It’s my turn to write the blog for the week, but I’ve been kind of busy.
Besides having very welcome house guests for five days (kids and grandkids), I had promised to present 17 people with a Seder dinner. So, I enlisted a caterer to help me with a menu I created.
This is what it looked like:
Gefilte Fish Dumplings
Vegetarian Matzo Ball Soup
Potato-Crusted Red Snapper with
Mushroom/Red Wine Reduction
Baked Chicken Lollipops
Roasted Asparagus Salad
Potato and Shallot Kugel
Carrot and Beet Fritters
Flourless Chocolate Cake
I wanted to put my spin on the dinner, so I chose to prepare some items myself - matzo ball soup, potato/shallot kugel, lemon cheesecake, and the flourless chocolate cake.
In addition, this being the Seder, I had to prepare charoset - a mixture of dried fruits, nuts, and wine, a roasted beet and a roasted egg, and seventeen hard-boiled and peeled eggs to be served in salt water.
But the cooking part was mostly fun. What wasn’t was the logistics nightmare - getting enough chairs, plates, glassware, and silverware necessary to serve all these courses to 17 people. Plus, cleaning up afterwards was exhausting.
Now that it’s over, I’m thinking of doing things differently next year. Maybe let the caterer do more. Most likely I’ll use plastic recyclable plates and utensils.
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