I hosted a bridal shower in the barn for my friend Darcy a couple weeks ago. Coming up with a menu that would please her finicky palate was somewhat of a challenge at first, but then when I stepped back and realized all I had to do was keep it super simple. Don't stray from the tried and true.
Darcy loves chicken parm, she and her betrothed have been going out for it every Thursday night ~to a dive in Greenwich~ for about as long as I can remember.
So instead of wondering what muse bouche I could create where none of the foods touched - that's one of her food quirks - I figured I would make mini chicken parms. They were easy, quick and tasted great. A good suggestion for a halloween party? Kids would love these!
I bought some fabulous chicken cutlets at my favorite italian market, A&S Fine Foods, sliced them in half, cut out leaf shaped little nuggets using a cookie cutter. Heart shape would have been cute too, given it's a shower but my heart cookie cutter was too big. Using just the bottom half of a store brand hamburger bun I also cut out a leaf shape and put those in tidy little rows on a sheet pan (very cool vintage sheet pan I might add) use parchment paper for easy cleanup. Took a teaspoon and plopped on some Fairway pasta sauce (Love Fairway, there is one coming to Stamford!), next Kraft grated mozz cheese ( I did a shoot with Kraft not so long ago, wanted to support the man) stick the whole thing in a preheated 350 oven 'till cheese is bubbly and serve immediately. Yum. Darcy was happy and that is really all that mattered.
But hey, I just realized these foods are touching?! They're touching!!! They are touching and she still loved them!
I carved the top off a very large pan pan squash I bought at the Union Square Green Market, scraped out the seeds and gunk inside...jammed some oasis in there, filled it with water, and some flowers from our garden...to finish it all off I whittled down a chopstick so it had two pointy ends and stuck one end in the lid of the squash and the other in the oasis. Done and done, a cute little arrangement to bring as a hostess gift. We also used some large white squash like this as candleholders. Cute too. Hope you have somewhere fun to visit this weekend, or joy of all joys...get to stay home.
She is awesome and a wonderful artist creating very special cards and such out of vintage ephemera. That's just for fun although I really think she should sell her stuff on etsy. She's a teacher in Northern Jersey, molding young minds. I would have totally fallen in love with her if she was my 1st grade teacher and I am sure most of her class does.
I will scan some of her things tomorrow. That is a post all it's own.
Autumn is here!
Fall has Fallen!?!
I started planting bulbs yesterday. I have bulb issues, can't plant enough. No matter how many thousands I plant in the fall there always seem to be blank spots in the spring. Here is a bouquet from last year. Love love love having enough to make tons of arrangements and not feel bad about picking them.
Last but not least. BUM PITS? come on!
I'm not putting those stinky things in my hair!
...and that is it for my random thoughts of the day.
living and loving life, everyday, with springtime hope and promise.
Follow me, the best is yet to be!
I have been: Gift wrapper (age 7), a Papergirl (10), House Cleaner (for my brother and my uncles $5 bucks, no laundry (12) , greeting card shop window dresser and Hello Kitty merchandise organizer (15), Sailboard Sales Person (18), Pappagallo Shoe Store Manager (20s), Party Planner (always), Event Planner (20s), Door Person at a NY Niteclub-surrounded by bouncers holding a clipboard (20s), Garden Designer (20s-30s-40s), Interior Designer (30s), Caterer (30s), Prop Master/Art Director on Food TV & PBS Shows (30s/40s), Greeting Card Designer (from when I could hold a crayon 'till the day I die), Adoring wife and step-mommy, and now...hoping to spread some smiles and get 'crafty' as a volunteer at Ronald McDonald House in NYC, Cheddar by my side.