After the big Thanksgiving meal, I was enjoying a plate of leftovers thinking how lovely it was to be done with major entertaining for awhile. My diplo-husband walked in with his own plate and I shared my thoughts out loud, only to have him recall that he invited his office colleagues for a dinner party that he neglected to tell me about and could I please throw something together. “Don’t worry, it can be something simple”. Famous last words.
Though I did decide to keep it simple, and it turned out to be a good opportunity to take some of the recipes in Ina Garten’s new book, How Easy is That?, for a test drive. While I don’t know if they were as easy as that, they were pretty easy. And while I don’t normally try out recipes on guests for the first time, I stuck to a couple of simpler choices that I was pretty confident would turn out well.
For dessert, we still had some leftover pumpkin, so a pumpkin apple streusel cake made the cut. Turned out to be simple, but also very good, with some vanilla ice cream on the side. I was running a bit late on timing towards the end so I didn’t get a good pic of our table setting, enjoy the picture of the cake from epicurious instead, and a couple of shots from Ina’s book. And now I think we might officially be done with entertaining for awhile – at least, until next week!
Here’s how the menu turned out:
Hummus with Rosemary Crackers
Ebner-Ebenaur Gruner Veltliner