Friday, March 28, 2008

Spring Soiree!

We're getting ready to host a special party for our friend and colleague, Kahle. As you may recall (see photos from Cheesecake posting below), Kahle was our first studio guest on the Gourmet Again! cooking show.

We will receive extra help from Tara, who'll be acting as my aide-de-cuisine throughout the festivities. Very exciting! I've never had an assistant in the kitchen. Well, Ron helps out plenty!

On the Menu (I'll post pix, recipes and stories after the soiree):

Sun-Dried Tomato Spread (vegan for those who care)
Olive Mix
Breads and Little Toasties
Cheesy Spinach Mini Phyllo Cups

Chipotle BBQ Beef
Teriyaki Ahi Tuna
BBQ Shrimp
Chicken, both Teriyaki and BBQ
Lemon-Dill Salmon
Onions, Carrots, Broccoli, Zucchini, Cauliflower

Blueberry-Lemon Cheesecake Bars
Java-Spiked Pudding Cake (Ron's special request)

Pompagne (sparkling Pomegranate Martinis!)

Wow, I've got my work cut out for me! Most of the preparations and cleaning will take place this evening after dinner, with Ron's help, of course. Then tomorrow, we can hit the farmer's market for incredible veggies from my favorite vendors, and last minute items from TJ's and Spencer's. Ron will light the grill when the guests arrive, and voila! A super soiree begins!

Oh, two more important notes. First, we will be taping the prep and party for another episode of Gourmet Again! Second, we're having live music by my guitar student and band mate, Dominick. He's 11 years old and he is going to rock the place and make everyone feel extra special and festive!

See you here after the party!

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