Tonight I had "My Night to Cook" and my guests were a best friend of mine, Karla and her husband Guy. We started the night with a simple but very tasty appetizer and a cocktail that is definitely one of my new favorites! For the appetizer, I made these crisps that I saw in the latest issue of Food Network Magazine. Buy a package of wonton wrappers (usually in the refrigerator section of the grocery store) and cut out shapes using a cookie cutter. I cut out little Christmas trees. Next, lay them out on a cookie sheet lined with a Silpat or parchment paper. Then brush them with pesto and sprinkle with salt. Feel free to make your own pesto, but I was trying to cut back on time, so I bought a pre-made kind at Fresh Market. Bake at 350 for 7-8 minutes. Let cool slightly and then transfer to a serving dish. I served them on a platter with marinated mozzarella balls and peppadew peppers. They were delicious! I waited too late to take a picture and most of them had been gobbled up already.
Monday, December 9, 2013
My Night to Cook
When my brother and I were little, my mom started a tradition with us called "My Night to Cook." Her intention was to not only to teach us to cook and enjoy the process of entertaining, but also to appreciate the time and effort that goes into cooking. I was a pretty picky eater, so it taught me to be polite and eat, or at least try, the food that someone had taken the time to prepare for me and not just turn up my nose at it. We were taught the entire process of planning a meal from buying the groceries, setting the table, cooking the food to even inviting guests. Lastly, if we did the planning and cooking, Mom and Dad did the dishes! This little tradition turned into a great love for cooking and entertaining for both me and Graeme. We still have our "Night to Cook" every now and then and our friends and family sometimes have friendly arguments over who gets to be the guests for the evening!