipes to Double and Freeze Recipe Roundup Cook Once, Eat Twice! 15 Dinner Recipes to Double and Freeze Recipe Roundup Repeat after me: The freezer is my friend . That's right — the freezer can be like the best friend of all, one who drops off a pot of soup on an evening you're not feeling well, or a dish of pasta after a busy day of work, when you really don't feel like cooking. Of course, that friend is really you , doing a little extra work now so you can have an easy meal later. There are so many recipes that can make a little extra to be squirreled away in the freezer for a later time. These little packages from the past are a huge gift to your future self, setting a nourishing table before you at times when you are busy, stressed, and in need of a quick fix.
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Spinach-Ricotta Calzone: pizza in principle Spinach-Ricotta Calzone: pizza in principle Calzone: the prim & proper pizza eater’s answer to the ooze and drip of melted cheese, hot sauce, and ungainly toppings. Let’s just call it outside-in pizza. If you’re a lover of thin-crust pizza, you know that it can be a bit fragile, structurally speaking.
Scalloped potatoes – gotta love ’em. Potatoes, butter, and milk, baked into a bubbly, golden pan of “I’ll have some more of those potatoes, please” – what’s not to like? When’s the last time you made scalloped potatoes? Last week? Christmas? Never? Scalloped Potatoes: LIKE! Scalloped Potatoes: LIKE!
Parmesan Chicken Cutlets Recipe at Epicurious Parmesan Chicken Cutlets Recipe at Epicurious photo by Gentl & Hyers yield Makes 4 servings If you cut the chicken into smaller pieces before breading, they're nuggets—the guilt-free kind. Preparation Place flour in a shallow bowl. Beat eggs in a second shallow bowl.
Setting a Formal Table: A Visual Guide! I don't throw many (or any, really) formal dinner parties, but I still found this diagram helpful, if for no other reason than it illuminates Downton Abbey's dining etiquette.All joking aside, seeing this diagram reminded me of a few table-setting rules I learned from my mother as a child: the knife blade always faces towards the plate; the coffee spoon lies horizontally above it; and the water goblet sits in the upper righthand corner above and angled to the (smaller) wine glass. This probably isn't a daily set-up for you — if it is, I'd like to call on you at dinnertime, please! — but definitely worth knowing, if only in parts, for more formal occasions, like weddings and fancy business dinners. Related: Formal Elegance: Do You Own Fine China? (Image: Tasty Design via One Hungry Mama) Setting a Formal Table: A Visual Guide!
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cooking ala mel: Bacon & Brussels Sprout Salad Well! I'm back. After a week of tests, I've been slowly cleaning up the apartment, finding the kitchen counter under a mess of dirty dishes, and actually making something other than oatmeal for pretty much the first time all week. cooking ala mel: Bacon & Brussels Sprout Salad
Gluten-Free Cornmeal Crusted Pizza with Chili: bowls and spoons need not apply We all love the efficiency and ease of the one-pot wonder: a meal that’s made in one vessel – thrown together and baked or cooked – ready for the after-skiing (or in my case, snowboarding) meal. A steaming hot pot of spicy chili was always on the menu, waiting for my family when we got home from the mountain – the best thing to fill my hungry tummy after a long day of racing. Thawing out to a great comfort meal is an important part of life here in the Northeast, and we Vermonters certainly participate in plenty of bone-chilling cold-weather winter activities. Everything has been turned into pizza toppings these days: tacos, BBQ, breakfast, even dessert! Gluten-Free Cornmeal Crusted Pizza with Chili: bowls and spoons need not apply
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Chicken Chili Stew to Warm You Up Okay, friends. I know it has been awhile. The truth is that I am meeting myself coming and going, but my people still want dinner. So in between teaching Zumba and dance classes, laundry and carpool, I try to get a good meal on the table. Don't know about your neck of the woods, but it's colder than a polar bear's toenails here and that means soup weather.
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Meat can be one of the biggest expenses when hosting a dinner party, but that doesn't mean you have to cut it out completely if you're trimming your entertaining budget this year. In fact, cheaper cuts of meat are often juicier, more flavorful, and easier to make ahead, which makes them ideal for entertaining. And as the recipes below prove, they can be just as elegant and impressive as their more expensive counterparts.Meat tends to be cheaper when it includes bones, connective tissue, or other bits that take a little more time to deal with. The reward for this time is extra flavor, both in the meat itself and, in the case of braised meat, the sauce it simmers in. More Bang for the Buck: 8 Dinner Party Dishes with Cheaper Cuts of Meat
Toasted shelled pumpkin seeds make a nice accent to this hearty stew. Use them if you have them, if not, don't worry, the stew will not suffer from their absence. Method 1 Char the chile peppers on all sides, directly over a gas flame, or broil, turning every minute or so until the chiles are blackened on all sides. Place in a bowl and cover with a clean dish towel. Pork and Poblano Stew Recipe
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