The month of March – wow, what a chock-filled month ahead! There are so many significant days (other than birthdays, anniversaries, etc.): St. Patrick’s day is on the 17th, Spring finally kicks in on the 20th, the 26th is the first day of Passover, and the very last day of the month – the 31st – is Easter Sunday. Phew.
So with all that in mind, I thought what better time than now to focus on hosting. For me, hosting starts with 3 key and simple things to keep in mind:
1. What’s the occasion? The occasion truly does set the tone for the whole thing. I would plan a birthday dinner very differently than an Easter supper. The occasion always sets the direction for the food, drink, music, lighting, and table settings.
2. How many guests? Here at Connecticut Country House, when it’s a small gathering, hands down I love an intimate dinner party. It’s easier to plate the food in the kitchen for each guest, and serve when everyone is seated. But when it’s a larger family holiday supper or a big crowd, buffet-style is the only way to go.
3. What to serve? I like to make it special, not complicated, no matter what the occasion is. More times than not, I love to find heirloom recipes that have a story or a connection to the occasion or guests.
Everything else – all the details – stem from here.
This month, in honor of Saint Patrick, I’m going to share a “how-to” for a pretty Irish Tea (I am married to a Murphy after all), and then show you the flavor of my Hungarian heritage in preparing for a family filled Easter Sunday supper.
And this month in honor of you, my reader, I’m asking for you to please send me your special family or heirloom recipe for the upcoming holidays. Please be sure to include your story of why it’s so special to you. I will select a handful of distinctly different recipes, whip up each one – style and shoot – and feature your dish of delish in an upcoming posting.
Nothing like sharing a well-loved recipe with friends. Can’t wait to hear from you!