Last night we launched our new deck with a supper for four of our friends. After a flurry of house-cleaning and cooking, we settled to a warm evening outdoors with the sounds of Diana Krall in the back ground. Diana Krall provides a good background to entertaining in general.
Anyhow, here was the menu:
Homemade cheese straws (Barefoot Contessa recipe)
Great Mistake olives (stuffed with almonds and sitting in sun-dried tomatoes)
Filet Mignon with blue cheese butter recipe here
Roasted potatoes (from the Best of Bridge)
Tian of Provencal vegetables (Laura Calder Recipe)
Green salad with dill, walnuts and walnut oil dressing from Laura Calder's French Cooking at Home
Cheese platter (Etorki, Morbier, Bleu de Bresse) with grapes and almonds
Coconut cream pie from the Duchess Bake Shop (completely and utterly fantastically delicious!)
Before we leave for France, I will post pictures of our new deck.