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“Help! I have to cook for 10 people. What do I do?!!”

December 6th, 2012 No Comments

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.

Appetizers

Entrees

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)

ORDER AHEAD: Texas Tamales (something unusual and unique) but you’ll have to make a Mexican meal around it.

Sides

Desserts

In my opinion, having a pretty table is just as important as serving good food.  The formality and effort make your guests feel special.  I can say first hand, “the occasion” displayed by the decor usually makes family members speak respectfully and behave better as well (no joke!).

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?!

 

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