Tell you what. My friends can COOK.
Instead of the typical 3-4 course plated dinner that I usually serve, the gf suggested that the guests serve me -- in honor of year 27. I did not object.
Unfortunately, I wasn't able to get pictures of everything as many dishes quickly disappeared off the buffet. However, this was anything but a run of the mill potluck. From Eritrean sauces to stewed pork belly, everyone's dishes had great flavors, were perfectly seasoned and very impressive.
Thanks to all who made this such a memorable MNDP.
Deviled Eggs, Shiroh (traditional Eritrean dish) and Toasted Bread, Olives and Camambert, Chorizo Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Medjool Dates in Roasted Red Pepper Sauce, Mushroom Bisque
Bacon Mac n Cheese, Coq au Vin, Five Layered Pork Belly with Daikon, Shepard's Pie (lamb and chard), Chana Masala
Vanilla Caramel Ice Cream, Black & White Macaroons, Blueberry-Pear Galettes, Sour Cherry Pie, Chocolate Chip Cookies, Red Velvet Birthday Cake
Washed it all down with 11 bottles of red which made the cork shelf very happy. Here are pictures from the event.
He who eats alone, chokes alone.