Sunday, December 12, 2010

Impromptu Dinner Party

Yesterday at the last minute, B and I had a spur of the moment. We decided on a whim, while we were out running errands, to invite one of our couple friends to have dinner at our house. We decided at around 3 p.m. and asked them to come to our house at 7 p.m. At this time, we were still running errands but it was rather cut short as we had to decide on our menu.  I had to think quick. Do we just pick up food to serve them? Trust me, that's all I wanted. But of course my husband wanted to show off how good his personal chef is (aka moi) to his friends.  I had to no choice but to think of something quick, yet delicious. Sounds easy, right? Come to find out that B's friend's wife does not eat meat. Good thing shes not a complete vegetarian so I had a little bit of leeway. Okay, I can do seafood. No problem! 
 Right after errands, B and I made a quick stop at Whole Foods to get some ingredients. Time was not on our side, so we were out of there in 15 minutes.  This time, it was 5:30 p.m. already and we had to act fast.  Not too mention, we haven't even cleaned up the house or have taken a shower. lol!

Caprese Salad - with fresh Mozzarella, Roma Tomatoes, Basil, drizzled with Old Aged Balsamic Vinegar

Mussels with Pork Italian Sausage (e-mail me for recipe)

Vodka Shrimp Penne Pasta (e-mail me for recipe)
Banana Blueberry Muffin
May I present to you my festive holiday table scape.  What do you guys think

Fresh Tulips from Whole Foods. I love having fresh flowers around the house.

Our tiny Christmas Tree. 

I hope you all had a great weekend. Tomorrow will be posting Sunday's brunch.

Bisous, Contessa


  1. Stunning tablescape! Love that tulip shot!

  2. Could you email me the recipe for that Vodka Shrimp Pasta? It looks AMAZING and I always order the vodka shrimp from Yard House - My absolute fave! Thanks in advance! :)