Oh What A Night

There is nothing I enjoy more than entertaining family/friends with a labor of love home cooked dinner. Last night filled the bill. And “Oh What A Night it was…” My husband Bill and I hosted a dinner party for our dear friends, my frissy, and her husband, Bob.

I set the table with a very colorful table-cloth and my best china.


The kitchen pub table is where we enjoyed an array of appetizers.


which included the crackers and chips above to build your own party in your mouth with a variety of smoked salmon,


and a wonderful smoked salmon dip


We were not short on a plethora of drinks to choose from, such as the variety of beers (take note of the bottle with the pink elephant… Delirium nocturnum…Bill took a particular liking to that…)  🙂


and wine that frissy and Bob brought.. Even our daughter, Shantel, who will be 21 in June, enjoyed a glass of Prosecco. 🙂


For those who enjoy red wine, Bill had a bottle of Earthquake, Petite Sirah, at the ready..


I stayed with my all time favorite, Yellow Tail..


We ate the appetizers as we enjoyed the beers and wines, toasting our friendships as we laughed and talked and waited for the main event dish…

What, you might ask, was the main event dish of the evening? Well, when I asked my frissy what she wanted me to make for her for dinner, she said “that’s a no-brainer, I want jambalaya!!! So jambalaya it was. Made with chicken, kielbasa, ham, shrimp and scallops. The broth is a tomato/chicken stock base seasoned with bell peppers, onion, celery, garlic, black pepper, old bay seafood seasoning, and Cajun seasoning . I always make this up, adding everything but the shrimp and scallops, the day before so all the flavors have time to marry. Then, when I’m ready to serve it, I bring it up to a slow simmer and add in the shrimp and scallops just before dishing it up.


It was served over rice


and of course you must have some good crusty bread to soak up all that broth…


Now, back to the beer bottle with the pink elephant, the Delirium nocturnum.. Keep in mind that Bill doesn’t usually drink all that much, and he rarely drinks wine… but if he does drink wine, he likes Earthquake Petite Sirah. Well, last night, he loved the beers, especially the Delirium nocturnum, AND the wine… He relaxed and laughed harder than I’ve seen him laugh in a long time… By the time the evening was over, and he went to bed, he was feeling no pain… he said it was a perfect night with good friends, good food and good drinks… and he’s right, it was!

This morning, however, he was sporting a different tune… When he finally came out to join me in the family room, he was moving much slower, and when I asked him how he felt, he said “I feel like a truck hit me, a BIG, F#####g truck!!! He’s sticking to just water today.. 🙂


I said but did you have fun? He said I sure did! So, as “they” say… all is well that ends well… and a fun time was had by all…!

For me, the evening was perfect, just perfect!!!

Stay Tuned!

6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. gotham girl
    Mar 16, 2014 @ 19:03:10

    Oh what an evening it was!!! Fun was had by all! From the moment we arrived and sat at your beautifully set communal table it was relaxing, fun and filled with laughter. So glad my bro enjoyed the beers…albeit a little slow today….ha ha! But that will put hair on his chest, right?

    Now guess what I’m warming up? Yeppers…my very own jambalaya for lunch! Now…I must go so I can eat more your deliciousness!! THANKS so much for a beautiful and scrumptious dinner! Love you!!!

    Oh…oh…oh….and THANK YOU for the candle lit atmosphere!!! LOL!!!


    • beyondcinderella
      Mar 16, 2014 @ 19:13:27

      You are so very welcome frissy. I love that you love that jambalaya so much. You know anytime you get hungry for it I’ll always make it for you because, I love you MORE!!! xoxo


  2. Ellen Kaufman
    Mar 16, 2014 @ 19:33:52

    Your table looked beautiful and everything look delicious as well I am sure you enjoyed the evening with you bestie friends. Tell Bill it was worth it.. By the way Happy St Patrick’s Day !


    • beyondcinderella
      Mar 16, 2014 @ 19:58:32

      Thank you Aunt Ellen. Yes, we always enjoy our time spent with my frissy, and, as always, it was a fun-filled evening. Happy St Patrick’s Day to you and yours as well! XoXo


  3. katsbynp
    Mar 16, 2014 @ 22:52:15

    That jambalaya looks delicious and especially with the crusty bread. Your table looks beautiful. I like to entertain as well.Glad you were able to enjoy time with friends! Have a Happy St Patrick’s Day!


    • beyondcinderella
      Mar 16, 2014 @ 23:03:51

      Thank you Kathy. When you come out if you want to try my jambalaya, I will make it for you too. Crusty bread and all…! Happy St. Patrick’s Day to you and yours as well. Can’t wait to get you out here for more family fun times… XoXo


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