All posts tagged: Dinner

an outdoor dining table – the rustic approach

While I slowly being tackling projects inside The Cottage, the outdoors are really one of the special places where I can experiment with different set ups when having guests over. While this past weekend I was excited to have friends over for my first outdoor dinner party, I was not ready to commit to spending $$$ on an outdoor table quite yet. Instead, I opted to spend about $60 and take the more rustic approach. Just add in a blanket and some pillows, and you are ready for a casual table setting on the lawn. Now I just need to get the lawn prepped for next season! What you need: – 2 pieces of birch plywood sizes 2 ft X 4 ft (I like the finish and might stain one side down the road) – 3 concrete blocks (you might want to get a thinner block to give you a couple more inches of height – like these) seats 4-6 people / or you can use just one piece of wood and two blocks if you …

{Pin This} Summer Love

After a rainy week, we had a beautiful weekend! I made a big purchase (here) so, if you are looking for me, I will probably be riding up and down Riverside Park to and from work. I am one lucky girl. Soaking in that fresh air made me long for an al fresco dinner with friends, and my fellow pinners have been feeling the same. Here are some of my favorite pins that have inspired a dinner soon to come. Strawberries + lemonade + vodka = summer cocktail perfection. The perfect setting. Simple way to serve an outdoor classic. A twist on mozzarella. Just have to buy this print. “I have no regrets”. Say so long to watered down punch.

{How do I…?} Order in Italian

It is no secret that while I do love to cook, I tend to get sucked into the trap that is NYC takeout. With the addition of sites like Seamless, it has become almost too easy to order in (heck, I have been known to do it while in a cab on the way home.) If you find yourself short on time, but still wanting to pop open a bottle of vino. Extend that dinner invite to a few friends, with my how to guide to ordering in the perfect Italian feast. {Italian Dinner for Four} What to order: Appetizer: 2 caprese salads (they get better the longer they sit, so a safe bet when ordering in) First Course: 1 Large Caesar Salad Main Course: 2 Large orders of pasta Some of my favorites: Orecchiette with Sausage and Broccoli Rabe, Penne alla Vodka with grilled chicken, a Classic Penne al Pomodoro, or spaghetti with meatballs Sides: 2 veggie sides like spinach or green beans Dessert: Pick up some fresh berries and ice cream on your way home. A simple …