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Friday, September 30, 2016

Fall dinner party

Hello, dear friends.  TGIF!  Last weekend we had some friends over for a small dinner party.  I have eaten a lot of the Mister's dinners, but I've got to say that this meal goes into the Hall of Fame.  The Chef's intention was to create a menu that represents the tastes of the season. Not only did he do that, I have to say that this dinner contributed to some serious Autumn calorie intake.





The Mister topped the brie in a pear fruit paste and caramelized pecans and encased it in pie dough. 










For hors d'oeuvres, we served the brie, toasted Naan chips, and grilled sausage.  



We enjoyed our cocktails and apps in the sunroom.




Daylight view.










I was excited to use my new love, the mercury glass pumpkins on my table.  I also stopped at a junk shop antique shop and bought a few tarnished silver plated creamers for little flower bouquets around the table.




The main course was cider brined grilled pork with "onions three ways".  The pork was stuffed with polenta, pancetta, and leeks.  The chop was accompanied by a rich red onion marmalade and topped with pickled shallots.  A grilled vegetable ramekin accompanied the pork.  



The crowning glory was a pumpkin bread pudding with cranberry marmalade and topped off with cinnamon sauce Anglaise.  I would show you a picture of it, but I was in such a hurry to serve everyone and inhale mine, I forgot to take a photo. 

It was a delightful evening with wonderful friends and well worth the self-imposed fast that I will be on for the next month.

Have a great weekend!

Until next time...






Katie Clooney
Katie Clooney

I'm Katie. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I am an empty nester meandering through my middle-aged years while entangled in the never-ending process of renovating an antique home on the South Shore of Massachusetts. I love to write about books, movies, TV, celebrities, decorating, and weekend adventures. My favorite writing material is derived from my family: the Mister, my girls, #1 and #2, and my two untrainable, rambunctious pups, Chowdah and Chili.

39 comments:

  1. That is amazing. I was going to be all witty and say something like, "That's just what I made last night!", but seriously, hats off to your husband. What beautiful food! Your table makes it even more special! -Jenn

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  2. My salivation has found salvation in this post. My oh my! xo

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  3. Wow, where did you find this wonderful guy?!!! Does he give lessons to other husbands?

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  4. Mmm you're going to have to rethink George and Harvey - I doubt they could come up with anything as good as this!
    I have sent you an email re my New England holiday and am already wondering which restaurants will match this. Love your decorations, they certainly captured the moment.
    Gee

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  5. Your dining room is so warm and inviting - and the food is just stunning, especially the main course. Have a great weekend Katie!

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  6. Everything looks and sounds fabulous! I could lick the screen! Have a wonderful weekend.

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  7. Wow -- what a wonderful dinner party! Everything looks beautiful and so yummy!! Thanks for the tips on how to help my shiner! Hope you have a great weekend!

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  8. You had me at the apps!!! What a gorgeous meal and table setting. Let me know when the next dinner party is ;-)

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  9. Please have the Mister write a cookbook. You take the photos. I'll buy it and get copies for all my friends. This is so incredibly fabulous... I have to try the brie but it'll never be like that!

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  10. I agree that I would buy a cookbook!!! Sounds like a delicious menu! And what a beautiful table!!!

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  11. your sunroom is gorgeous - oh my! And all that fall food.. looks amazing!

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  12. It's crazy that we never thought of this before, Sis. We simply must get the boys to work together. I'm proposing two restaurants. One in the Portwenn location from early May to late August and one at your home from September through April. Bert's itching to get back to work and has been perfecting his seafood recipes and, of course, can doing wonders with plumbing. And just think of the amount of tables he could cram into your sunroom!

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    1. Lolololo - love a good Doc Martin reference!

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  13. Your home is gorgeous and the food looks amazing. My Mister loves to cook, much more so than I do after 20+ years, and I am sure he would not mind if your Mister came over and gave him a few pointers!!!! Have a wonderful weekend!

