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The Actual Diet Riot Dinner Pary

December 30, 2012


Last night I hosted a dinner for 25 adults and children. I think I nailed the “diet riot” pretty well. By dessert time, even the gluten frees and calorie counters succumbed to platters of yummy bar cookies! Everyone had their favorite dishes to eat, and a few people enjoyed sampling it all.

Everything but a couple of the desserts were made the day of the party, attesting to the fact that simple, fresh and flavorful is always better than overly complicated  heavy fare.

Almost all of the recipes came from my Indigo Jones Unrecipe Cookbook, and are previously posted on the site where *.

We started with small nibbles:

*Parmesan Shortbread Crisps

*White Bean Dip with a choice of pita chips or baby carrots

Assorted Olives

*Spiced Nuts

For dinner, we served:

*Baby Arugula, Radicchio and Fennel Salad with Toasted Pecans and Cranberry Vinaigrette

*Herb Roasted Salmon

*Sticky Asian Chicken Wings

Marinated Pork Loin

*Brown rice, with Corn, Shallots and Fresh Mint

Roasted Green Beans

Assorted Rolls

Dessert was an assortment of bar cookies:

Chocolate Marble Cheesecake Brownies, Chocolate Chip Blondies, Pecan Toffee Bars, and Lemon Bars.

I had options for the gluten free, chicken averse, sauce avoiders, vegetable haters, and fish phobics. Weight watchers, cholesterol controllers, vegetarians, and the generally fussy were covered as well (I hope). Although some of the pickiest eaters found only 1 or 2 items to try, nobody went hungry; score!

The casual dinner went on until 2 a.m. so we can assume it was a success!

I hope all of your celebrations are happy ones. Enjoy!

Happy Birthday to ME!!!!

January 15, 2010

Happy Birthday to me! Another year has gone by ALREADY! My birthday was last Sunday and my daughter’s birthday was yesterday.

As B got ready for bed last night, she remarked that she was sad, because she didn’t feel older yet. She didn’t have a birthday party, since her special day occurred mid-week. She didn’t have her birthday snack at school, since there was a field trip. She didn’t get to play with her new toy, since Daddy refused to set it up after dinner on a school night. All that added up to still feeling like she was STILL only 9.
Ah, if it were only that simple, I would still be hovering somewhere in my late 20’s, when the concept of celebrating every birthday became obsolete. The tugs of work, family, business travel and cold weather, made it impossible to always acknowledge my birthday on its given day.

Since becoming a parent, the preparations for B’s birthday have over shadowed my own.
Yesterday was spent frazzled, baking cupcakes in ice cream cones for the class, and figuring out how to transport the topsy turvy treat across town intact (a whole other post to follow soon!!!) and making the requested Bolognese sauce, while shopping for the perfect gift, and trying to maintain a fledgling consulting business on the side. Although we had a lovely dinner in my honor on Saturday night, most of my weekend was comprised of cleaning, errand running and kid related events. My day passed relatively quietly, and I guess in retrospect, I don’t feel any older either. Whew!

Today, things were different. Cupcakes were consumed, party arrangements are being finalized, and the new toy is set up and pronounced “awesome”! Today, B feels like she is finally 10!

As for me, I still feel like I am 28. Adult, and responsible, yet still finding my way in the world. Just how I like it.

photo: Glasshouse Images

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