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The Best Way to Host a Dinner Party – Chapter 4

I feel like I share about the BEST way to host a dinner party quite frequently. When something is the BEST, you just can’t help but share.  
It was Angie’s turn to host this month.  She told the dinner guests to come in comfy clothes and her theme for the dinner party was comfort food.  Now, if you haven’t read my previous blog posts about my dinner club, here’s how it works.  The hostess selects 4 dishes to cook for the party, purchases the ingredients, and sets everything out on the counter.  Each of the guests and the hostess selects a dish to prepare and we spend the evening cooking together.  Doesn’t that sound lovely?  The goal is to select recipes that are new to us.  Angie said she chose a few recipes from the Pioneer Woman website.  I love P-Dub. You just can’t go wrong there.
There was salad, grilled cheese, tomato soup, and strawberry crisp. 
And yoga pants. 
And cocktails.
I forgot to read all of the recipes, so I don’t even know what was in everything.  I will say with certainty that it was really yummy and comforting.  The grilled cheese sandwiches were made with rye bread, white cheddar cheese, tomatoes, onions, something green that I didn’t want on my sandwiches, and a dijon spread.  I was licking my fingers as I ate the gooey-ness.

The salad also had a hint of dijon.  I’ve decided that I really love nuts in my salads.  

I picked the tomato soup for my contribution.  I have a confession to make.  Never, in my life, have I tasted tomato soup.  I know, I know.  Some of you are thinking that it must be because I don’t like tomatoes.  Ummm.  Tomatoes happen to be one of my favorite foods of all time.  So, my only reason for not ever trying tomato soup is that Campbell’s tomato doesn’t look too yummy to me.  The recipe that we used was a creamy tomato basil.  It was pretty good.  I can see why people consider this comfort food.   The verdict?  I think I’d make it again and I think my family would like it.  It was a good choice for the dinner party!
We finished the night with strawberry crisp, which was TO DIE FOR.  It didn’t photograph well, so it didn’t make the cut for the blog, but it was my favorite comfort food of the night.  
I love my dinner club friends.  It’s so nice to have a chance to sit and talk with other adults, find out how my friends’ lives are going, and just try out a few new recipes at the same time.  Now, don’t you agree that this is the BEST way to host a dinner party?
Thanks dinner club!  I can’t wait until next month!
Happy cooking!

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