Sunday, July 18, 2010

Chambers Family Dinner for the next few weeks

hi faithful followers!

Just a reminder that CFD is not happening until further notice. Our apartment is a disaster area full of boxes and bicycles, to the point where our Hanna dog is scared to traverse it. she pretty much just sits at our feet looking worried. The hope is that we will have a relatively put-together house in which to host one last CFD before moving to China. Either way, I've decided to maintain the blog, simply transitioning it to recount our Chinese food adventures in learning to cook completely different. I'm excited but fairly intimidated. I'm sure there will be more than a few botched attempts.

In the meantime, find some great food to eat and we'll get together soon!

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Menu: July 11th, 2010

Wow....what a whirlwind! Last week's CFD was my dream come true: delicious burgers cooked by my fantastic husband, french fries, calico beans, sweet watermelon, tons of brownies, and then 13 friends to share it with! seriously. Seeing our small small living room packed with friends all sitting 2 inches from one another to make room made it all worth it. Talking, sharing, and laughing followed up by fireworks at lake eola: officially one of my top two CFD's of the past year. (i.e. ever) The other was when my gloriously large family showed up unexpectedly, bringing love and expertise when it came to seasoning my shrimp scampi.

We started Chambers Family Dinner last year on September 13th, with 3 guests and simple oven-fried chicken. Now, here we are at July 11th, with a 13-person record and the development of at least a three-course dinner every week. It's been fun...and I can't say enough how grateful I am to each and every person who has graced our home over the course of this adventure.

So....perhaps you are thinking, it sounds as if they are stopping CFD. Well, we are. Sort of. That is, we're moving CFD to China. As of this present moment (and our plans develop, i'm not kidding, every two days) Brian and I are scheduled to move to Beijing, China for 6 months starting in September. The excitement is at a fever pitch here and we can't wait to get started. I, for one, am completely intrigued and impatient to try my hand at authentic Chinese cuisine. What better place to learn?

Therefore, since we will not be in Orlando come september, to celebrate our 1 year CFD anniversary, we're going to celebrate a bit early. This weekend, the 11th, we will be having the last normal CFD. 6:30 as usual. Then we're going to take a few weeks off and host one last dinner on one last sunday before we leave. I'm not sure as to the date, but we'll let you know.

Now that i've gotten that out of the way....on to the menu!!

Tomorrow's meal:

Appetizer: Chickpea and red pepper salsa with savory pita

Salad course: 7-layer salad

Entree: Parmesan-crusted chicken cutlets with lemon fusilli and arugula

Dessert: Better Than Sex cake
(i know, my mom told me I should come up with a better name, but what name is better than that?)

See you Sunday at 6:30!!