Friday, July 30, 2010 Sweet Success
Not only was Mom wrong when she told you not to talk to strangers - you should go a step further and invite them to dinner. Only if they're insanely talented musicians, of course.
You gotta draw the line somewhere.
Two full days of cooking culminated in a spectacular Italian feast for fourteen. No matter how much planning and prepping I do I always seem to be running about like a crazy woman as the dinner hour approaches. The last few hours were dizzying - making trifle, assembling the lasagna, making the linguini, the garlic bread. Somehow I got it all done in time.
Francis was already in the house when the band arrived, good thing because I was so busy getting everything ready I couldn't look up from the counter. Dave pointed them in the direction of the beer - we soon discovered we were all on the same page on the party front.
As my friends arrived in dribs and drabs I put the finishing touches on dinner. Blending together fresh garlic, butter and olive oil for the garlic bread I took a sniff and WOO! I thought I hadn't made garlic bread - I'd made GARLIC bread. Well, apparently I made Disappearing Garlic Bread, because it was gone.
The Lasagna was soon to follow, first the regular then the pesto. Once again I over estimated people's willingness to eat their veggies - the squash lasagna was the least popular of the bunch.
The meatballs were out-of-this-world delicious. I made a wedge with the garlic bread. Mmm, mmm, mmm.
Good food goes well with great company - and I managed to assemble quite a bunch. Arcane Malevolence fit right in with the rest of my kooky friends. I have quite a collection of oddballs and misfits. (And Linda - she fits in neither category. She's the responsible one.)
The best part of dinner is always dessert and my trifle did not disappoint. Real whipped cream, white cupcakes, strawberries, blueberries, raspberry mousse and homemade raspberry jello. Top if off by writing the bands name on the top and bang! I'm a freakin' superhero. Well, sorta :)
The band is putting the finishing touches on their soon-to-be-released album this weekend so the video will wait for the final mix. Mark your calendars now - CD release party September 4 at Seaside Tavern in Stamford, CT and September 25 at Cousin Larry's in Danbury, CT.
Go to www.myspace.com/arcanemalevolence for details and to buy tickets.
Bang on, my peeps!