This week, I invited the family over for dinner - with a preschooler-friendly menu in mind. At the last minute, I asked my daughter to bring her new boyfriend, figuring she’d decline since meeting the parents is a big deal. She’s been playing things low key, dropping hints and then announcing she was “in a relationship” via Facebook. She said they could make it. ACK! “They,” meaning the new guy was coming too.
|It couldn't be as bad as the movie, right? Right????|
Did I mention the house was suitable for family but not for guests? I mean, we've been working on patio project so our house was a mess of dirt tracks and dust bunnies! Did I mention this meeting was a big deal? When it comes to cleaning or cooking, I pick cleaning every time. I'm an "all day" sort of cook. With limited time, I didn't want to be totally frazzled when our guest walked through the door. Plus, cleaning produces endorphins and burns calories!
Fortunately, I live two blocks from my Fresh Market grocery store and a mile from a French bakery. Have I mentioned when we were deciding where our empty nester home would be, I refused to move when Fresh Market was built within walking distance? Hence, our screened porch and patio project we planned to christen with the family dinner that night.
I needed a simple entrée that could be made for a crowd. Just because I live out of the box doesn’t mean I don’t have a bag of tricks. Off to Fresh Market I went. Boneless chicken breasts were on sale! A sign for sure! So I picked up my favorite Vidalia onion dressing. Why is it my favorite? See those words? GLUTEN-FREE!
Cut up fruit, bagged salad, carrots, tomatoes, and corn on the cob went in the cart. A stop by the French Bakery for brownies, lemon bars and a macaron made with almond flour for me (see Virginia’s post on how to make them when you have time Virginia's macarons) and back home I flew to, gulp, trap and release dust bunnies.
I set the oven for 350 degrees, covered the chicken with the Vidalia dressing and baked them for 40 minutes or so depending on the thickness of the chicken breasts.You can also dress it up with grated cheddar cheese or bacon strips. My daughter-in-law has had to give up dairy so we went with healthy! But that is it! Easy!
How did dinner go? We like the guy our daughter likes and he liked the chicken. He even brought me flowers! Whew!