Saturday, August 11, 2012

Dinner Party

This week at work we had a team meeting -  folks were from here, Arizona and Florida.  It's always great to meet in person instead of phone calls or video conferences.  We met all day Thursday off-site and afterwards came back to my house where a couple of us cooked.

It had rained almost all afternoon but about 10 minutes before the rest of the team arrived, it stopped - quickly table and chairs were wiped off and cushions put back on... I had planned to serve the apps outside but with the temperature drop - to about 70 - it was too "cold" for some of the Arizona folks to be outside - I get it - you go from 115 to 70 - yes, that would be a shock to your system!

We started out with apps that I worked on:
This is my favorite go-to appetizer (click here for recipe)

And from previous posts - you all know I Heart Caprese Salad!

Then we moved onto dinner that Grace provided.  The menu included pork tenderloins that were rubbed in fresh herbs and served with peaches in a wine reduction sauce.  I have never made a tenderloin but after seeing what she did and how easy it is, I will definitely be adding this to my menu.  In addition, she made penne with homemade pesto (YUM) and green beans with shallots.  Awesome main course!  Everyone cleaned their plate :-)  so that they could have dessert!

Now passing the torch back to me... dessert time!  I made lemon supreme served in cups and brownie bites - both recipes and be found here.  I saved one lemon dessert to photograph but The Fisherman ate it before I could do so... which was OK with me :-)

I didn't have time to make a fancy-smancy table scape but I did pick some flowers from my yard

And thanks to those who brought these

Great night and I really enjoyed the time we spent together!

Office of Leadership and Organization Development


  1. All the food looks so beautiful!

  2. This all looks amazing! Thanks for sharing at Church Supper. Have a blessed week & come back soon ~EMM

  3. Looks as pretty as I'm sure it all tasted!

  4. Looks divine. I found you from addicted to recipes, and I love your blog. I am a new follower. Follow me back if you like my blog!

  5. Such wonderful food! Everything looks great.

    - The Tablescaper

  6. How fun and pretty too! I love seeing other peoples party ideas for inspiration.

    Thanks for sharing at Mealtime Monday! I can't wait to see what you link up next week!


  7. These all look awesome! And i LOVE caprese anything, too! Thanks for sharing at Must Try Monday.

  8. Delicious!! I love caprese salads - looks wonderful! Found this at DJ's Sugar Shack!

  9. Yum! What excellent tips you have shared here, they all looks so delicious. And I really love the food close ups too. Hehe. :p

    Wishing you a wonderful weekend!

  10. What a great looking setup for a dinner party! Thanks for sharing on Marvelous Mondays!

  11. Looks like a great event with fabulous food -- lucky guests! Thanks so much for sharing on Busy Monday!

  12. The food looks amazing some great appetizer ideas. Thanks for sharing them on foodie friday.

  13. Thanks for sharing the brownies bites, they look wonderful! Hope to see you again at mommys sweet confessions on sunday.

  14. Hope you are having a great weekend and thank you so much for sharing your awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  15. What a great party!! Thanks for linking up to Tasty Thursdays at The Mandatory Mooch. Hope you will link up again this week. The party will be live tonight.

    Thanks, Nichi

  16. I'm sitting here drooling over all the yummy food instead of going to bed where I should be :) Great party! And thank you SO much for sharing at my Throwback Thursday party. I hope to see you again this week!


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