Do you entertain often? I do, I enjoy it. One may call me a “serial hostess”. There’s just something about all the prep that leads to to a dinner party, it’s exciting. I think my favorite number to entertain is 8, or less. It gives you so many more options to get creative without completely overwhelming yourself.
Tonight, I had 6 of my girlfriends that follow along with a paleo lifestyle over for dinner. They’re a given for new recipes to try. My carb loving husband can only tolerate so much. (Love you honey).
We started with crab dip and veggies. I came across a crab cake recipe over summer and we loved it so much I decided to see what I could do to make it into a hot dip. It ended up being such a hit, I make it often now.
I also made my Italian Wedding Soup ,but with ground chicken, as an appetizer.
I received the Lenox China I used from my aunt. It’s vintage, and I was so excited to make my tablescape with it. The silverware is also special. My husbands mother (who passed away 3 years ago this month) picked it out for us. I haven’t had an all ladies dinner in so long, so the excitement of making everything a little more feminine and personal really got me.
After appetizers, we moved into the dining room for chicken picatta over mashed cauliflower and roasted asparagus. Recipe found on Lexi’s Clean Kitchen. (She also has a ton of other great recipes). Side arugula salad with hearts of palm (which was so light and delicious)!
I did serve an intermezzo going along with the lemon theme. Lemon sorbet. I swapped the honey for pure maple syrup. That’s my usual because I like the flavor best.
Ice cold, tart and refreshing.
After dinner and copious amounts of wine… I served an Italian ricotta cheesecake (paleo, Ofcourse). The general consensus was to call it a blueberry cake though. Let’s be honest, if you’re new to paleo, or even a seasoned paleo expert, no cheese cheesecake just doesn’t go. The expectation of “cheesecake ” definitely wasn’t there, but it was still delicious. I combined a few different recipes to get this cake how I wanted it. Stay tuned..
What a wonderful night celebrating friendship and a paleo way with empowering women in my life.