Small but Sweet

Sweet grape tomatoes



I based a menu around these items

Carrots from the garden

The harvest

I had a few friends over for dinner last night. I planned the meal around what could come out of the garden; it wasn’t entirely local or in season, but I’m doing the best with what I can grow. We had spinach salad with toasted pine nuts, pears, tomatoes and carrots, pasta primavera with artichokes, spinach, basil and tomatoes and strawberries with ice cream for dessert. It was a good meal, with even better company.

The community dinner has taken on a new life this year; in 2007-2008 I hosted meals for anyone and had a wide variety of people come. It was a good learning experience in cooking, hosting, entertaining and being patient. I’d guess I served 500 meals, with great happiness.

This year, I’ve changed the dinner party recipe; instead of inviting the masses and hoping to have enough food, I’m inviting fewer folks and making the meals tailored to those around the table. I’m trying to move my life in this direction — less, but more meaningful. If you’ve come to a community dinner in the past and I haven’t yet reached out yet, I will. If you’ve been to my little home, you know it is always open. You’ll just get a better meal if you show up with an invite (and RSVP.)


12 Replies to “Small but Sweet”

  1. Way to go!!! Oh how I envy thee with thy fresh veggies at arms length out the door. That is so cool! Keep up the great work!

  2. Beautiful pictures! And, how nice that you have fed so many friends! I have dessert parties now and again and it’s always fun to get together with friends and food.

  3. WOW!!!! 500 meals….and I was proud that I made 3 meals this week. That’s two more than I made last month! 🙂

  4. That’s about the size of the first few carrots we got in our farm share, so I think that means you’re on the right track! I love hearing about your community dinners; you’re such a welcoming and thoughtful hostess!

  5. I think this is a thoughtful idea, more suitable and less tiring, I guess. Making dinner with that person precisely in mind it helps to be more focused on what to cook.

  6. Ooooh these pictures are so mouth-watering !
    (the story that goes with them too 🙂 )
    You’ll probably find the whole process of putting together this new kind of meal much more enjoyable. I can’t wait to hear about your next invitation to see how it went.

    Here, on the “grow it yourself and eat it/give it”, I’m thinking about growing tomatoes and a variety of herbs on my balcony. The fear that I might actually have them die is a bit paralyzing, but I’m going to power through it.

    Good day !

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