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A New Celebration

One thing I’ve noticed through my work is that most, if not all, events I cater are celebrations.  Whether it is a wedding or a graduation, the first day of a training program or the last,  a championship ring ceremony or a holiday party.  The reason people gather together to eat, converse, and laugh is to celebrate.  Even the daily lunch visitor to the dining room on a break between classes or meetings is celebrating (and it is just that brief respite from work that he celebrates).   

Tomorrow marks a new type of celebration that I will cater, and that is a celebration of life.  A very well-respected woman passed away earlier this week, and her former employer and co-workers have planned a post-funeral repast.  I’m certain this will not be as joyous of an occassion as other celebrations, but have to remind myself that it is a celebration nonetheless.  It makes me smile that so many (200+ expected guests) cared about this woman enough to plan an impromptu event during the middle of the week.  I don’t think many people in the world have that effect; she was obviously special.

It will be interesting to see the dynamic in the meeting room tomorrow when all the guests gather.  I hope that there will be more smiles than tears.  But, we shall see.  It’s hard to judge a group until they actually come together, and to be honest, I’m nervous about the emotions that will be at bay tomorrow.

But, I’m off to bed for now.  It’s a new day tomorrow with many new experiences to be had.

Wine of the Week:  [yellow tail] Shiraz/Grenache blend from Austrailia.  I can find nothing wrong with this wine.  Not as heavy as a strong Cabernet, but definitely heavier than a Merlot, with lots of berry flavor.  If you have a glass of this, you’ll have a g’day mate!

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Festive First Week of February

Today, I realized that this first week of February is completely full of holidays!  And I love it. 

First it was Groundhog Day.  Then it was Chinese New Year.  Next on Sunday is will be the Super Bowl.

Sure, it’s not technically a holiday.  There are no days off for work (I’ll actually be working part of the day), and no large travel hang-ups across the country caused by too many travellers.  But, I know many many people do consider it an annual holiday, and with good reason.  Super Bowl gamedays are usually filled with friends, food, and festivities.  Plus, the mail is never delivered on the day of the game, so technically it’s just as legit as the real holidays each year.

My plans for Sunday are still a bit up in the air, but for those of you hosting a party or heading to a potluck, here are a couple new recipes that are great for a crowd.  One is perfect for the meat-eaters, the other is vegetarian (but carnivores also love it).  Both are extremely easy to make, which ensures that most of your time will be spent watching funny commercials rather than watching the stove. 

Mama B.’s Meatballs
Makes a whole lotta meatballs

3 – 5 LB. bags of frozen beef cocktail meatballs (Walmart and Sam’s Club usually have them)
1 – 32 oz. jar of grape jelly
1 – 32 oz. jar Heinz chili sauce
Toothpicks to serve

1. Empty meatballs into a large crockpot.
2.  Pour jelly and chili sauce on top, stir to combine, and set crockpot to low for 4 hours. 
3.  Stir very occassionally.  Make sure the meatballs are completely heated through when done.

 

Curried Chickpea Salad

 

Curried Chickpea Salad — a dish from my birthday pizza party!
Serves 10 to 12 as a side dish

2 to 3 Tbsp. curry powder (use more for a stronger curry taste)
2 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
4 – 14 oz. cans garbanzo beans
2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
1 green bell pepper, diced
1 – 15oz. can diced tomatoes, no salt addded variety, half-drained

1. In a clean and dry sauce pan, heat the spices (curry through cayenne pepper) over medium heat for 1 to 2 minutes.  This intensifies the flavor!
2.  In a small bowl, pour spices into olive oil and whisk to combine.
3.  In a large bowl, combine garbanzo beans, bell pepper, and can of half-drained tomatoes.
4.  Add olive oil mixture to the beans, and well until everything is combined.
5.  Salt to taste. 

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Here’s another thing to celebrate:  Joie de Meg was featured on FoodPress.com today with my recipe for Fried Egg and Tomato!  Very cool.  Thanks, FoodPress!

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