I really enjoy entertaining, it's like it feeds my soul. I think the planning and preparation, except the cleaning, are as much fun as the actual dinner party. I'm not the type of girl who really enjoys hanging out at bars. I prefer good wine, good food and good conversation over standing around a loud, crowded bar. However, entertaining at home or eating out can both get expensive and I have discovered most people don't really enjoy hosting. I decided to try something new seeing if I can entertain with quality food and wine on a budget.
To make the salad just cut up the lettuce, toss with the dressing. Then add croutons, toss again and I usually shave the cheese on top of the salad to make it look pretty.
Caesar salad - Trader Joe's Romaine Lettuce $3.99
Parmigianino Cheese $5.99
Wegman's Caesar dressing $2.49
My favorite sauce is this tomato sauce with onion and butter by Smitten Kitchen. It's easy and has so much flavor. I just doubled the recipe. Since I was cooking for friends I decided to add the sweet Italian sausage for some extra flavor. Just crumble, brown it in a pan and then add to the sauce once its been blended smooth. Shave some of the Parmigianino cheese on top.
Spaghetti with sweet Italian sausage in a onion, butter and tomato sauce
Trader Joe's Tomatoes $7.98
Italian Sausage $5.99
Wegman's Spaghetti $2.99
Wine total $20.00
I really like 14 Hands Cabernet and find most people do, plus it's reasonable.
I will post the recipe for the cheesecake tomorrow.
Dessert Pumpkin Chocolate Cheesecake with Oreo cookie crust
Trader Joe's cookies $2.99
canned pumpkin $1.99
cream cheese $3.98
Wegman's Chocolate Chips $ 2.99
Staples- sugar, flour and cinnamon
― Julia Child