My take on Luxury…

by agirlandhermutt on October 4, 2010

“Thanks for participating in Project Food Blog 2010! We regret to announce that your entry did not advance to the next round. We appreciate the tremendous amount of effort and creativity you put into your post.”

This sad little email was met with some bittersweet feelings. On one hand, I was had a twinge of sorrow that my journey through Project Food Blog (PFB) was cut short so soon. Had I let my supporters down? Would those of you who voted for me feel like you wasted a vote? Then I took a step back and let out a sigh of relief. PHEW. PFB has a really tight timeline. One that myself, as a full time worker, school goer, and life liver was having a hard time coming to terms with. I also realized that all my little love bugs on this blog will support me no matter what. Right?! RIGHT!

SOOO despite not having an official PFB 2010 Challenge #3 entry, I decided to throw a “luxury dinner” for The Scientist and I. It was a little late at night. I don’t have a dining room table. Or a dining room. I didn’t have days (or even hours) to prepare for the meal. What I did have was the luxury of super fresh and local ingredients, some yummy recipes, and some great company.

Appetizer: Eggplant Caviar– A lovely mixture of roasted eggplant, garlic, onions, and spices. A perfect way to enjoy something that tastes luxurious, but is easy and price friendly to make.

[Eggplant Caviar Recipe]

Salad: Caprese Salad– Fresh from the vine tomatoes (yep, my vines!), locally made mozzarella slices, and from the garden basil. Easy to prep, great presentation, and always a crowd pleaser.

[Caprese Salad Recipe]

Entree: Oven baked fish with roasted brussels sprouts and crash hot potatoes– This fish is baked in a single serving foil packet along with the veggies and a bit of white wine. Paired with roasted brussels sprouts and the Pioneer Woman’s famous red potato recipe, the entree is completely satisfying.

[Oven Baked Fish Recipe] [Roasted Brussels Sprouts Recipe] [Pioneer Woman’s Potatoes Recipe]

Dessert: Oreo Truffles- Decadent, fudgey, and delicious. These truffles will have your guests begging for more!

[Oreo Truffles Recipe]

My luxurious dinner wouldn’t be complete without a fancy schmancy place setting. Unfortunately, time and space were not on my side. However, I did the best with what I could.

I put out my best tablecloth and cloth napkins. Set a centerpiece of fresh flowers. “Lit” a few candles. Voila! Lets be honest though…it doesn’t take much to impress The Scientist. 😉

I’m happy to report that yes, we did shimmy those little tables right up to our regular spots on the couch. However, we ate without the tv on. We chatted. We drank wine. We enjoyed our food. Time, which usually isn’t a luxury for me, was all we had. 🙂

So while I may not be the hostest with mostest (I gladly leave that title with Tea Party Karen and all my other friends who graciously let me invade their space on a frequent basis!), I am happy to open my home to the ones I love. Fingers crossed they don’t get food poisoning while they are here. 😉


I hope you get a chance to visit all the other really awesome entries in the PFB Luxury Dinner Party Challenge. There are so really creative peeps out in the blogging world and I continue to be amazed at the hard core party skills they all have.

PS. How classy is it that you can see my FSU blanket in the background in one shot? Talk about luxury party planner! 😉

{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

Cristina @ Cristina Meets Life October 4, 2010 at 6:44 pm

Looks delicious, especially those oreo truffles!


Liz October 4, 2010 at 8:57 pm

I’m sorry to hear that you didn’t make it through to the next level, but it sounds like you’ve got a good attitude about it. I’m glad to see you still participated in the luxury dinner party; your menu looks delicious! I recently made the crash hot potatoes for the first time and LOVE them!!


ashleigh October 4, 2010 at 9:24 pm

Aww that’s so cute! I love the menu. Everything looks very yummy and your setup is so warm and cozy. What a fun date idea.


Jessie (Bites and Pieces) October 4, 2010 at 11:52 pm

You don’t need a contest to tell you how to eat a luxurious meal! I love how you went ahead and did it anyway. Those truffles look amazing! 🙂


Noelle Reese October 5, 2010 at 11:45 am

You will always get my vote girly! The Scientist is a damn lucky man to have you to cook for him 😉
I’m sorry you didn’t make it to the next round!


Kristina @ spabettie October 5, 2010 at 12:47 pm

this all looks great (well, except the brussels…) 😉

so awesome that you had a dinner party anyway! XO


Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun October 5, 2010 at 1:07 pm

I think its awesome you still threw the party. And what could go wrong with Oreo Truffles involved? 😉


Peter October 5, 2010 at 6:32 pm

I’m sorry you didn’t make it through, but I love reading your “entry” into the dinner party anyway! Caprese salads are one of my favorites, especially so backyard local!

Thanks for the visit to our site!


Jen October 5, 2010 at 10:07 pm

Silly girl, you never disappoint! I love that you had a dinner party for two. The food looks great!


Mary @ Fervent Foodie October 5, 2010 at 10:57 pm

DANGIT! I’m sorry you didn’t get to go to the next round! However, this fancy pants dinner looks like a winner in my book! That scientist sure is a lucky fellow 🙂


Joslyn @ missfitbliss October 6, 2010 at 11:34 am

You just had to go there with the Oreo truffles didn’t you? Holy moly those things look out-of-control delish.


Sara@RunningInPinkProject October 13, 2010 at 9:26 pm

Cute couch! Everything looked super yummy!


agirlandhermutt October 16, 2010 at 6:23 pm

Thank you!


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