Not About Food 15

Daughter's first dinner party

bklynite | Mar 31, 200808:54 AM

Can I kvell for a minute? My 12 year old daughter informed me on Thursday that she wanted to cook dinner on Saturday; she'd been thinking about what would be a good way to cook chicken and wanted to put together a meal. It would be just the two of us that night, so we thought it would be fun to invite over some very close friends (another mom with son my kid's age, whom we've known since the kids were infants).

She wanted to do boneless chicken breasts with seasoned bread crumbs (something I make a lot that she loves), but also thought that orange would make a good flavor addition. So I suggested adding some orange zest to the breading.

Veg was carrots, sliced into rounds and cooked with the chicken. I usually just use baby carrots, but she wanted to do something a little different.

Finally, she sliced some potatoes and we roasted them with olive oil and rosemary.

We have a kitchen the size of a postage stamp, and a dining room table that's not much bigger, so usually we just put out plates and everyone serves themselves from the pots 'n pans in the kitchen.

Oh no - not good enough for THIS dinner party! My daughter advised me that she planned to plate the food and serve everyone, and she proceeded to arrange each plate with chicken atop a mound of carrots, potatoes artfully circling the edge.

The plates were beautiful and the dinner was delicious. She's always been a pretty picky eater, but she's been more and more interested in cooking as she's gotten older. She doesn't always want to eat everything she's been involved in cooking, but I'm hoping her tastes will expand eventually.

Ok, thanks for the opportunity to be a proud mama!

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