Music: Granada – Isaac Albeniz (played live by Jamie!)
We didn’t watch the Golden Globes but we did eat good French food. Jamie and Kathryn, our newlywed friends, came over for dinner. It was a rainy night here in Brooklyn but they don’t live far and braved the weather to enjoy (hopefully) our meal. (I sense a theme, the last two Sunday dinners were a slushy mess too).
Music: The Waitresses – Christmas Wrapping
On Saturday, James and I threw our (now) annual Christmas party. We made a traditional Italian dinner of Manicotti and Meatballs. Does anyone remember Saturday night? It snowed…a lot. And there were a gaggle of Manhattanites that braved the G train to come to our Brooklyn winter wonderland.
It was also our friend Brian’s birthday. For this occasion I thought I would make him a croquembouche (he has an affinity for French pastry – I guess, who doesn’t?). I’d been wanting to do this for some time…we had one at our wedding that was scrumdiddlyumptious. I’ll post a picture but the recipe will come on Thursday.
So we opened our tiny table and put two leaves in to fit 10. It basically took over our whole apartment but we sat down to a formal dinner complete with Christmas crackers, crowns and some inappropriate conversations and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. We even sang a carol or four (after a couple Kir’s each) in three-part harmony…I love having talented friends (aka, nerds). We finished the night with a Hall and Oats sitting dance party. Those two are REAL hit-makers! (direct quote from Melissa). Continue reading
Music: Talking Heads – Radio Head
Last night we celebrated my father-in-law’s Birthday. Whoopie! We made him a special dinner reminiscent of his honeymoon in France. This was a combination of the classic Julia Child recipe, Ina’s and some stuff in my brain.
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Music: Elvis Perkins – Doomsday
Hooray for the first Sunday night dinner! It was a success (hopefully!) and we sure ate well. We had Melissa and Shannon (from Charlottesville) over to share this dinner and it was good to start this tradition with such good friends. I wanted to christen the Sunday Night Dinners with a proper fall meal but it was 67 degrees out today, defeating the purpose of soup entirely. Since I was making Vichyssoise (potato leek soup – just really wanted to use that word somewhere) I could have served it cold…but that just seemed wrong.
Music: Honky Tonk Women – The Rolling Stones
This weekend we went to Connecticut to see my family. My mom invited her sister and my cousins over for dinner on Sunday night. It’s been a long time since we’ve all been together and we spent most of the afternoon preparing the meal as a family. It was a fairly traditional Sunday Night Dinner; pasta with meatballs, red sauce and ricotta but we had some noteworthy starters and sides.