Tuesday, January 18, 2011

the dinner project

Call it a resolution, call it a goal, call it a lifestyle priority. But I will consider 2011 a great year if I've had friends or family over for a home-cooked meal at least once a week. I've done pretty well so far - three separate dinner guests so far in the first three weeks of the year.

One was a special friend who came all the way from San Diego... to see the new house... to frolic in the snow... to reminisce and hang out and explore Minneapolis with me for the long MLK weekend. We ate out almost every meal because there are so many places I wanted her to try. But we made a point to cook at least once.

Pasta, of course.

We broke out the new mandoline slicer that mom and dad gave me for Christmas:

This version of Backpacker's Pasta featured onions, mushrooms, zucchini plus vodka sauce, parmesan cheese and fresh basil:

A typical weeknight has me eating dinner on the road or standing in the kitchen, so whenever I have guests I can't help but break out the real linens:

Pictures like this make me irrationally happy.

And I want more of them. So if you haven't been over for dinner yet, call me. We'll get it on the calendar.
I can't reach my goal without you - see how sneaky that was? :)



  1. I would highly recommend using the "pusher" with the mandoline slicer. Please. I know 2 people who had to have surgery, yes surgery and not just stitches, on their fingers after cutting them on a mandolin slicer.

  2. Great advice, Steve. We were using it, but just not when I took the photo. Thanks for the warning though!