Back when I was writing Colleen Cuisine, I made two wonderful friends – Jeni and Dylan. They were strangers when they met at our first foodblogger dinner party at Musha, now they’re married! It’s like the cutest Google commercial ever.
I was so inspired by the adorable menu from Jeni’s birthday party that I made a New Year’s resolution to design menus for all our Shabbat Sunday dinners in 2012. But first I resolved to shamelessly copy their menu design. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery!
Our “Hello New Year” dinner was for 12.5 people – 6 adults, 2 teens, 4 kids and a dog who’ll pretty much eat anything she can get her paws on (she made great use of the short rib trimmings btw).
For all our big family dinners, I try to weave in things I can make a day or two ahead and that don’t require a lot of last-minute prep. Souffles? Um, no. Fresh homemade donuts? Ha! Any recipe that ends with “serve immediately?” Fuhgeddaboudit.
With a little planning, it’s totally possible to spend most of my time at the dinner table, relaxed & stress-free. Save the serve-immediately dishes for when you’re cooking for just 2, or when you decide to become a caterer.
You can find links to the recipes here:
- Farmer’s Market Salad – prep ingredients in the afternoon, assemble before dinner
- Winter Lasagna – assemble 1 day before, bake before dinner
- Braised Beef Short Ribs – make 1-2 days before, reheat before dinner
- Roasted Red Potatoes - this is the only dish I truly cooked start-to-finish before dinner
- Wild Blueberry Crisp + Vanilla Bean Whipped Cream – bake crisp in the morning, whip cream between dinner & dessert while crisp is reheating
Also… we recently finished decorating the dining room and I’m loving how it all came together. Here’s a quick pic and I’ll do a full post on it sometime soon. So happy to be putting the best room in the house to good use!Pin It