When this whole cooking idea began to form in my head, I knew I wanted to throw a dinner party. I love watching Ina Garten throw parties too much to not try and throw one myself. So I did just that last night! The menu was as follows (all from various Barefoot Contessa cookbooks):
Warm Goat Cheese Salad
Parmesan Chive Smashed Potatoes
Crispy Mustard Roasted Chicken
Salted Caramel Brownies
Everything was a ROUSING SUCCESS! Even though I was sweaty for a lot of the beginning. Still cool. My friends all praised me appropriately and I was very proud of myself. One thing that always bothers me about the “grown-up” dinner parties my parents throw is that people take so damn long to get to dessert. With this ragtag group of teens, we can go to this brownie immediately after we’ve finished our dinner. Which was quickly. It makes for a pretty fast dinner but that just gives us more time to play Taboo and watch Rugrats in Paris.
Much-better pictures courtesy of my sister.