Monday, September 15, 2008

Fancy Shmancy

My sister wanted to flex her very burly culinary muscles while we were all at my parents' house. My parents' anniversary and M's and my anniversary (6 years!) are one day apart and happened while we were all there. So my sister put together a very fancy anniversary dinner for us all. We put the kids to bed and then sat down to this table:

Do you see that there are no less than 8 pieces of silverware at each place setting? Do you???
Yah, it was that fancy.

My contribution to the evening was selecting dishes from my mom's stash, setting the table, and creating the centerpiece. So if you think this table is absurd and/or ugly, I don't want to hear it. Seriously though, in defense of the snootiness of it all, the table setting matched the food.

The food, oh the food! In fact, the food was even fancier than the table. If that's possible. I mean, at some point the fanciness is just off the charts and there's no way to gauge it. But more importantly, it was so delicious that I was thinking maybe the Romans were really onto something. I mean, I was SO full, but I still wanted more. You would be full too with bread followed by five courses and a palate cleanser consisting of:

(And here I am quoting from the provided very cursivey menu at each place setting)


Endive Spoons with Chevre and Tomato

Dark Chocolate Truffles


Rustic Potato Leek Soup

And a White Peach Sorbet to follow


Plate Principal

Grilled Steak with Seared Spinach, Whipped Kabocha, and Broiled Asparagus in an Argentinean Chimichurri Sauce

Stuffed Pork Chops, Braised Green Beans, Grilled Squash, and a Smooth Apple Cranberry Compote served over Wild Rice Pilaf



Caesar Salad with Garlic Croutons and Parmesan Frico


Strawberry and Mascarpone Trifle with Sweetened Balsamic Glaze

Chocolate Fudge Cheesecake with Strawberry Sauce and Chocolate Dipped Strawberries

My sister posted details on all of this.
The bread, the first course, main course 1, main course 2, salad, dessert 1, and dessert 2.


Anonymous said...

WOW. that is fancy!

Melanie said...

Um, why didn't you invite me? :)

Bart said...

Sign me up for the next one!

stampinashley said...

So did you actually get to use all ofyour silverware?

I love it! I love playing restaurant, what an awesome evening!

Happy Anniversary!

Corinda said...

So, how much would I have to pay to get your sister to teach me a few of her tricks? :)

Kristen said...

wow, that IS a lot of silverware, but i'll never turn down someone cooking for me, and fancy is just fun!