"Don't ask me how it happened. I can't tell you. But certainly these elements came into play: planning too far ahead, not writing things down, friends finally getting back to us with the one possible date they could come for dinner in months, visitors in town for just one night.
"All of a sudden my husband and I realized we'd signed ourselves up to cook dinner parties six times in the same week. At the time, it seemed not ideal, but (almost) doable. Think of it this way, I told him, let's pretend we're private chefs for a family who likes to entertain a lot on the spur of the moment.
'It will be fun.'"
This week's recipes include:
- Cold almond and garlic soup
- Burrata with speck, English peas and Parmigiano-Reggiano
- Steamed corn with clams and bacon
- Hog's Breath Inn's artichoke soup
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