Two Hours Before your Celebration

Scalloped Potatoes
  • 2 sprigs of thyme
  • 2 sprigs of rosemary
  • 2 cloves of garlic, crushed and peeled
  • 1/4 tsp of nutmeg
  • 3/4 cup of heavy cream or half and half
Place all ingredients in a small sauce pan over a very low heat.  You are going to infuse the cream with the flavors of the herbs.  Do not let the cream boil.  If it looks like it is going to boil immediately take it off the heat and let it sit while you work on the potatoes.​
  • ​2 baking potatoes
Peel and slice to 1/8 inch thickness.
Butter a 9 inch ceramic pie plate.  Make circles of the potatoes with only the edges overlapping, starting on the outer edge of the pie plate and working your way to the center.  Pour 1/3 of the cream over the potatoes and sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Make a second layer of potatoes the same way, pour 1/2 of the cream over the potatoes and sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Make a third layer of potatoes and pour the rest of the cream over the potatoes.  Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate.

Listen, we are talking potatoes here not rocket science.  First, if you don't have a 9 inch ceramic pie plate go buy one.  It costs less than $10 and can be used for so many purposes other than pie.  Second, if you run out of potatoes at the third layer, don't worry about it.  Just start layering at the center rather than the edges.

Rosemary and Garlic Crusted
 Loin Lamb Chops
  • 4 loin lamb chops (1 1/2 inches thick each)
  • 1 tsp dry rosemary leaves
  • 1 tsp granulated or powdered garlic
Sprinkle and press into the chops 1/2 of the rosemary and garlic.  Flip them over do the same thing on the other side. Salt and pepper lightly.  Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate.
  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary
  • 1 large garlic clove peeled
Finely chop and set aside.​

Also, preheat your oven to 375 degrees.  Take your potatoes out of the refrigerator so that they reach room temperature as well. Set them aside.

Remove the chops from the refrigerator.  I always allow meat to stand at room temperature for 1/2 hour before cooking it.  If you cook ice cold meat the heat is used to warm the ingredient rather than cook it and you run the risk of dried out meat.

It's time to plate your crudite so that when your guest arrives it is ready to be served.  

If you are using an ice bucket for your champagne 1/2 hour before your guest arrives, fill it 1/3 with ice and then add water so that the bucket is 1/2 full.  Place the champagne bottle in the bucket and set out your glasses.

10 minutes before your guest is scheduled to arrive light your candles and make sure that your music is ready to go.

Open your red or white wine.  Recork the white wine and keep it chilled.
One Half Hour Before your Celebration

Fine, but just one more thing.  Some people like grated parmesan cheese on their potatoes.  If you like, you can sprinkle cheese on before you bake the potatoes. This is one of the few times I forget about the cheese.  That's because I love the taste of potatoes so much.  I consider them their own food group.  If I had to chose between giving up potatoes and giving up chocolate, I'd give up chocolate.


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