I hang up the telephone...company's coming and what will I serve?
Good friends, the kind who accept you as you are...
no worries if the house is a bit under dusted no matter....
they have come to see you!
They are the best kind of friends.
long time friends,
friends who have seen you in illness, in health...
friends that come to converse and share...
We are relaxed and at ease...
When time is of the essence...
I serve an easy peasy uncomplicated dinner...
one that is quick to assemble and allows me time to visit.
How to do this?
I employ some speedy and convenient helpers
a jar of good quality sauce, Italian sausages, a package of prewashed spinach, a package of grated mozzarella cheese, and sheets of fresh lasagne, garlic bread, and a bakery made pie.
Serve a plate of fresh veggies with dip and a glass of wine and casually sip while the dinner is in the oven cooking.
Tossed mixed greens salad with cherry tomatoes
Simple vinagrette made in jam jar...see post.
Spicy Italian Sausage Lasagne
Lemon Meringue Pie
Spicy Italian sausages are sauteed with onions, mushrooms until cooked.
Add a quality jar of tomato based sauce and add spices.
(I use basil, worchestershire sauce, salt, pepper, and oregano)
Simmer until mixture is hot.
Coat the bottom of the lasagne pan with sauce layer pasta sheet
top with spinach leaves add a bit of sauce...
another sheet of pasta... more sauce
pasta and last bit of sauce to completely cover sheet of lasagne
top with grated cheese...
cover with foil and put in fridge.
Remove and let sit 30 minutes then heat oven to 350 degrees and bake 45 minutes...
the garlic bread takes about 15 minutes so just before the lasagne is finished cooking pop the bread into the oven the remove the lasagne and uncover let it sit for 10 minutes and serve...how easy is that?
Meanwhile you've sipped a glass of wine, munched on some raw veggies and chatted and laughed and caught up on all their news and shared yours...showed photos of grandbaby Isla and with their help have set the table and now there's time to sip more wine and enjoy a simple repast.
After the dishes were cleared the cards came out
and the bridge score was, well...
let's just say that the men won!
Cheating a little bit in the kitchen when last minute plans are made, make for a calm Hostess!
What quickie meals do you make for company?
Do you ever use pre washed salad greens, spinach or grated cheeses for convenience?