Good Times

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April 26, 2014 by Cinfuldelights

People react to stress in various ways: exercise, drinking, relaxing, running, whatever.  For me, the most stress relieving thing is to do is cook.  After a stressful day, I love to come home and sizzle, roast, or flambe my stress away.  Nothing makes stress relief better than when I can enjoy it with a few of my closest friends.  Some of them have very hectic schedules, going on tour or visiting distant relatives, so when they are in town, I try to cram in as much time with them as possible.

To commemorate our schedules all alining, I decided to throw a small dinner party with six of us attending.  But then what? What would be the perfect main course? What kind of dessert would go best with the evening? I was feeling a surf and turf vibe for the evening, Beef Wellington? Filet mignon? And then for the surf: sturgeon or something like a bass?  Some friends of mine had recently caught some sturgeon so I went with that coupled with filet mignon.  The sturgeon was topped with a lemon caper sauce and the filet mignon wrapped in bacon, because what dinner isn’t complete without bacon.  For sides, we had parmesan risotto and roasted butternut squash. Dessert was cheesecake, a traditional as well as mini version with port wine.  A friend also brought pies from a local place, Black Bear Diner.

Overall, the evening was a hit with much food and drink consumed by all. It’s always nice to catch up and enjoy the company of my close friends.  Stress officially relieved.

“Remember, No one’s more important than people. In other words, friendship is the most important thing – not career or housework, or one’s fatigue, and it needs to be tended and nurtured.” Julia Child

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