Monday, July 12, 2010
Summer Party Planning
Yesterday I went out and shopped for all the non-perishable items. I bought pasta, rice, beans, tomato sauce, onions, celery, potatoes and all sorts of supporting items that will all evolve into delicious salads and a couple of hot dishes. There will be vegetarian and meat versions of ziti, and savory baked beans. There will be macaroni salad, pasta salad, potato salad, a green salad, and a confetti rice salad (my personal favorite), with a sweet ending of cake.
This is a departure from my typical contribution of cake, cake, and more cake. My kitchen table is loaded with bags and bags of ingredients, stock pots are standing by to boil up pounds of pasta and rice, and later this week I'll shop at the grocery store and farmers' market for fresh ingredients. My sister-in-law Carolyn (extraordinary cook) will come by Thursday night and we'll be putting a number of dishes together, and Friday I'll finish up the cakes. I know it will be a ton of work, but I'm really finding the whole thing a lot of fun.
I'll take pictures as we go along and of the finished dishes. Wish me luck!