Shopping List
(For the Meat Menu) 
PRODUCE
1 bunch basil (This is for herbed the goat cheese.)
1 bunch chives (This is for herbed the goat cheese.)
1 bunch rosemary 
1 bunch sage
1 bunch thyme
2 bunches flat leaf Italian parsley
1 bunch of carrots (You will only need 1 carrot.) 
15 oz baby arugula (The plastic boxes arugula is packaged in each hold 5 oz.)
2 medium size fennel bulbs (It's also called anise.) 
1 head garlic
2 medium yellow onions 
2 shallots
4-6 heads endive
2 lb white mushrooms (They should be 1 1/2-2 inches across.)
1 lb baby carrots
2 medium size butternut  squash 
1 head celery
6 lemons 
4 oz pitted green olives 
4 oz pitted black olives (Don't use kalamata olives.)
8 apples (I use 4 macoun and 4 granny smiths.) 

DAIRY
12 oz goat cheese 
1/2 lb unsalted butter
12 oz sour cream 
16 oz whole milk (This is for home made ice cream.)
16 oz heavy cream (8 oz is for the home made ice cream.) 
6 oz block parmigiano reggiano
1/2 dozen eggs (This is for home made ice cream.)

MEAT
1 lb sliced pepperoni 
2 Beef Short Ribs for each guest (12-16 total) 
1/2 lb bacon
1 lb chicken livers

GROCERIES
Cinnamon sticks (This is for home made ice cream.)
Ground cinnamon
1 vanilla bean or vanilla extract (This is for home made ice cream.)
Light brown sugar
Sugar
Flour 
Quaker Oatmeal (It's not the instant kind in the envelopes.)
32 oz beef broth
32 oz chicken broth
Olive oil
Honey
Non-stick spray
Italian flavored bread crumbs 
2 baguettes

ADDITIONAL ITEMS
1 bottle red wine for cooking
Wine to drink with the starters and the meal
6 bottles of water with bubbles 
50 cocktail napkins
3 different sized pillar candles
Red, green and yellow apples
Dried corn husks
Tea light candles

Organization and Other Thoughts

  • STOP!  Did you take my earlier advice?  Before you leave for the supermarket check your pantry against your dairy and grocery list.
  • Make your life easy:  complete your shoppping at least one day before preparing a dish.
  • Organize your shopping list.  Add up the total amount of a single ingredient you will need for all dishes. List items to correspond with the layout of your supermarket.
  • Organize your food preparation. A couple of simple steps will make cooking more enjoyable:  first, lay out all of the ingredients for the dish you are preparing and second, chop and measure each ingredient ahead of time so that you can focus on creating the perfect dish.
  • When buying wine assume 5 (not 6) glasses per bottle. Err on the side of abundance.  It's better to have too much rather than too little wine.  You can always drink it some other time!
  • Always get your bread from a good bakery.
  • Always cook with wine you would drink.
  • Don't skimp when buying olive oil.  Flavorful extra virgin olive oil is worth the money.
  • Never substitute one cheese for another.  If the recipe calls for parmigiano reggiano, use parmigiano reggiano.
  • Don't waste money on fancy sparkling water -- any water with bubbles is fine.
  • On the other hand, don't be cheap in quantity or quality of cocktail napkins.  Festive napkins are an inexpensive way to add to the ambiance.

Shopping List
(For the Fish Menu) 
PRODUCE
1 bunch basil (This is for herbed goat cheese.)
1 bunch chives (This is for herbed goat cheese.)
1 bunch flat leaf italian parsley
15 oz baby arugula (The plastic boxes arugula is packaged in each hold 5 oz.)
2 medium size fennel bulbs (It's also called anise.) 
1 head garlic
1 medium yellow onion
4-6 heads endive
2 lb white mushrooms (They should be 1 1/2-2 inches across.)
1 lb carrots 
2 medium size butternut  squash
6 lemons
4 oz pitted green olives 
4 oz pitted black olives (Don't use kalamata olives.)
8 apples ( I use 4 macoun and 4 granny smiths) 

DAIRY
12 oz goat cheese 
1/2 lb unsalted butter 
12 oz sour cream 
16 oz whole milk (This is for home made ice cream.)
16 oz heavy cream (8 oz is for home made ice cream)
6 oz block parmigiano reggiano
1/2 dozen eggs (This is for home made ice cream.)

FISH
Store prepared sea food salad
4-5 lb halibut (Ask the fish department to remove the skin and cut into individual portions for you.)

GROCERIES
Cinnamon sticks (This is for home made ice cream.)
Ground cinnamon
1 vanilla bean or vanilla extract (This is for home made ice cream.)
Light brown sugar
Sugar
Flour
Quaker Oatmeal (It's not the instant kind in the envelopes.)
Olive oil
Honey
Non-stick spray
Italian flavored bread crumbs 
2 baguettes

ADDITIONAL ITEMS
Wine to drink with the starters and the meal
6 bottles of water with bubbles 
50 cocktail napkins
3 different sized pillar candles
Red, green and yellow apples
Dried corn husks
Tea light candles

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Thoughts on Sue's Wine Selections
  • Mionetta Prosecco Brut:  It's readily available, recognizable and gets very favorable reviews.  Go for it.
  • Fattoria del Cerro Chianti Colli Senesi 2010:  This is a good complement to appetizers for your red wine drinkers.
  • Masi Campofiorini Rosso Del Veronese 2008:  I love this wine.  It's bold and reminiscent of an amarone, but at a fraction of the cost.
  • Chablis 2009 Simonnet-Febvre:  This is a "go to" wine for me.  It's perfect for enjoying with appetizers or just sipping.
  • Louis Jadot Beaujolais-Villages 2010:  This wine has such a beautiful color.  It will go perfectly with the starters and will even pair with the fish if you have guests who only like red wine.  
  • Pouilly Fuisse 2011 Reserve, Mathilde LaFleur:  This is a very rich wine which will go perfectly with your fish menu.  It's not for sipping.

Everyday Divas Celebrations
with Mimi and sue
Autumn Dinner