Rainy Day Dinner (February 8, 2014)

Now I *know* that I’m not the best when it comes to regularly blogging, but have we really not had people over for dinner since July 2012? That can’t be right. I’m going to have search my memory archives and post at least one dinner event I know happened in 2013, but right now, this…

Bastille Day (July 14, 2012)

The Event Not that we’re French, but Bastille Day is as good an excuse as any to have a dinner in the grotto. This was our first outdoor dinner of the year and the weather was just perfect. And, amazingly enough, the tiki lights were still working! Having an iPod dock is also really great.…

Grotto dinner with friends (August 2,8 2010)

The Event Craig and I have hardly entertained this year; in fact, I don’t think we’ve had anyone over for dinner except in the most casual, last minute fashion. So, we decided to finally have some friends over for a lovely al fresco dinner at the end of the summer. This gave me an opportunity…

Blueberry Pie (Aug 15, 2010)

The Event Mmmm … blueberry pie! One of my favorites. I didn’t make this for any special event, but because I wanted to practice my pie crust skills. MenuThe Best Blueberry Pie (CI)Food NotesI used frozen organic blueberries from Trader Joe’s (they’re my “go to” blueberries for blueberry muffins) and they worked so well in…

Dinner with the Wakemans (Jan 17, 2009)

The Event Craig and I had had a wonderful gourmet dinner at Jim and Mollie Wakeman’s back in October, so we wanted to return the favor. Trying to coordinate schedules for 6 people is really tough, but finally we found an open date in January. I like the Beef Wellington, but it takes 5 days…