Happy Monday, Everyone!
What a fun weekend I have had! Thursday night I shared with you….that was the evening my girlfriends came for dinner with a wonderful Nicoise Salad. We had a lot of laughs and made some happy memories in my new kitchen. I made the Rustic Wood Runner for the dinner table which I love!
Last night, I had my sweet friend Marina and her girls to dinner. I had no idea what to make for Ella and Luca, so I decided on a Make Your Own Cobb Salad Bar and Caramelize Your Own Pumpkin Brûlée for dessert. It was so fun and so easy…and the BEST part is that it was all made ahead of time!
I made the pumpkin creme brûlée the night before (using Chef John’s recipe found on http://www.allrecipes.com) and allowed it to come together and chill for a day. Yesterday morning, I made and chopped all kinds of things for the Cobb Salads…hard boiled eggs, thick, cooked and crumbled bacon, cucumbers, green onions, tomatoes, blue cheese, roasted chicken, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, tomatoes and avocados. I cheated a little and bought a few quality bottled dressings since I had no idea what kind of dressing everyone liked. I put everything on the kitchen island at dinner time and let everyone make their own salads. It was easy and everyone could take exactly what they liked. We ate outdoors under sparkly lights until we went in and asked Luca to play our piano and sing for us. She is amazing!
After she finished a little mini concert,
Ella we decided it was time for dessert. My young friend, Ella, likes to cook (and I hear she is an amazing one!) so I knew she would enjoy using the kitchen torch to caramelize her Pumpkin Creme Brûlée herself. She did hers to perfection! Check her out in action below!
The entire meal was so easy and it is always fun to throw something kind of playful together for the gang!
HAPPY PUMPKIN SEASON and special thanks to my friends for allowing me to share them on here!