By 3:30pm we were done with everything that we needed to do and actually had time to sit around and watch tv. It wasn't until I realized that I told people to come at 5:30pm instead of 6:00pm that I started running around like a headless chicken trying to get ready.
Brie en croute
Smoked Salmon spread
Salami and Burrata plate
Herb-Dijon Lamb rack
Garlic green beans
Garlic mashed potatoes
Kale with bacon
Molten Chocolate Cake
Champagne, champagne, and more champagne
|I can never just follow a recipe. I've never made stuffed|
mushrooms before, but didn't like any of the recipes that I
found so I made stuffing off the cuff.
|I chose to bake them on my cookie cooking rack so that if the mushrooms|
released liquid they wouldn't sit in them. This method worked out well.
|I went to Costco at 9am and it was empty. In preparation|
for the holiday, they had rows and rows of meat. Usually
by the time I get there the neat stacks are a mess. I've never
seen such quantity in neat rows like this.
|Again, like the mushrooms I didn't see a recipe that I liked|
so I made one up using different components from all of the
|I piled on a combination of dried cranberries and chopped pecans in a raspberry|
chipotle jam before putting it on top of the round of brie before wrapping up
|My molten chocolate cake came out a little more firm than|
I would have liked, but the good thing about it is that it turned into
just chocolate cake. I also made fresh whipped cream because
I think it tastes better.
1 large container baby portobella mushrooms
1 sweet Italian chicken sausage
2 tbsp fresh tarragon, minced
2 tbsp fresh thyme, minced
1 head garlic, roasted
Salt and Pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Clean mushrooms with a damp towel. Gently pull out the stems of the mushrooms, set mushroom caps aside. Cut off the harden ends and then mince mushroom stems. Add tarragon, thyme roasted garlic head, salt and pepper; mix. Add chicken sausage and mix. Using a teaspoon, gently stuff mushrooms. Bake for 50 minutes.
1 c dijon mustard
3 tsp fresh rosemary, minced
3 tsp fresh thyme, chopped
1 head garlic, minced
2 tbsp salt
2 tbsp pepper
Mix all ingredients together. Let marinade on lamb for 1-2 hours.