Sunday, February 7, 2016

Painting and Party

We painted the walls of the kitchen for a (necessary) finishing touch.  It looks so nice in the morning sunlight, with some forsythia branches that I picked up at Whole Foods.


We hosted a Mardi Gras party to play around cooking some of our New Orleans favorites.  It was a fun crowd!  I love how when you have a party with vinyl, everyone takes a turn picking a record, and the music never seems to stop. 

Cocktails:
bourbon milk punch
satsuma champagne mimosas

Menu:
Smoked Oyster Pate
Oysters Bienville (broiled with breadcrumbs, shallots, and butter)
muffaletta salad (chopped up muffaletta insides on toast)
garlic bread
Fresh Raw Oysters on ice
Baked Boudin Balls with Mustard Remoulade
TurkeyBacon-wrapped Shrimp-and-Grits Tarts with BBQ spices
Southern Shrimp Cocktail
Crab Imperial with Garlic- Chive Sauce 
Bananas Foster Bread Pudding
king cake bundt cake

We used the punch bowl and these adorable little mini plates that my sister-in-law gave us to assemble tiny individual serving shrimp cocktails and shrimp-and-grits tarts with roasted okra.

The Oysters Bienville were broiled in ceramic dishes oyster shell dishes that we picked up at Petite Amelie during this last trip to New Orleans.

And Ben shucked dozens of raw oysters over the course of the night.  We had to make a special order at the grocery store.  We served them with caviar and mignonette.

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