I got this text from friend Kitty yesterday and responded with a list of recipes for her to search on my site. It occurred to me that you might have the same problem, so below are my suggestions.
- Fresh veggie pizza
- One of Mark Bittman’s simple soups
- Smitten Kitchen Roasted Tomato Soup
- Simple salad with THIS dressing (you’ll need to order it)
EASY: Herbal Chicken in a crock pot with garlic mashed potatoes (use all chicken breasts instead of a whole chicken)
MODERATE: Three Onion Quiche (unexpected and nice to serve where weather is still warm)
LABOR INTENSIVE: Prosciutto-Wrapped Pork Loin with Roasted Apples (one of my favorite dishes of all-time)
- Roasted Butternut Squash Mash (instead of potatoes)
- Apple Potato Latkes
- Baked Avocado Fries (the most popular recipe on MTM to date!)
- Simple Haricot Vert (Steam then sautee with minced garlic. Try using a splash of toasted sesame oil for a richer flavor.) You can also try this Smitten Kitchen recipe.
- Quinoa Cakes (love these!)
- 3 Easy and Impressive Desserts (berry cobbler, pot du chocolate, almond butter chocolate chunk cookies)
- Lick the plate carrot cake
- Banana Pudding with fresh whipped cream
- Texas Millionaires (chocolate candy, make a day ahead)
Whether you want to go rustic like my Thanksgiving centerpiece above, or more glamorous like my New Year’s table here, have fun decorating! You can use what you have on hand. In the NYE table, the candelabra is decorated with my chain necklaces! Here is a more casual place setting I did with our everyday napkins and placemats and dressed it up with my Wedgewood china, satin ribbon, and a fresh flower. Super simple, right?
I just rediscovered this video I made YEARS ago that offers 3 easy things you can do to make your table impressive. The napkin folding trick has always proven to be a winner with my guests.
**Let’s not talk about my unruly extensions, inexcusable outfit, and the fact I actually posted this video looking like a disheveled mess. ok?!