start of the plum dinner party series

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

i'm pretty damn good at quite a few things...

like being loud, wearing black, laughing till i snort, busting balls, shopping, playing guitar hero and drinking whiskey like an old man.

but there's one thing that i'm really good at that i don't talk nearly enough about here on the plum and that's cooking.

i'm a really good cook.

from an elaborate/complicated 12 layer cake, to my "famous" mandarin orange almond salad, and don't even get me started on the things i can do with feta cheese, to scrambled eggs - i just have a knack for cooking.

seriously though, you should try my scrambled eggs, they're amazing - breakfast anyone?


for cooking being something i genuinely enjoy (there's nothing better than seeing a bunch of happy, full dinner guests), it's something i don't do nearly enough.

between work, blogging, events, happy hours and working out i never have time for the whole have my friends over for dinner thing.

and i would like that to change.


so i've decided that i'm going to cook dinner for my friends twice a month, different groups of friends, different numbers of people, different themes, but it's going to happen twice a month.

i'll then precede to document what i make, and who i make it for here on the blog - it's going to be fun.

i like cooking, i like eating, i like my friends, and i like that fact that soon i'll be able to sit on my deck, eating the said food i just cooked, with said friends.

and wine.

don't forget the wine.

so who am i cooking for first? shall i make a schedule? ha.


40 comments:

  1. That is a FABULOUS idea!!! I need to know more about this 12 layer cake, that's all I'm going to be able to think about today! :D

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  2. Ha, you'll have to put all your friends' names in a hat and pull "winners" for each dinner. What a fun idea though, and just in time for some amazing deck weather!

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  3. um hi sign me up!

    no but seriously- my credentials: i'm in CLE and i love to eat.

    is that enough? no?
    i'll bring sangria?

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  4. Pick me, pick me, pick meeeeeeeee!!!

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  5. That's it, I'm moving to Cleveland so you can cook for me. Actually, I hope you don't mind me being your roommate.

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  6. What! You forgot all your FAMILY, missy, this can't be just for friends! I am sure they would LOVE to come for dinner, lunch, brunch or whatever too. Twice a month, that could be a tough and costly schedule to follow. XO

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  7. allijag - you know you're coming to a dinner right?!?

    bite buff - you might have an excellent idea there.

    heisschic - you don't have to sell me lady, you're in!

    AJP - duh.com

    matt - i would love to, but what matt are you?!?

    marie - i think you'd be an excellent roommie, so, yes.

    mom - i figure i can cook a great meal for $30 to $40 and i'm not going to be cooking for like 20 peeps at a time, these are going to be small groups of 2 to 5 people. AND i would love to get the family up here, how about you coordinate that? xo

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  8. Do you deliver?

    To..like..New Hampshire?

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  9. Fun! I happen to be a fabulous eater. ;)

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  10. I am going to love reading about these! I really enjoy cooking too but haven't been doing nearly enough of it. In all honestly I couldnt tell you the last time I posted a recipe on my blog. I should change that.

    I love using my kitchen aid, so you make dinner and I'll bring dessert? =)

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  11. do we need to remind you of the wax paper vs. parchment paper debacle?! hahahahahaha

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  12. Obvi dinner for Muffin's birthday!!!

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  13. I am totes in (nugget or not)! And will fo sho bring bottles of wine. Are you really going to do this twice a month!? That's a lot.

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  14. Love it. Let me know if you need a dinner guest who is willing to bring some starters and some wine!

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  15. Years ago, three friends and I started a supper club. Every month, we'd try a new restaurant. The only rule was we had to bring someone different to each meal. It was a wild time, meeting so many new people and enjoying each other's company over wonderful food. I'm quite certain you'll have double dippers lining up at your door ... because who wouldn't want a double dose of Alexa?!?

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  16. That sounds like so much fun! I used to love having dinner parties...when I had the space. But a studio apartment isn't quite as conducive to that.

    Can't wait to see what you come up with!

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  17. Um, count me IN. I may even come uninvited if you're making cake!!

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  18. I'm good at eating and easy to make fun so you entertaining and all that...

    man I gotta work on my ad

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  19. I need to plan something similar- ever since I started living alone, my fancy cookin' skills have gone underappreciated. And when I'm just cooking for me.... well, let's just say that pudding is not an unlikely option for my dinner tonight.

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  20. Oooh, it'll be like the tv show "Come Dine With Me" - only plum style and without the utter tossers that appear without fail on that! Can't wait!

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  21. I have vowed to use my deck all summer long-mostly for drinking though. But I do love food! How does one score this coveted invite? Will there be wristbands?

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  22. I need to steal that almond/orange salad.

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  23. i wish i were in the cleve so i could get on that invite list because you have sold me with scrambled eggs and feta, mmmmm.

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  24. Me! Me! Me! I'll bring the liquid nourishment.

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  25. I'd love to be in on a dinner...I think you had me at "Feta".... I do make a mean quiche, but that's as far as my talents go (I'm still learning)

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  26. Yay! Please share photos and recipes - I also love to cook, don't do it nearly as often as I'd like, and can't wait to see what you make :)

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  27. i better be penciled in.
    i fall under a number of categories/themes.

    •blond
    •doesn't wear black
    •wears black when needed
    •awesome-sauce
    •Clevelander
    •road tripper
    i could go on, but i wont. unless i don't get invited...

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  28. i want dinner && and sleepover pleaseee :)

    we can try to make that yummy dessert!!

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  29. I'd love to go and have you feed me, considering that I don't cook a damn thing, not because I don't know how because i kinda do, i just don't want to or have the time for it because.... etc

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  30. Holy cow that's a great idea! And let's make sure to schedule one when I come visit :) I'll help cook!

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  31. Awesome! Great idea.
    Do you need any sous chefs?

    We work for beer or Spam

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  32. Ever since you made scrambled eggs that one morning I have wanted you to make eggs for me.

    I would be an excellent dinner party conversationalist...just saying.

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  33. this is a great idea! i envy people who enjoy cooking.

    i can cook. pretty good but not extravagent, the trouble is i hate it. i dont enjoy it, and i hate cleaning up the mess.

    So im kinda jealous!

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  34. Cook for me please. You mention 10 layered cakes and suddenly my brain stops working :p

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  35. Sounds like fun, can't wait to read about it!

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  36. What a great idea! Looking forward to pics & to food descriptions that make me want to be eating.

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  37. Can people petition to be on the guest list?? I'd love to meet more people in Cleveland!

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  38. I'm super late to the party, but you know a pregs lady always likes to eat!

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