"The only real stumbling block is the fear of failure. In cooking, you have got to have a what-the-hell attitude." ~ Julia Child

Holiday party. What the HELL am I thinking?

by Julie Tilsner on December 11, 2006

in Good Ideas Gone Bad

Persimmontable_1I’m throwing a holiday party on Friday. It’s now Monday night. I have to cook things to serve to people. I have relatives visiting from abroad. I have work. I have Christmas-y things to do for my kids’ classrooms. I have other frets. And now I have to cook. For people. Lots of people.

Tony talked me into this. He has thrown a lot of parties in his day. He has more confidence in this arena. He said if nobody shows, so what? We’ll get drunk and eat all the food ourselves.

I told him we’d have to be really drunk to do this. He said fine. He’ll bring a better grade of booze.

Today I asked Audrey, Kitchen Goddess Number Two, if she would help me by bringing a few special dishes. “I would just feel more secure if I know you’re there for me,” I said. “Watching my back.” She happily agreed. “I’ve been wanting to try this recipe for persimmon loaf,” she said.

And what about the hot apple cider, I asked. I want to make the flat smell warm and holidayicious. I want it to smell like a big Victorian house in New Hampshire, with icicles on the porch and a fire crackling in each of three hearths. How do you make it, I queried. Surely you have a traditional recipe for me. Surely you’ve read something in Martha Stewart Living or Gourmet or have a secret set of ingredients passed down by your grandmother. Reveal it to me!

“I go to Trader Joe’s and buy their cider,” she said. “And then I put some cinammon sticks in there, and I cut up an apple into really thin slices so you can see the star. And they float around in there. People really like that. They think you’ve picked the apples off your own tree or something.”

I love Audrey.

She also gave me this valuable tip: The day of the party, don’t cook anything with parmesan cheese in it. “Or your whole house will smell like vomit.”

Yes, this is a gal after my own heart.

Stay tuned for Holiday Party: Tips to Grow by.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

BaddAss MisterJ December 13, 2006 at 5:08 pm

Oh man. . . You scare me!!!
Some advice, use the Deli Center in your local Vons, Pavilions, Albertson’s, Ralph’s. . .
Buy ready-made Cheese or veggie party platters, and sides/salads, even dips/sauces.
This is a time saver, and you won’t have to worry about it!
Keep things simple, goodluck!!!
Can’t wait to read how it went!
Final advice, when in doubt. . . Drinks, drinks, drinks!!! Wines, and mixed holiday mixers!


cat December 16, 2006 at 4:02 pm

So how’d the party go? Love yur blog, very funny and the recipes aren’t bad either


cat December 16, 2006 at 4:08 pm

noticed your on a search to find the best ramen in LA, have you had Orochan Ramen in Little Tokyo, IMO the BEST Ramen in LA


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