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shortlist no. 1 / july 17, 2010

August 13, 2010

In light of the name of this blog, I think it’s only fair that I share my actual shortlists.

Yes, they really do exist. Though, as I’ve said, they’re only half the reason for the name. The other half – the shortlist espresso bar – is right up the road and is also the reason I get out of bed in the morning.

I probably got into the habit of making shortlists from my dad or my uncle (whose classic Thanksgiving shortlist I steal every year). Evidence of a controlling nature? Maybe. But I like to think that these little pieces of paper – which I recycle from husband’s environmentally unfriendly printing habits – keep my mind, and my kitchen, running smoothly.

Basically, a shortlist is the list I write for myself before a dinner party so I don’t forget what I’m making. You have no idea how many times I would have forgotten to put mint in a beet salad or all about that chocolate sauce in the fridge if I hadn’t written it down.

I usually throw away my shortlists during my whirlwind (read: drunk) post-dinner party cleanups.

But not anymore.

From now on, I think they’ll provide a lovely log of what I’ve cooked for dinner parties, how many we’ve had, and how monotonous my dinner party repertoire really is. Maybe they’ll inspire me to change it up a bit. Maybe they’ll inspire you to have a dinner party of your own. And if nothing else? Maybe they’ll inspire you to come over for dinner.

shortlist no. 1

a mid-winter dinner party for 5

kielbasi (which I didn’t end up making)

fresh bread

cheeses with accompaniments

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wilted spinach and Tuscan beans with warm shrimp

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homemade pappardelle with lamb ragù served with pecorino and herbed ricotta

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cherry bread pudding with bourbon sauce and ice cream

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7 Comments leave one →
  1. August 13, 2010 10:13 am

    What a lovely blog you have here! I am enjoying your recipes heaps.

    You have now inspired me to also keep my “shortlists” from dinner parties; although, one side is used for the menu and the other for the grocery list, so both sides tend to always get covered in olive oil. But, I will try.

    • August 13, 2010 10:54 am

      Ha! Thanks, Sasha. My shortlists get pretty danky as well, so I’m going to try to photograph them before the mayhem!

  2. Meredith permalink
    August 13, 2010 11:03 am

    Oh, I wish I could come over for dinner!

  3. August 13, 2010 11:13 am

    I wish you could come, too!

  4. Kath permalink
    August 14, 2010 3:11 am

    I’m considering leaving work right now and flying to Australia… Mer, wanna meet me there and we can all dine together?

  5. brenna permalink
    August 14, 2010 5:14 am

    HEY HEY DON’T FORGET ABOUT ME

    (also, that handwriting always occupies a place of honour on my fridge…”Lani’s bread” and “spicy sausage soup” are always on hand)

  6. Kath permalink
    August 14, 2010 7:20 am

    BRENNA! I could never forget about you!!

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