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A Three Course Meal in Less Than an Hour

Posted by on Jun. 3, 2014 at 12:00 AM
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Having a grown up dinner party where the wine will flow and no kids will be allowed? Lucky you! The key to having a fun dinner party is to not make the food so complicated that everyone is standing around awkwardly watching you . You want to be able to have food to nibble on while the main course is being prepared, and the main course should not take more than a half an hour to cook. Having most of the elements of the meal pre-made will save you time and mental space so you can still chat while throwing the meal together. Here is a sample menu:

Cheese Board:

A pre-made board of sheep's cheese, dried fruit or fruit spread, oiled and salted marcona almonds, and some light crackers.

Dinner:

Seared pork chops topped with a pre-made rhubarb sauce made out of 1/2 cup dried cherries, 1/2 cup chopped red onion, 2 stalks of rhubarb (chopped), 1 tablespoon good balsamic, 1 teaspoon olive oil, 3 tablespoons of sugar and a pinch of nutmeg all simmered together. Serve the rhubarb-topped pork chops with orzo cooked in chicken stock and a vegetable. 

Dessert:

Pre-make these chocolate pots de creme a few hours before people arrive. Whir 12 ounces chocolate chips, 4 eggs, a teaspoon of vanilla, a pinch of salt in a food processor. Once combined and finely ground, pour in 8 ounces of very strong, very hot black coffee and whir until smooth. Pour into 8-10 small cups and refrigerate. Top with whipped cream before serving.

Do you ever have dinner parties?


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by on Jun. 3, 2014 at 12:00 AM
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michiganmom116
by Rhonda on Jun. 3, 2014 at 6:37 AM

We haven't had a dinner party w/o kids...ever.

goddess99
by Bronze Member on Jun. 3, 2014 at 7:42 AM

Nope, never had a dinner party.

Peachy34500
by Gold Member on Jun. 3, 2014 at 7:43 AM
Nope, we never had a dinner party
batjmom
by Sarah on Jun. 3, 2014 at 7:53 AM
We have more outside grilling parties
SweetBabySmell
by Member on Jun. 3, 2014 at 8:28 AM
1 mom liked this

 Yep, that's us, we like things more casual and laid back.

Quoting batjmom: We have more outside grilling parties

 

kellynh
by on Jun. 3, 2014 at 8:31 AM

Without kids... Nope 

PennOhioBabe
by on Jun. 3, 2014 at 9:21 AM
No we never have dinner parties
virginiamama71
by on Jun. 3, 2014 at 10:02 AM

 we have never had a dinner party

elasmimi
by on Jun. 3, 2014 at 10:59 AM

Not in a long, long time, lol.

Madelaine
by Bronze Member on Jun. 3, 2014 at 11:50 AM

We have not had any dinner parties without kids

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