Bar-B-Q(ueen)

My summer time vibes are REAL, QUEEN! I love to host #PatioParties and fire up the grill. It’s an extension of the kitchen lezzbehonest, of course I love it.

Had friends over for a BBQ on our deck. Kids played while the adults adult’d. Lovely evening! We had surf and turf. Spoiler alert, it was amazing!

Week Night All Star: Vol 5

Tonight I embraced the K.I.S.S. method and kept it simple in the kitchen. Mozzarella basil chicken is a staple in our house. With bikini season right round the corner, I opted for a side of roasted asparagus in leu of carbs. If I haven’t said so before, the best way to slice mozzarella cheese is with original flavorless dental floss. That’s right, DENTAL FLOSS! Sounds insane, right? But when I saw the Barefoot Contessa do it with ease, I was sold. Matter of fact, you can find Top Care dental floss in my Jr Varsity kitchen tools drawer. Have fun in the kitchen, gang!

Thanksgiving Feast Prep

With Thanksgiving approaching, this home cook is researching recipes for the big feast, making personalized place cards, decorating the dinner table and tweaking the oven schedule spreadsheet. I do quirky things through out the year to prepare for a meal of this stature and always save everything pertaining to this meal in a manilla folder. And let me tell you, the seams on that bad boy are close to bursting!

My inspiration comes from, but is not limited to;

Like a true dork, I commit my action plan to a spreadsheet. See my first draft below.

DishCategoryDateTimeAcknowledgements
Nuts, olives, figs & prosciuttoappetizerThu, Nov 28, 2019
Barefoot
TurkeyMainThu, Nov 28, 20199:30 AM
RollsSideThu, Nov 28, 2019

GravySideThu, Nov 21, 2019
Barefoot
Brussel Sprouts VegetableWed, Nov 27, 2019
Bon Appetit
Carrots VegetableTue, Nov 26, 2019

Green BeansVegetabledelegated

Cranberry SauceSidedelegated

Sweet Potatoes & MarshmallowsStarchWed, Nov 27, 2019
Sunny Anderson
DressingSideTue, Nov 26, 2019
Barefoot
Apple PieDessertdelegated

Macaroni Alfredo w/ pumpkinSideWed, Nov 27, 2019
Better H&G
Perfect mashed potatoes Starchdelegated
Bon Appetit
Gruyere & Thyme Stacked Potatoes StarchWed, Nov 27, 2019
Fork in the kitchen
Mini Pumpkin PiesDessertThu, Nov 28, 2019
ambitious kitchen
saladsideThu, Nov 28, 2019

Thanksgiving Feast
Thu, Nov 28, 20191:00 PM

The table is set days in advance, so I can get ahead of as many fussy tasks as humanly possible. Yes, I’m talking place cards, fancy napkins, candles, chargers, plates, dinner glasses, etc. Do as much in advance as you can. #PreparationAndPresentation

Coffee & Scones

This morning my girlfriends came over for coffee and scones. I know what you’re thinking…Damn girl! What time did you get up this morning?! Well, let me tell ya a little secret, the scones have been assembled and waiting for this very occasion. That’s right, I made them (up to a certain point) in advance! #BarefootContessa #InaGarten #MakeItAhead

The trick to effortless entertaining and stress free hosting is, being prepared and having a plan. It’s that simple. I love having home made baked goods tucked away for a rainy day. Just before the girls arrive, I’ll toss them in the oven and wait for their aroma to fill my kitchen with bakery vibes!

Coffee Beans – This is a blog post all on its own. I personally like to buy the beans and grind them at home. When you really want to impress the #CoffeeClub, try beans from the Hampton Coffee Company or Starbucks.