Monday, December 20, 2010

The Five-Course Menu

Avery: How is the cooking going? Posting the master menu yet?? I feel like a nervous mother hen. Munchie is all grown up....
Celine: Umm I just had Spam for dinner.

That was the last time I talked about "progress" on my mission to perfect a five-course gourmet meal. As much as I do love Spam (it's a Filipino thing, don't judge), I really shouldn't be saying such things anymore now that I'm practically 30. When I created this list, most of the things I set out to do were largely about making the most out of my fleeting youth. This is one is about growing up.

I'd like to perfect one great meal that I can serve in a grown-up dinner party without fearing my guests will end up starving or munching on pizza delivered at the last moment. So without further ado, here's the meal I've decided to master:

First Course: Michael Chiarello's roasted butternut squash soup
Second Course: Mark Bittman's brussel sprouts with bacon and figs
Third Course: Thomas Keller's Ad Hoc caramelized scallops
Fourth Course: Ad Hoc beef stroganoff
Fifth Course: Jean-Georges Vongerichten's Molten Chocolate Magic

I welcome any constructive comments from people who actually know how to cook and construct menus since I pretty much just piled in dishes I love digging into during the winter. And of course, if any chefs would love to give me a lesson or two, I would be ecstatic for help. Do you have a trusty yet fabulous go-to meal when you need to impress? Tell us about it!

For now, I'm off to go be a good "customer". I am currently on Christmas vacation and my parents are on a mission to fatten me up. I can't complain.

Wishing you all a wonderful Christmas surrounded by those you love!

Image of caramelized scallops via Food Gal; beef stroganoff via The Cookbook Chronicles



  1. hahaha I *love* spam. I get really defensive when ppl talk sh*T about my spam. They better watch their mouths! Have you ever been to Hawaii? One of my dreams is to go there someday and taste all the different masubis and whatever spam dishes they have! Hmm...31 before 31? ;-)

  2. Oh yeah, I am soooo joining you for that! I don't understand why it gets such a bad rap. Spam is delicious!!!


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