Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Is Excited!

I will be throwing my first dinner party in my house next week! Well, I'm a little nervous about this as well as being excited. I think it's all of the food television I watch, and most notably Top Chef. It may be the case that my expectations for a meal are a little out of proportion with my resources and abilities.

And then also it's summer. The hottest summer ever, it feels like. And so. What to make what to make? And then there's the difficulty of having a mix of vegetarian and non-vegetarian people.

You see.

But so anyway, I've decided that when people arrive I'm going to have nice olives and hummus and pita and Lebanese stuffed grape leaves (because who doesn't like Lebanese food when it's hot?) Then we'll start with a cabbage and beet salad, and then the main course will be couscous and herb roasted chicken and green beans (or maybe asparagus instead... I really love asparagus..._) and squash gratin. I think that will be lovely. And I'm not responsible for dessert, which I have to say is totally awesome, because a girl can't do everything, and really the only dessert I make is pie, and who wants to bake a pie when it's this hot? The only thing that is a challenge will be the stuffed grape leaves, but I can make those a day ahead, so that's good.

But so now I'm feeling like I really need to buy furniture for my porch. And for my deck, but at least for my porch. And I really need to buy a mirror to hang over the mantle and other wall-hanging type things.

It's such a pain in the ass being house-proud and yet not entirely settled in one's house.

I wish somebody would cook this meal I've planned for me right now. I've been living on hummus, pita chips, and twizzlers because it's just too hot to organize actual food for myself. Maybe tonight I'll make myself actual dinner? We'll see....

7 comments:

Horace said...

The meal sounds excellent, though I have to say, like the Top Cheftestants you've copped out on dessert. It's ok, though, 'cause after that meal, who's going to have room for dessert?

Dr. Crazy said...

One of my guests is bringing dessert, which I was more than happy to delegate :)

Notorious Ph.D. said...

Yay! Oh, it sounds delicious. I never have dinner parties, because I have anxieties that no one will come. But that's my neurosis.

If you get stuck for a hot weather desert, fruit (with sorbet?) is always a good bet.

Jackie said...

Sounds delicious! I love having summer dinner parties, and your menu sounds perfect.

rented life said...

Yum! Though I'd go with the asparagus too. We've been eating a lot of hummus, cheese and fruit here because I refuse to cook when it's this hot.

Susan said...

Sounds delicious. My favorite summer dinner meal is (a) pasta with cold tomato sauce (tomatoes garlic basil & olive oil sit for a few hours, then put on top of pasta with some fontina). Big tossed salad, good bread.... I admire you for turning on the oven in the summer, but then it's only in the last two years that I had central air.

physioprof said...

I never have dinner parties, because I have anxieties that no one will come.

Even worse, they'll come even if they don't like you!