One of the best things about cooking is how it brings people together. There is nothing better than gathering together with good friends and family and sharing a good meal. That is one of the best things in life. We do that quite often too. I have a big house that is meant for entertaining, and I take full advantage of it. I love to entertain. It doesn’t matter if I am hosting a small, intimate dinner party or opening my house up to many for a big party. I just love to entertain. In large part, I think this is because of my background in catering. I love to cook for people. It brings me great joy to feed people and to bring a small bit of happiness to them, one bite at a time.
The other day we had some friends over for dinner, and had a great time, as we always do when we get together. We had a dinner of “simple elegance” as I like to call it. Dinner was the mussels steamed with white wine, garlic and shallots, Mussels Steamed in White Wine and Shallots with my focaccia and caramleized onion marmalade as an appetizer Focaccia with Caramelized Onion Marmalade ; Steak Oscar for the main course, Steak Oscar and for dessert, it was a joint effort. My friend Priscilla made some delicious profiteroles filled with ice cream and topped with chocolate, and I made my maple butter cake with cinnamon pumpkin whipped cream, There is More To Maple Syrup Than Pancakes . And of course, there was wine. I served a cool, crisp chardonnay with the mussels and a smooth Mossafiotta Rossa red with the steak. We enjoyed dinner out on our deck with a beautiful view and great conversations. Dinner was delicious and the company even better. We were all completely stuffed at the end of the evening, but it was well worth every calorie. Life is good!
The first course – Mussels in White Wine with Garlic and Shallots and Focaccia with Caramelized Onion Marmalade.
The main course – Steak Oscar served over mashed garlic mashed potatoes and topped with asparagus, hollandaise sauce and crab (this is where my leftover hollandaise sauce and crab came from to make my crab and asparagus quiche). Quiche Is Only Partly French
And Dessert – Rich Maple Butter Cake with cinnamon-pumpkin whipped cream and Profiteroles dipped in chocolate.