So my brother-in-law Brandon is getting married in three weeks, its a miracle! Brandon is only 1 year younger than me (Fairb "robbed the cradle" according to the ward clerk who told my husband that when he was going over our records when we were first married. We are six years apart) but he feels like 10 years younger. Sorry Boo, no offense. So we are thrilled, and his fiance Michelle, is so great and its going to be so weird to have Brandon off the "kids table".
Anyway, because they are mostly paying for the wedding themselves, as a wedding gift, I offered to cook for the wedding dinner and host the wedding in my parents backyard.
So there is an easy way to feed 100 and then there is the good way to feed for 100. I just can't bring myself to do "ward party" fare, it is not in my DNA. It has to be special. So I have come up with a menu, now mind you I compromised here, I wanted it to be more special, I wanted beef tenderloin with a little salmon portion, but alas, as Fairb reminded me, we aren't made of money and no one but me will really care what we eat. So this is my plan, please feel free to comment on this.
First, to help pay for girls camp, I am hiring the YW in my ward to come help me. For a starter, I will do a lettuce wedge of some sort (do most people like Gorgonzola?, I actually hate it, but it is so pretty, maybe just feta). I will have ranch, should I do another dressing option? Balsamic perhaps? Then some nice crusty bread that I will buy from Costco. Meanwhile, we will be busy in the kitchen plating food as pictured above:
Seasoned mashed potatoes
Which is the following
Cooked potatoes, ran through a potato ricer
BIG spoonful of sour cream ( I am talking BIG)
HUGE handful of shredded cheese (I am talking HUGE)
Lawry's season salt
fresh ground pepper
a little milk
Then garnish the plate with some pretty strawberries.
So can I pull this off? I have plenty of big pots, two ovens and two outdoor grills.