Today is The Rose Table’s four year anniversary. Thank you all for letting me be part of your table. It means so much to me and I love hearing from all of you! In the spirit of celebrating, here are my top four favorites of so many things.
Top Four Filming Memories
- When I ended season one on my wakeboard even though everyone said I “couldn’t possibly” end a cooking series on a wakeboard
- When part of my crust went flying towards the camera in my Strawberry Galette episode
- When Sarah got me a little tipsy by saying “take another sip” every ten seconds when filming the sunset shot in my opening credits and in the Saint Croix episode
- When I dropped part of my ice cream maker on a vase of flowers
Top Four Favorite Episodes (thus far!)
Top Four Favorite Savory Recipes
- Roasted Chicken
- Fideos with Chorizo and Mussels
- Steamed Mussels with Fresh Tomatoes and Parmesan
- Grilled Lobster Tails
Top Four Favorite Sweet Recipes
Top Four Tips for Entertaining
- Never serve anything to guests that you haven’t made successfully for yourself before
- Candles and dinner party music make a huge difference (get my dinner party playlist here)
- Don’t serve all heavy, rich dishes – I often serve simple dishes with a fancy sauce or a light fish course before a rich cake
- Don’t forget to enjoy yourself. The hostess sets the tone for a party so have fun!
And the answers to a few frequently asked Disney Dinners questions for you:
What was the easiest Disney Dinner to host? Mulan. I was the least stressed during Mulan. The menu is super easy to execute!
What was the least expensive Disney Dinner? The food is the least expensive for this month’s Disney Dinner (Cars!) but I didn’t own any of the decor, unlike most all of the other Disney Dinners. Beauty and the Beast was the cheapest decor because my dining room was already French themed.
At which Disney Dinner did you have the most fun? Pirates of the Caribbean! I had the best time at Pirates, either because it’s my favorite movie of all time, I was drinking my favorite rum punch, or because I had five other dinners under my belt and they finally started to get easier. (Side bar: I find it so easy to cook for six people now because it’s not nearly as stressful as cooking for six people and filming a video and doing 4-7 photo shoots at the same time!)
What’s your favorite Disney Dinner so far? I have to say, Frozen still holds a special place in my heart because the opening is so magical with the snow. It felt the most Disneyland of any of the dinners because the dining room was so transformed by the lighting. But having said that, I might have to go with Princess and the Frog! It was just so pretty and twinkly and special and it was a huge goal of mine to shuck oysters at a party so it felt like a huge win.
I don’t know about y’all, but I am seriously looking forward to another year of The Rose Table.
Make your own magic,