Heading over to Jo and Oliver’s for a get together is something we always look forward to especially during the holidays. We know we will be treated like family in their warm and inviting home and served a special gourmet meal prepared by Oliver. With such a lovely couple as hosts it’s no wonder we look forward to this dinner every year.
This year’s holiday dinner was just as special as previous year soirees with delicious food and thought-provoking conversation. Discussion topics on this evening were ranging from politics 😠😠, cultures – Iranian and Indian, Native American and English, to the Netflix original series Longmire, Wyoming, North Dakota, to service dogs and taxes! Topics were so varied that I sometimes thought “Um, how did we get to this topic?”
Let me get to the part of the evening that really matters – food! Just kidding Oliver and Jo!!
Did I mention that Oliver is a gourmet cook? Oliver is a connoisseur of good food and a gourmet chef! As expected Oliver out -did himself with his culinary skills on this evening. All of us – kids, Hitesh and I included loved everything Oliver made. My hats off to you Oliver! I always come away with a new recipe that I want to try after having his meals. Here is a look at the menu for the evening.
Holiday Dinner at Jo and Oliver’s
Assorted Cheese and Crackers
Butternut Squash, Apples & Leeks Soup with Apple Cider Sour Cream and Chives
Mashed Potato and Cauliflower Gratin
Roasted Root Vegetables with Rosemary
Dark Chocolate Cake from Fleur de Cocoa
I look forward to making the soup, and the cauliflower mashed potatoes 😋.
The roasted root veggies were in a league of their own. This I’m making sooner than later.
Here is a question that Oliver proposed to the kids “Guess what vegetables are in the roasted vegetable dish?”
The answer: Parsnips, rutabaga, carrots, celery root, radish, potatoes, onions, and leeks!
Moussaka and short ribs – these tasted amazing! I didn’t have the ribs but Hitesh said it was mouth-watering good.
Dinner at the table.
Chilling with conversation and dessert
A perfect evening spent with dear friends.
This was one fun and entertaining dinner. The girls, Hitesh and I loved spending a beautiful evening with Jo and Oliver. Most of all it was wonderful to hang out with dear friends 🤗🤗 with delectable food and great company. What more could we ask for to start off the New Year?
Happy New 2018!
Wishing you a year filled with loving family, friends, and joyous gatherings.