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My Ten Days in the Kitchen

thecooktoo's picture

Just finished a 10 day cooking marathon.  Schedule for the past 10 days.

Thursday - shopped (4 hours for a wine class on Friday;

Friday - Went to friends house to begin prep for Sunday lunch for group of church friends that meet every Sunday after church in local restaurants.  First time in somebodys home and I cooked (14 People);

Friday night - taught Wine and Food class, menu was Grilled Tuna Nicoise Salad, French Pork Stew and Grilled Steak, Onion and Pepper Sandwiches Ciabatta Rolls.  Nine wines to pair.

Sat AM - back to friends house to continue prep for Sunday.

Sat PM - Catered a party for my son for 50 people with 2 helpers and a bar tender.  First time I've ever done a party for 50 people with two totally separate menu from 5 to 7 PM , breakdown and re-set up another completely different menu.  Their dog got into the $300 Mediterranean Torta, but we covered it up!

Sunday - Lunch for 14 people; menu was Chicken Satay's with Peanut Sauce, Bacon Wrapped Venison Tenderloin, Grilled Romain Salad with Blue Cheese Dressing, Venison Stew, Roasted Marinated Pork Loin with Chipotle Onion Gravy and Summer Veggies in Light Cheese Sauce and Poached pears in Red Wine served with Chocolate Sorbet and reduced poaching syrup.  Very successful.

Mon-Tues -Off

Wed, leave for SC to cater nephews wedding on Sat.

Thurs, arrive Charlotte REstaurant Depot to begin buying at noon...arrived at brothers house at 8PM after Costco and Publix Stops and delivering all the food to the Church.

Friday...9am to 6pm - all day prep with 12 volunteers...none really great in the kitchen.  Actually, 12 year old DGS was the biggest helper of all.

Saturday 9am -9pm - Prepared for 175, served about 145 guests.  Menu included:

Barbecued Brisket, Poached Salmon with Dill Sauce, Blueberry barbecued Meatballs, Sandwiches of Roast beef, baked ham and roast turkey, Strawberry Spinach Salad, Ind. quiches, chicken Satays, Macaroni Salad, Fruit Salad, Veggie Tray, Black Bean and Corn Salsa, Jalapeno Cheese Fondue, cheese Platter...and I think that's all.

Rough 10 days for this old man, but very rewarding!  Got nephew married off and gone.


Canuck's picture

(post #52771, reply #1 of 20)

Wow! I'm impressed. Think how many happy tummies you've filled in the past two weeks.

I hope you're ordering takeout tonight! :)

Jean's picture

(post #52771, reply #2 of 20)

I can barely stand long enough to make one meal!  Just reading about it made me tired.

Sometimes I wonder--why is that Frisbee getting bigger?--and then it hits me.

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chiquiNO's picture

(post #52771, reply #3 of 20)

Their dog got into the $300 Mediterranean Torta, but we covered it up!



You've got to tell this story!!!!  $300.00????What was it made of????



Gretchen's picture

(post #52771, reply #4 of 20)

OK, Charlotte REstaurant Depot.  Do NOT tell me you were in Charlotte even to shop and didn't call!!  OR was this LAST week while we were gone.  Anyway, what a guy--what a talent!!  Congrats.


Edited 7/19/2009 2:56 pm ET by Gretchen

Adele's picture

(post #52771, reply #5 of 20)

I ate ice cream for dinner.  Boy was it rough opening the freezer.  LOL

You must be exhausted!

But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

soupereasy's picture

(post #52771, reply #6 of 20)

I made red wine poached pears the other day. Served them tonight with a bit of vanilla ice cream, with a drizzle of poaching syrup.

Don't work too hard. Hate to lose you or your input!

Menus sound wonderful. :)

shipscook's picture

(post #52771, reply #7 of 20)

Oh My, Major Kudos!!!!!!!!

I get paid to do that and am super impressed with your menus. How lucky your friends are!

Take care,


CulinaryArtist's picture

(post #52771, reply #8 of 20)

What a marathon, congrats on all fronts, glad to know you got the 12 year old to help, that must have been very rewarding!

I'm tired thinking about all that work!  Glad you made it all happen, sounds like you enjoyed it as well!





MadMom's picture

(post #52771, reply #9 of 20)

I'm tired, just reading all of that...but hungry, too!  Sounds like a wonderful set of parties.

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Gretchen's picture

(post #52771, reply #10 of 20)

Next question. Where was the "do" in Charleston? Hope you had a "real" kitchen!! Great job.


thecooktoo's picture

(post #52771, reply #12 of 20)

The wedding was in a big church in Williamson,SC...we stopped on the way down at RD in Charlotte to make the major buys, then to the church to unload, then to Costco and Publix to buy the rest of the stuff. They had a big kitchen with lots of counter space, but it was not commercial equipment, but it worked just fine  It was a great experience, but one that I don't wish to repeat anytime soon!


Gretchen's picture

(post #52771, reply #14 of 20)

Where is Restaurant Depot?!!!  Great job, again.


CulinaryArtist's picture

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Not the right Jim, but here's the info!





Gretchen's picture

(post #52771, reply #16 of 20)

Well,, for heaven's sake.  Thanks.


Marcia's picture

(post #52771, reply #11 of 20)

Goodness, Jim, how DID you do it? It's marvelous that you made all that good food and survived, as well.

butterscotch's picture

(post #52771, reply #13 of 20)

Congratulations on a major achievement!  With a schedule like the one you described, it's amazing you had the energy left even to post about it.  As usual, the food sounds like it was terrific. Now rest on your laurels for a while and perhaps let DW cook for you. 

belaine's picture

(post #52771, reply #17 of 20)

I cannot even imagine all the work - what a lucky family to have you!! Take some time for yourself now.


thecooktoo's picture

(post #52771, reply #18 of 20)

Took all day Sunday off, spent three hours Mon. morning having the car serviced (damned check engine light - one of those emission control dealies)...the Toyota dealer could not find the problem.

I have my Avalon serviced in Greer because they do it better and for about half of what they charge in DC, and I'm there often enough to get it done.

Anyhoo...they got the engine light out finally (after 3 hours).  Oh, and this dealer has a hostess every morning serving breakfast to their customers...Sausage, egg and cheese biscuits, grits, pastries, fruit, juices and really good coffee.  This is my kind of dealership!

Left Greer at 1PM, returned to DC via 77 and I81 to I 66.  Stopped at Mrs. Rowe's in Staunton, VA.  If you've never been there, plan a trip down I 81 and try this restaurant.  It was featured in Gourmet 8 or 10 years ago.  Wonderful, all home made foods.  Really wonderful restaurant.

Got home at 11PM...have not done much today either!


shar999's picture

(post #52771, reply #19 of 20)

Just a little heads up......

Next time your check engine light comes on, turn off the car.  Go outside and take the gas cap off and then put it back on and make sure that you hear the 3 clicks after tightening.

This has happened to several people that I know and corrects the problem.  Something to do with a vaacuum, I think, is what the mechanic told my daughter.

thecooktoo's picture

(post #52771, reply #20 of 20)

Yea, that's what happened last time.  My wife does not have enough strength in her fingers to tighten the cap.  But this time it is an internal gadget in the gas tank that is leaking.