“Family Dinner”

After flying the nest, my friends and I began an almost weekly tradition of, what we like to call, Family Dinner.  So what does this consist of? A crowd (of at least 5), good food (home-cooked of course), my antique dining room table, laughs, and wine.

Debates over the menu, day, time and availability all ensue over group text.  After the dust settles, I proudly announce the menu with bated breath.

Drumroll please … today’s evening consists of a freshly prepared caprese (with blanched asparagus) salad to start. We’ll follow up with the main course of marinated flank steak, “eggplant parmesan” (recipe to follow in a separate post), and broccolini.

Caprese Salad With Asparagus

Caprese Salad With Asparagus

Grilled Flank Steak

Grilled Flank Steak

How does a young professional pull it all off?

/A/MY Rules of Entertaining:

  • Plan the menu!
  • Shop the day before
  • Prep as much as you can
  • Don’t bite off more than you can chew
  • Not every part of the meal has to start from scratch
  • Take some help where you can; accept a hand
  • Clean up as you go
  • Don’t skimp on tools and equipment
  • Relax
  • Have a glass of wine while cooking

Family Dinner!

What’s the verdict? Full tummies, memories shared & created, and a tradition that’s only to grow for many years to come.

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