Daily Archives: 10.24.2010

Game Night

On Friday, Marcus informed me that he had invited “the guys” over to watch the Vikings-Packer game tonight.

So naturally, my first thought wasn’t Where are we going to put them all? but rather, What will we feed them?

When I returned from the grocery store with this week’s haul, I realized we still had five apples leftover from last week’s half-peck (yes, we eat that many apples a week).  Thank god fruit crisps/crumbles are something I now feel confident whipping out on an as-needed basis.

Enter:

Crisp Topping: 1 stick butter, 1/2 c flour, 1/4 c oats, 3/4 c sugar, 1/2 c sliced almonds and a pinch of salt.

Five gala apples, cored and thinly sliced. Sprinkled with cinnamon and nutmeg for good measure.

~45 minutes later @ 350 degrees. Otherwise the crust sometimes burns. No bueno.

Why is it worth knowing how to make a good fruit crisp?  Because you can’t buy them in the frozen section.  So it makes other people feel like you made an effort for them.  Making an effort for others is the point of entertaining.

Furthermore (new cooks take note!), I am a HUGE believer in being able to make homemade dishes that only require pantry staples and involve a minimum of steps.

In addition to making a crisp this afternoon (and some artichoke dip…which goes back to the concept I just shared), I managed to get my nails in order.  Thank god.  As far as I’m concerned, this weekend has been a complete success.

What are your go-to dishes for entertaining?