Casual Dinner for Friends
Cooking a great dinner for friends doesn't have to mean spending
hours in the kitchen or going broke buying special ingredients.
Most close friends are just happy to get together in these busy
times. Here is an outline for a simple, hearty and delicious menu
for you to serve that special circle of friends.
To make the table interesting without a lot of work, cover the
table with a solid tablecloth and make a centerpiece from fresh
vegetables and fruits. Take a wooden or ceramic platter and put
an assortment of colorful fruits (oranges, lemons, persimmon, red
pears, etc.) and vegetables (asparagus tied with raffia, small squash,
zucchini, peppers, etc.) on it, place the platter on a contrasting
napkin in the center of the table. Mix and match napkins and plates
to continue the casual theme.
This menu is full of great flavors. The bruschetta will keep your
friend's appetites at bay while you finish up the main dish. And
speaking of that main dish, don't be put off by the French name
for what is essentially a sophisticated chicken stew! It is delicious
and simple. The potatoes add the perfect crispy contrast. Finish
up with the Berry and Pineapple Crumble served with your favorite
ice cream. Everybody will be happy, well fed and anxious to dine
with you again.
This meal would be perfectly complemented by a nice Merlot. Here
on Guam, one of the best wine values is a CK Mondavi Merlot. This
wine retails for $7.99 at Cost-U-Less and $8.59 at Pay-Less SuperMarkets.
It will not disappoint your wine drinking friends. Beer is a good
option for non-wine drinkers and, of course, ice tea is almost always
welcome by those who don't drink alcohol.