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  14. The Mister's appetizing culinary delights and your exquisite decor equals an absolutely perfect dinner party! Thank you for sharing with us. Hope you have a great weekend!

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  15. I'm expecting dinner guests tonight. Any chance you can whisk The Mister down my way?

    Happy weekend!

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  16. oh my gosh...delightful menu! I would need a nap after that calorie intake. ha ha.
    Your table is lovely. love your silver pumpkins, votives, silver pots, and those beautiful blue goblets. Your blue tablecloth in your blue dining room looks wonderful. Bon weekend! Sheila

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  17. I'm in complete awe of the Mister's culinary skills. Lucky you! Enjoy your weekend!

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  18. How soon can you and the Mister be in my area? Just reading about your fabulous dinner party makes me drool.
    Thanks for sharing. I love your blog.
    Linda
    sassyat70.com

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  19. You lucky woman! Having a husband who cooks like that is incredible. Maybe he could tell us how he makes the brie?? I love your red/white check sunroom -- so pretty!

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  20. Seriously? Forget George Clooney, you hit it out of the park when you found the Mister. WOW!!!!!!! Enjoy the weekend!!! xoxox

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  21. You have all wanting his recipes. Any way to convince the Mister to share? Especially the pork, my husbands' favorite. Pretty Please!

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    1. Hi Holly! I got the green plates at Homegoods. Have a wonderful week!

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  22. Your table looks lovely and the food looks delicious! With your different talents, you and the Mister make the perfect entertaining couple.
    Stay dry and warm this weekend.

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  23. Do you remember where you got your green dinner plates? I have four of them and would like to buy more. Your chef does great work!

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    1. Hi Karol! I got the green plates at Homegoods. Have a great week!

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  24. I want to get dinner at your table! What a delightful menu and beautiful setting. Enjoying crisp fall evenings here too. Yippee! We had perfect weather for Phyllis' visit, and she had a wonderful time shopping the Big Red Barn and Marburger Farm. ;-)

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  25. You lucky girl, you! What an incredible meal. Your table settings are stunning. Love the blue tablecloth. May I ask where you got it?

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  26. You had me at Brie!! I always love pictures of what the Mister whips up for you. So impressive! Your house looks perfect, too! I want to be you when I grow up! :)

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  27. The food sounds amazing! And your table looks beautiful!! Oh, how I love to entertain (and be entertained). Thanks for sharing.

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  28. Man, oh man.....licking my chops here!! Such a pretty presentation. You good mistah!!

    and may I ask where you found the dough bowl on the coffee table? My DIL has asked for one for Christmas and haven't been able to find one that long...thanks

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  29. Man, oh man.....licking my chops here!! Such a pretty presentation. You good mistah!!

    and may I ask where you found the dough bowl on the coffee table? My DIL has asked for one for Christmas and haven't been able to find one that long...thanks

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  30. Thank you for sharing at Friday Favorites!! Your table setting is amazing...I love the evening pictures with the candles lit! Your awesome post will be featured at this weeks Friday Favorites Link Party...I hope you will stop by to see it and share with us again:) Hugs- Christine at Light and Savvy

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  31. I'd like to make the same offer to you that I did to our pal Kelly regarding her sure to be a best seller: I will be happy to carry luggage and pour wine on the international book tour circuit when "Chef Mister Preppy Empty Nester: Cooking For My Super-Model Trophy Wife" is published. It will be an honor.

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  32. spectacular dinner and ambiance......I will be happy to send you my address for an invite to your next dinner party. ; )

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  33. Holy Moley! That there is like a how-to on throwing the best dinner party ever!

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  34. Wow!! Toasted Nan Chips are looking incredible to serve guests. Perfectly go with cocktails. Well I am also arranging a small dinner party at venues in Atlanta and will ask for these items to include in menu. I am sure my guests would love that. Loved this decoration too.

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