A table we set for a small dinner party a few months ago. Send us your table photos!
It's Week Eight of the 8 Step Spring Kitchen Cure, and that means you're just about done. This last week you learned a new basic culinary skill. Many people wanted to learn a basic sauce, so we posted an easy Basic Tomato Sauce. Some made pie, others worked on their meat skills. Then, you also planned a full meal, using your new skill.
Then I encouraged you to drink some wine, to get comfortable (if you aren't already) with the process of selecting wines and talking to your local wine shop. And then... drumrolll... put a date on the calendar for your dinner party. You're graduating! Celebrate!
This week you are going to plan your party. Even if your date is in the future (heather lauren is having a sangria party on June 28th - yum, can we be invited?), you can start planning now. There's plenty to do.
Maxwell hanging the lanterns in a way I spied at Anthropologie a few years prior. Have a vision and ask for help executing it!
This week is your opportunity to get creative and ask questions. We're here (staff and readers) to help you. This is the spot: in the comments. We're also going to do some posts about how to organize yourself well for a party, especially if you're cooking and/or serving in cramped quarters.
So I won't overwhelm you with a list of assignments for the week. The main idea here is use everything you've gained in the Cure and celebrate with a dinner party. Plan it to be in the next month or two; you want to keep the knife sharp, so to speak.
At the very least, you now have:
- A de-cluttered and clean refrigerator and cupboards. (Week One)
- A healthier collection of foods, having decided how literally you want to take the request to "toss your processed foods. (Week Two)
- An understanding of how to cook with what you have, instead of going out and buying every single ingredient called for in a recipe. (Week Three)
- Practice roasting a chicken or vegetables for one meal, then turning it into a second meal, like soup, with a different cooking method. (Week Four)
- Practice baking fresh bread. (Week Five)
- A well-stocked pantry based on savory and sweet cooking goals. (Week Six)
- A final new skill (sauces, pie crusts, and meat prep were common), some practice selecting wines, and a commitment to hosting a dinner party in the near future. (Week Seven)
- A party to give... (Week Eight)
Wow. Congratulations! I am utterly impressed.
This isn't good-bye: we'll be with you all week, and of course, The Kitchn is always here for you, seven days a week, inspiring cooks and nourishing homes.
All The Info
• Kitchn Cure: Week Seven! Learn One New Skill, Drink, and Send Invitations
• Week Six! Stocking the Pantry and Planning a Whole Meal
• Kitchn Cure Monday Check-In: How Did the Weekend Bread (or Matzah) Baking Go?
• Kitchn Cure: Week Five! Bread Baking Assignment
• Kitchn Cure: Week Five! Taking Stock and Reporting Back
• Kitchn Cure: Week Four! Fire Up the Stove
• Kitchn Cure: Week Three! Use What Your Mama Gave You
• Kitchn Cure: Week Two! Going Deeper - Goodbye Processed Foods!
• Kitchn Cure: Week One! Getting Started and De-Cluttering Your Food
• All Kitchn Spring Cure 2008 Posts
• The Kitchn Cure Flickr Pool Page