Archive | September, 2010

Entertaining.

12 Sep

* I have been trying to write this post for a while, but my inability to figure out certain aspects of WordPress has kind of frustrated me to the point of stomping away from the computer claiming that “I don’t have time , anyways”. .. Which is actually very very true)*

I love entertaining.  I love pulling off a meal that’s more of a production than simple sustenance.  I love making way too much food.

I have never gotten over the fact that 20 and 30 somethings cannot eat as much as a 16-year-old boy.  I always assume that everyone is going to eat a minimum of 10% of their body weight in whatever I make.

I am sure that there is some very strict, very specific etiquette law regarding how much food one should make for an event. I am sure that I should never encourage people to over eat.  I am sure that I should go to great lengths to make a precisely appropriate and sane amount of food per person.  But. . . Sometime sI wonder whether it is simply my own animal nature or if perhaps I was some sort of starving nomad in a past life, because to me, if there’s not way too much food, then it’s not a party.  Think about it!  What does it do to your psyche to see a table laden with all sorts of amazing food?  It makes you so happy!  There is just something deeply appealing about being around more food than you could ever eat.  It doesn’t mean that you will try to eat all of it, but it brings a feeling of safety to everyone involved. . .That and, aren’t you more prone to say “Let’s go over to Katie’s house.  She always has so much food!” Versus “Let’s go to Katie’s house.  We will all starve.”

So in closing my tip for the day is this: Always make more food than you think you need when entertaining.  It makes people happy and then there’s never any worry over unexpected guests.

** The two pictures featured in my post were both for parties I threw.  I cooked for about 40 people.  And had under 15 attend.