Archive for April, 2010
The next item on the menu was Rocky Mountain Potatoes Au Gratin.
Peel & slice some yukon gold potatoes into thin slices
I usually slice about one potato per person
set them on a clean dish towel
wrap them up nice and neat and let them take a little nap
while you butter a large casserole dish and then sprinkle about a tablespoon of garlic powder on it
Grind a large chunk (about a lb) of Gruyere cheese in your trusty food processor
then start layering the casserole:
first potatoes, salt & pepper & a little sprinkle of gruyere…………………………………………………..
Then pour heavy cream on top until most of the potatoes are covered. This another of my patented low calorie side dish recipes.
Bake at 350 degrees until the potatoes are tender, usually about an hour and a half.
Sheez, I barely got this out of the oven before people were spooning it on plates, so no grand finale picture…..
Instead, here’s a picture of an amazing lemon glazed cake that my dear friend and catering partner made to top off our dinner:Entertaining, Side Dishes
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Some people knit, some paint, some make beautiful jewelry. I, however, am craft challenged. I’ve tried and tried to be crafty, but anything I make always turns out looking like something my grandchildren made. Actually, I take that back, my grandkids are more talented in the craft area than I am.
My hobby is cooking large amounts of food for large crowds of people. I cater all of the weddings in my family as a gift to the happy couple. I’ve done four or five already and I have three scheduled for this summer. Everyone thinks I am so nice and I get lots of brownie points from my family for doing it, but the truth of the matter is that I love doing it (don’t tell my family, though, I like it when they feel guilty). Anyway, the first wedding of the season is a few weeks away, so I am getting ready. This one is at my house and we are expecting about 120 people. Many a hostess would shake in her cowboy boots over that, but not Rocky Mountain Woman!
The bride is my boyfriend’s niece. She is a really cute gal and her fiance’ is a great kid, so I decided to throw a little prewedding planning party to celebrate the upcoming event and get the menu worked out, etc. In an effort to impress the groom’s family with my cooking skills, I really put on a spread.
I centered the menu on a Spring Ham.
Here’s how I did it:
First line a roasting pan with foil and set the ham in it fat side up
Cover the ham with more foil and bake at about 300 degrees for three hours
Now here’s the good part:
Mix 1 cup brown sugar
with 1/2 cup dry Sherry
1/4 cup honey
1/2 cup Dijon mustard
cover and set aside
Take the ham out of the oven and make some cuts in the top of it. Brush about 1/3 of the glaze on and then return to the oven at 325 degrees for 15 minutes.
Repeat two more times.
Holy moly, this is good ham! By the time I took it out of the oven, though, my guests had arrived and I was too excited to remember to take pictures of the final product!
Oh well, I guess I’ll have to make another one and take pictures this time. That way I can eat the whole thing myself!
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to be continued…
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My mother is slowing slipping away from her family so I decided she needed to see my little grandson before it was too late. Warning: gratuitous grandchild picture coming up…
While we were in South Florida, where I lived while my kids were young, we decided to try and eat every single food item that we missed from Florida, including, the thing I miss the most, Wings Plus Catskill Mountain Garlic Wings… Wings Plus is in Ft. Lauderdale about a mile from where I used to live. We would go there every Friday night for wings, fries & beer.
It may not look like much from the outside, but inside they make the most amazing hot wings known to mankind. We took them back to our hotel, because my little grandson was getting tired and he really wanted something a little tamer to eat for dinner. This, however, is what I ate:
I love living in Utah and Park City has some amazing restaurants, but this is my version of comfort food…..
More about our trip later…
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