Last night Bobby and I hosted our very first dinner party! We invited over our cousins, Miwa and Armand, and we had a great time. Bobby and Armand are so similar and Miwa and I are really similar as well. Bobby and Armand discovered that they went to the same comic convention thing (Comic-Con or something) a few months ago, and they both talked about how they didn’t want to drag me and Miwa along. They see the same movies we do, so I think we’re going to see something with them soon.
We spend a few hours cleaning and getting ready. I made a few different things…
Caesar salad – hearts of romaine, olive oil, lemon juice, salt & pepper, lots of parmesan. (Got this lovely Mexican bowl on sale at Kohl’s a while ago – it was on super sale.)
Two pizzas – 1) bbq chicken (whole wheat dough, bbq sauce, sauteed onions, chicken, cheddar cheese, sprinkled parmesan) and 2) mushroom (whole wheat dough, tomato sauce, sauteed shiitake mushrooms, mozzarella cheese, sprinkled parmesan). I used my whole wheat pizza dough recipe, with a few modifications.
I have a very secret awesome recipe for pizza dough, and it’s awesome. Even better than the recipe that I have posted. If you want some guidance, feel free to e-mail me for it.
Miwa and Armand brought over a surprise dessert – cupcakes! (I forgot to take a pic before we started eating them. There were 6 to start.) They are from a place on Santana Row called Kara’s Cupcakes and they were the BEST cupcakes I have ever had. Miwa tried the “M” one (the M’s were for mother’s day, but since Miwa and I both have names that start with M it worked out), Armand had a chocolate, and Bobby and I split a vanilla. The icing was so soft and fluffy, the cake was light and airy, and even though they were really sweet, I liked them. Amazing. Even cooler – Kara’s uses local ingredients, and they are organic and sustainable whenever possible.
I had so much fun cooking, cleaning, and hosting this party. We almost finished the pizzas, so I think they both liked them. The bbq chicken was a definite winner and I’ll be making it again very soon. Do you like hosting parties? What’s your favorite meal to serve?