It seems odd posting this well after St.Patrick's Day but such is life at times. I was so knocked out by this sinus infection that I cancelled our planned dinner last weekend. Note: you know that I am sick when I cancel an opportunity to cook and eat.
This new medication seems to be working wonders and I felt up to playing in the kitchen so we got together on Friday with mom (our other guests no longer able to join us) for the big dinner. The menu was the same as always - we don't often shake things up when it comes to festive dinners.
Paul set the table while I finished up the last of the prep in the kitchen. When mom arrived he shook up the martini and we were ready to go! This year we went with a Key Lime Martini which we have made in the past. I had some real key lime juice so we used that and frankly I think it overpowered everything else - this was a PUCKER of a martini!
Since it was just mom, Paul, and I we scaled back the appetizers. While we sipped our martinis - and they were so tart that sip was the operative word - we nibbled on an Irish cheddar and stout fondue, curds with fresh chives, and spinach dip with pretzel crackers.
Once we moved into the dining room the first course was a treat we found in the States a few weeks ago - shamrock and pot of gold shaped pasta. They were served with a simple Asiago cream sauce. Not Irish in the least but tasty. :-)
Paul had selected dessert - we made these grasshopper cheesecakes years ago - don't ask me why I haven't made them since but they are so good I should make them more often! I made 1/3 the recipe (thank goodness for all of those years of teaching fractions in school) and cooked them in muffin cups to make for a smaller than normal dessert portion.