Monday, May 23, 2011

Baked Mashed Potatoes

Last night I was able to help a friend of the family celebrate his 70th birthday.  He and his wife selected a menu and invited their close friends to enjoy a meal in their home.  The guests were gracious, grateful, and very enthusiastic about the food.  I love when people truly enjoy their food. 

For dinner, the guests enjoyed caesar salad, roasted asparagus, grilled vegetables, baked mashed potatoes, crabcakes, and beef tenderloin. The funniest thing - the mashed potatoes were the clear favorite!  I find this so interesting - fancy food has it's place, but what we all really love is some good home cooking.  The kind of things our grandmothers made.  Comfort food. 

roasted whole beef tenderloin with assorted mushrooms in a wine reduction, served with gorgonzola sauce

roasted asparagus spears

caesar salad with garlic baguette crisps and shaved parmesan

baked mashed potatoes

Maryland-style lump crabcakes

I'll be sharing the recipes later in the week!  All of the recipes or components are easy to make ahead of time.  This would make a terrific dinner party menu. 


  1. I'm drooling. Can't wait for the recipes. Happy Monday! :o)

  2. Mmmmmmmmmmm Baked mashed potatoes look delicious. I'm hanging for that recipe now...

    Is it wrong to want beef for breakfast?

  3. I'm so glad I had breakfast before I saw this, or i would have craved beef for breakfast too. It all looks so good. Hope those recipes are going to posted very very soon.

  4. oh yes, crab cakes, asparagus, beef! Can't wait.