So I know this is probably a topic that most bloggers will address this week, so if it’s not broke I won’t try to fix it. I’ve never been big on resolutions and proclaiming that my life will all of a sudden be different because I have a new calendar. But I do often set new goals for myself.
So this year since I know better, I will do better and I will be better. Not enough of a resolution for you all? I want to apply this to every aspect of my life. As I get older I can not hide behind the mistakes of my past.
But I brought in the new year with my first dinner party! I was extremely excited and so nervous about it. Of all the items on my menu I’ve only cooked one before (roast), so I was extremely nervous that at least one recipe would go wrong. And then it was my first time cooking for 15 people.
Everything ended up great, there are some changes I would make for next time (including not going out to party in a different city the night before) but I enjoyed myself and all of my guests seemed to do so as well. I also was very excited when I walked around and saw all the empty plates! Go ME! The six hours of cooking was worth every minute.
Appetizers: chicken and bell pepper mini pizzas
Main Course: Beef roast, cornbread, cabbage, and black-eyed peas
Dessert: Chocolate chip smore cookies
My favorite was the cornbread. It was yummy. But I was most impressed by how tasty my black-eyed peas were. Signs of a good meal…
After pulling that off I have more faith than ever in my culinary abilities and plan to do more cooking in the future. I didn’t lighten any of the recipes except I had smoked turkey in the peas instead of pork. The cabbage had bacon in it and the cookies, well chocolate chips, Hershey candy bar pieces, graham crackers… there wasn’t much I could do to lighten up that recipe.
I know I should but when I’m cooking for others I tend not to lighten it up. I rather have something tasty that they’ll eat than something healthy that no one will touch. But my cooking challenge will be to find a happy medium there. So for my next party I will have lighter recipes and hopefully it’ll be in my own home! (that’s a big 2012 goal) Dishwasher is a definite must.
What are you going to do differently this year? When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves. ~Victor Frankl