Party Prep Begins!

Yipee!  We are the host family for the New Year’s Eve bash this year and that means a couple of great things are happening right now:

1.  It is the trifecta of shopping trips as the G-man quests for meats…. including something my family likes to call the “hidden meat.”  This is the surprise entree meat that was NOT on the official, planned menu.  So it is always a surprise to me when I open the ‘fridge and find a leg of something marinating or my spouse man-handling it with dry-rub spices in preparation for smoking.

2.  Since I’m in charge of the set-up this is when I discover we have 1000+ plastic forks, but only 100 spoons.  How does this happen?

3.  We walk the plank!  Since the dining table only seats 6 comfortably we cheat and set a huge wooden slab on top of it and VOILA!  We now get 14 seats for people who like to sit really close to one other. Eating off of your neighbors’ plate is strongly encouraged.

4.  The serfs children are home and they clean the house.

5.  We eat almost every meal out for the next 24 hours because both the kitchen and the dining room are full of prep:  bags of snacks/ booze/ servicing pieces I only use once a year/other crap that will be put away into places I will never recall until March.  (see earlier post about the G-man’s infamous scale)

6.  I make a vat of mac & cheese with all full-fat ingredients.  Consider this fair warning, cholesterol-watchers!

7.  Encore presentation of the GBC!

Happy New Year One And All!


Born in 1955 Yet Forever Young, Green, and Crispy

Today give thanks to Dorcas Reilly, the intrepid team leader who toiled in obscurity in the Campbell Soup Company test kitchen.  Although she very modestly denies it, she is given the credit for developing the iconic recipe for Green Bean Casserole, known in our home by its acronym, GBC.  (We like all our iconic side dishes to sound like something recently discovered by the CDC.  It lends a frisson of excitement to dinner at our house that our guests have come to expect.) I’ve discovered that the rabid lovers of GBC are not to be trifled with.  They need their annual fix of the creamy/crispy soup & fried onion combo, and they will throw their own mothers to the wolves to get it!  I should have learned my lesson last year when we had a GBC accident.   You see, we always make 2 casseroles and accidentally left one in the oven overnight.   The oven wasn’t “on” all night, but there was great sadness when the lonely, gelatinous GBC was unearthed from its tomb.

I wish everyone a most happy Thanksgiving.  Please make taking a nap a priority on this holiday where our only obligations are to eat all we take and to give thanks for all that we have.