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I’ve spent hours getting nothing done!

It’s been that kind of week.


In reality it started the previous week when I set up delivery of my blog post I've always loved dinner parties, as I’ve been doing for years. And nothing happened—It didn’t go out and I don’t know why.


I’ve spent hours trying to resolve website issues. I won’t bother you with the details; let’s just say that no matter what I did, it didn’t work. What was frustrating was that at the end of the day I hadn’t accomplished anything, and the next day I’d get to do it all over again. It didn’t put a smile on my face.


But let me tell you what did make me happy.


This weekend we celebrated Mark, my husband’s, birthday with a dinner party that included our children and good friends.


Mark decided on the menu and did a lot of the cooking. He claims he learned how to cook from reading my book, Le Kitchen Cookbook: a Workbook. That’s quite a compliment! He’s gotten to be a really good cook and volunteers to do more and more of the cooking.


He keeps saying the best way to teach someone how to cook is to give them a copy of my book and have them read it from start to finish; that’s what he did and he swears by it!


Here is the menu we served:

First course:                Smoked salmon with shrimp and greens

Main course:               Osso boco

                                              Mashed potatoes 

                                              Haricot vert

        Cheese course:           Green salad with 3 cheeses

Dessert:                       German’s Chocolate Cake, Mark's family's holiday cake

                                              Coffee and tea


At the last minute, I decided to not serve the cheese course. It turned out that the main course and dessert were substantial, and it was just too much—the host’s prerogative.


Here are some behind-the-scenes photos of the evening.

Have you had unproductive weeks? How do you handle them? Is there something you do that makes you feel better?

Let us know in the comments.


Le Kitchen Cookbook

A Workbook

Everything you need to know to be a good cook.

by Adeline M. Olmer

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