Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Menu from Friday Dinner with Friends and Recipes

This past Friday we had friends L & J over for dinner, it happened to be one of the coldest nights of the year, but it was nice and warm and cozy for dinner. I hemmed and hawed about what to make. We had been to dinner at L & J's a couple of times in the past couple of months. L is a fabulous cook and has put together some wonderful menus and picked out some great recipes from all kinds of sources.

Upon their arrival we started with some cheese, salami, crackers and marcona almonds, with a little wine for the girls and beer for the boys.

I started with a little salad, romaine, tomato, crispy onion, green onion and a wonderful homemade Parmesan dressing which is local to our grocery store.

I found the entree recipe for the Horseradish Crusted Roast Beef, here it was really good, the only thing I would have done differently would be to cook it not as long because we all like our roast beef more on the rare side. It was very good and very tasty. Along with it I just wanted to do a veggie and potato. I found this great recipe for Asparagus with Mushroom Cream Sauce, we all agreed that this was a great way to make asparagus, num, I will totally make this again. Lastly, I wanted to put a little spin and dress up some potatoes. How about some Parmesan Roasted Potatoes from Real Simple. Oh my goodness were these delicious!

For dessert I just picked out four different small little cake pastries at our grocery store. They have some amazing pastries, I had a really hard time choosing, but it was great because we took a bite, and passed, took a bite and passed and got to try all four! I loved them though, very delish. We have done this a couple of times, especially with my parents which is so much fun.

All in all it was wonderful and very relaxing evening with some great friends, who left on Sunday for a three week vacation to Vancouver, CA. The sad part is, they are also doing some location scouting and job hunting. I am excited for them, but would definitely miss them!

1 comment:

Jacky Hackett said...

Looks like a fabulous menu!