Tuesday, January 20, 2009

2nd Annual Crab Dinner

So every year we go to California for Christmas (crab season), our request for crab gets larger and as we share in the bounty of the sea, we also host a quiet little dinner for a few friends. This year along with Jeremy and Laura Beth, and Kris and Rachel, we added Jason and Alisha to the list and had to move the dinner over to Laura Beth's house. The food was delicious, the conversation was hilarious, and the company was spectacular.

This is really the only big event that we host, so I really try to "go all out" and treat our friends to a great night (and it transports me to somewhere other than Great Falls). Enjoy the pics:

Laura Beth and Alisha

Alisha, Jason and Kris getting ready for the feast.
(Rachel hiding behind the camera! No really, thanks so much for taking the pics or I wouldn't have any!)

The table

The Menu:
Appetizers... Crab Stuffed Mushrooms, Crab Salad Hor d'ouerves, Shrimp Cocktail
Salad... Apple, Pecan(I used Almonds), Cranberry, Avocado Spinach Salad
Main... Crab (with butter and homemade buttermilk Ranch dipping sauces)
Baked Scallops, Bacon-Wrapped Asparagus, and Cheddar Bay Biscuits (like RL)
Dessert... Chocolate lava cakes with whipped cream and fresh Raspberries (sorry no pic, we ate them too quickly! but they were really pretty!)

The appetizer plate (minus the shrimp around the top of the glass. opps)
The main dish
(I meant to have wild rice as a side, but the texture just wasn't right, so I didn't serve it... turns out we had plenty of food!)

The busy chefs hard at work! I loved having two separate ovens!
My mom makes this same face!

Thank you J & LB for opening up your home to us and our friends for the great company and letting us pamper you with a scrumptious meal!


Rachel Melone said...

Thanks again so much!!! We are so happy we are apart of your annual dinner! We also had a complete blast with everyone. We MUST get together more often!

Dani said...

Sounds like loads of fun! Miss you guys and I absolutely love your backgroud picture, it is fabulous!

amber said...

That looks amazing. What a fun night.