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