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52 Dinner Parties Project: A Retrospective

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52 Dinner Parties Project: A Retrospective

This is the Fifty-Two Dinner Chronicles.

Thank you for revisiting this journey with me. My hope is to inspire you to take on the challenge once it's safe to be all together again. 

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52 Dinners - Week 52: A Final Meal of Sichuan in Cape Cod

52 Dinners

52 Dinners - Week 52: A Final Meal of Sichuan in Cape Cod

To ring in 2020... I cooked Sichuan food for 11 fabulous men in a gorgeous home on Cape Cod. Our dear friends Jay & John invited us to spend New Year’s Eve with them in Provincetown this year, and it was the perfect setting for a delicious end to this very fun dinner party project of mine. We started with hors d’oeuvres and cocktails at the big beautiful kitchen island, where everyone chatted and mingled as I finished throwing dinner together.  Then I rang the dinner bell and everyone found their seats. Our hosts introduced me, I said a few words...

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52 Dinners - Week 51: The Ghost of Christmas Past (And Fondue!)

52 Dinners

52 Dinners - Week 51: The Ghost of Christmas Past (And Fondue!)

There were ten of us last night for a blast-from-the-past Christmas Eve dinner. We started with festive cocktails served in these beautiful green and gold glasses, then I brought out fondue! I used the classic Beard Foundation recipe with white wine, emmental, garlic, black pepper and nutmeg, and served it with our own smoked ham, sourdough, roasted broccoli, and fingerlings. I rang the dinner bell and we made our way to the magical Christmas dining room, where we began the meal by going around the table and sharing a favorite Christmas memory.   We then enjoyed ambrosia salad made with fresh tangerine,...

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52 Dinners - Week 50: Pork Wellington & A More Exciting Cheesecake

52 Dinners

52 Dinners - Week 50: Pork Wellington & A More Exciting Cheesecake

We had the loveliest Sunday luncheon today with Justin and Andrew. Andrew is a jolly postman with the Postal Service, and he’s been working very long days lately being Santa for his community. So instead of asking them to make the hour drive up to us on his one day off, I packed up a meal and brought it down to them! Their farm is Borroughs Farm, where they raise pigs, poultry, and veggies, and Justin creates extraordinary handwoven textiles in their 1810 farmhouse. Entering their home is like stepping back in time. There is history in every corner, and it...

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52 Dinners - Week 49: Soup Bars & Cookie Buffets

52 Dinners

52 Dinners - Week 49: Soup Bars & Cookie Buffets

Our annual Christmas party was wonderful. Forty or so friends and neighbors came by, but it was a relatively low-key affair. For the past couple of years we’ve done them open-house style to facilitate coming & going because we like to invite a lot of people but our home is pretty small. I made three large pots of soup: a hearty chili with pork and cocoa, chicken & vegetable soup with rosé and lots of herbs, and a spicy Thai coconut curry with butternut squash. I had various accoutrements nearby and acquired four big beautiful loaves of sourdough from Morey Hill...

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