Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Cookbook Wednesday: More Menus

Last week, we began the quest for a menu for a "Meet the In-Laws" dinners.  Today, we continue that quest while participating in Louise's Cookbook Wednesday!

Aside from Craig Claiborn's menu cookbook, I have one penned by one of the most revered American chefs ever: James Beard.


 This one was published in 1965.  It includes suggestions for adult beverages to go along with each meal, often cocktails and one or more wine selections.  This quirky thing endeared this cookbook to me especially, since it reminded me of my maternal grandmother.  That tiny little woman could pack away her drinks like nobody's business, and still walk steadily on 3" heels.

Anyway, on to the menus:

Luncheon?

Dinner?

I don't want to eat a heavy meal between 3 and 4PM.  So the goal here is to reach a compromise and make our guests feel welcome, even as I make 15 other people eat much earlier than we like.

And, to prove the ultimate genius and versatility that is James Beard, he even has a menu for a gathering of teenagers.

OK, so all of his suggestions are rather stereotypical.  But there is a good reason for stereotypes, especially with teenaged boys!

So, I will keep you updated on my menu progress!  Meanwhile, Happy Wednesday, everyone!

12 comments:

Nichole Burke said...

I so admire you for all that you do to prepare for such a meal! I'm sure the guests are going to love it, no matter what!

Sue said...

Your quest would drive me crazy. Like you I don't like to eat first thing in the morning so mid afternoon would be a happy brunch time for me but not a big heavy meal. Rob invited a group of friends for dinner once but it was the day Fudge and I were in a dog show that lasted all day. I threw together lots of fruit,cheeses, warm bread and bowls of shrimp. And Rob made meatballs because Rob likes meatballs. Add in plentiful amounts of wine and everybody was happy and full and I didn't have to work too hard after a long tiring day.

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

I like to prepare well in advance of people arriving. Looks like you are having fun doing just that. Have a good one Diane

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

I like to prepare well in advance of people arriving. Looks like you are having fun doing just that. Have a good one Diane

deana sidney said...

Those pages look terribly familiar. I love the old menu books. It really was a style of entertaining that we have lost. I remember my mum and her canapés. Boy, I haven't done those in ages. WAAAy too fussy for me now. She used to line them up and place little bits of things on each one then stick trays of them in the pantry fridge. Even she gave up the canapé habit when she got older.

~~louise~~ said...

Is that the Firesdie Cookbook you're darning there, lol...I LOVE that book. Good choices on the menu selections too. I'm thinking you'll be having this whole menu thing wrapped up in no time!

Thanks for sharing, Marjie...

P.S. I'm still having issues with Inlinkz so for now I'm using the non-graphical version just links and I hooked you up. Thanks for joining Cookbook Wednesday Marjie.

grace said...

3" heels? i sometimes have trouble walking in flats, and sober! :)

Pam said...

Can't wait to see what you will make!

SissySees said...

You are such a thoughtful, thorough hostess! I'm sure a grand time will be had by all... I just hope you're not too tired to enjoy it and bask in your glory.

Judit Corina said...

What a considerate hostess you are and it will be a wonderful meal!

altadenahiker said...

I love reading James Beard. And your grandmother sounds like my aunt.

kitchen flavours said...

Preparing a menu for guests is no easy feat! But with that wonderful book of yours, I'm sure you'll have a great menu which your guests are going to enjoy!