Dinner with Friends

Last night we had a dinner party! Is it a party if it was just us and one other couple? I certainly think so! We hosted these guys for dinner.

I’ve got to get in a better rhythm with this blogging in real time thing. I got so caught up in the cooking and the conversation that I forgot to take pics of all of us hanging out. So, a pic of Jon and LP from this summer will have to suffice.

LP and I enjoyed a Christmas cocktail first.

(Truth be told, I started sipping on mine while cooking before our distinguished guests arrived.)

Meanwhile, the boys sipped on a little something from Santa’s Private Reserve.

I set a pretty table for the evening.

To go with the pretty table I also planned a pretty menu. Once again I turned to the Barefoot Contessa for inspiration.

The Menu
Barefoot Contessa’s Lemon Chicken Breasts
Barefoot Contessa’s Couscous with Toasted Pine Nuts
Barefoot Contessa’s Haricort Verts e Shallot

Here’s what it all looked like.

And it all tasted even better than it looked! Check out the recipes for the chicken, cousous, and string beans here, here, and here. ร‚ย Jon & LP supplied the salad and the vino!

After dinner we sipped on a little mulled apple cider

and had our funny bones tickled by a Christmas classic.

What a way to kick off the weekend!

Cheers, y’all!

Wine Girl

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  1. randomly saw a comment you left jenna/elr that you used to live in san diego but moved to nc. well, my hubs and i lived in nc/sc for yrs but it wasnt for us and we live in san diego for the past 7. we’ve had reverse paths ๐Ÿ™‚ but we also adore the wine country which is where i saw your comment

    just saying hi ๐Ÿ™‚

    • on 12.30.2010 at 12:40 pm

    Hi, Averie! Yeah, I’m more of an East Coast girl. However, after spending some time in the Wine Country last year I told my hubby that, had we lived up there, I would probably still be in California! Thanks for stopping by!

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