Crazy Sexy Love On a Plate

February 15th

The Crazy:

I celebrated Valentine’s day by throwing a small, simple dinner party for a couple friends.

party!

Fine.

It was a choreographed, triumphant dinner party, with seven courses for more than a dozen friends. The older I get, the less ability I have take the easy route when the difficult one? It has better views! Never mind it requires complicated maps, immunizations and a safety harness. Never mind you look horrible in a safety harness.

Dinner — which started with 4 friends who asked me to cook for their single hearts — ended with 14 people perched around a large folding table in my living room. Of course that original quartet knew what they were asking. They wanted a warm meal, wine,  and conversation without the looming commercialism of the holiday.

I had time to put together a complicated menu because the Valentine’s were ordered, addressed and readied with the most ridiculous FOREVER LOVE stamps the post office offers, weeks in advance. Because in the back of my very crazy mind, someone might notice if I used the leftover Christmas stamps. And cards can’t be late when they can be early.

Did I mention this party fully indulges the crazy? 

Orange blossom chocolate madeleines

The Sexy:

Can a menu be sexy? Will you forgive the unabashed pun of showcasing a “piece of meat” under this subhead?

Oh, come on. Play along.

I. Charcuterie

charcuterie

charcuterie

II. Cauliflower bacon soup

cauliflower soup

III. Salad with a citrus vinegarette

salad, course III

IV. Berry sorbet

V. Stuffed pork loin, garlic mashed red potatoes

roasted pork loin

roasted pork loin

roasted pork loin

VI. Chocolate and coffee tasting

VII. Lemon bars, brownies, orange blossom madeleines

lemon bars

Orange blossom chocolate madeleines

The Love:

A friend of mine brought me the most thoughtful Valentine gift: a pair of red cooking tongs. He knew they’d be put to great use and would go well with my kitchen. Also, while I enjoyed my company — he jumped up and washed nearly all of the dishes. I got up this morning to find minimal mayhem after 2 days of cooking:

the wrath the next day

Also — I found some lovely new vintage items at a thrift market near my home for this party. I was worried I wouldn’t have enough bowls, spoons, etc. Friends brought items so we wouldn’t have to wash between courses and it worked out beautifully.

Thrifty finds

Thrifty finds

Thrifty finds

Thrifty finds

This gave me a chance to set a mismatched table — with thrown together linens — that showed my own peculiar sense of shabby chic:

Table is set

table set

table set

The group that came together was as happily mismatched and chic. They are a kind and fun gaggle who I’m so happy to have around my table. Spending the night with new friends and a warm meal made for the best crazy, sexy, loving Valentine’s yet.

~K

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13 Responses

  1. Wow. I’m impressed. That dinner sounds AMAZING! 🙂

  2. How fun is that?! And looks like it was delicious, too — well done, sister!

  3. I love your dinner parties! Every time you have one I say I need to do that lol.

  4. You’re amazing! What a gorgeous meal! When can I come??

  5. Maria Paz February 15, 2012

    Oh my! That was a dinner party, you are awesome!

  6. I am SO sad I missed this. I regret every minute of working that night. 🙁

  7. I am so happy that you’re able to have everyone around one table! Everything looks so inviting, I’m sure the invitations were no exception. 😉 I think you may have started a wonderful tradition.

  8. I showed hubby these pictures and said, “Look what we missed by not getting a babysitter.” He promptly counted up the men and women in the picture and said, “Them is good odds!”
    The food looks delicious and I hope you had a great time.

  9. Amazing, as always Kelli! Thanks for sharing the recipe links. I’m definitely breaking out my immersion blender for that Cauliflower Soup. 🙂

  10. Holy Cow. You GO girl! What a wonderful heart and spirit you have Kelli. My friend, AmazinGirl!

  11. looks like it was a wonderful dinner party. You realise it’s gonna become a tradition??!!

  12. That is an excellent – EXCELLENT – idea for Valentine’s Day. And everything looks fantastic. You may have outdone yourself this time, my dear. 🙂

  13. oooh – looks fantastic! Glad you had a great evening with good food, wine, vintage finds & friends! Happy Belated Valentine’s Day to you!

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