It's our turn to invite our neighbors over for a feast, and it's GOTTA be good; Miz J is one of the best cooks i've ever known, so her husband F is used to GREAT meals. We can't blow this!
It was a tapas-style spread again -- my husband and i both like to play in the kitchen, and this is a good way to let everybody have fun. We always start out with a special cocktail of some sort -- this time it was the Twentieth Century, one part each white creme de cacao, lemon juice and Lillet Blanc, and two parts gin. I'm happy to say, they enjoyed it. Then we moved on to various wines and ended up with "bubbly" for dessert.
J made his signature bleu-cheese-deviled quail eggs, bacon-wrapped dates a la "Paleo Comfort Foods," and buffalo kofta from the recipe in the Enig-Fallon book "Eat Fat, Lose Fat". He also put together the relish tray with our home-made pickles and marinated artichoke hearts, olive medley and pickled green beans, and avocado chunks drizzled with balsamic vinegar. I made potato-cheese puffs, portobello "pizza," and banana custard with candied pecans (Atkins recipe).
Our guests seemed to enjoy everything ... though they're the sort of people who would be gracious even if a dish failed miserably! :-) It was a GOOD evening!