I love ordering tasting menus because you get to try more dishes, so I wonder why I haven’t thought of serving guests a tasting menu before. I have done huge family style meals where there was certainly more than five dishes but there’s something about presenting it as a tasting menu, that makes it more elegant, and more fun. I hope Edgar and Qing were impressed. Lon loved it.

We started with Captain Pat’s Maryland Crab Cakes, served with a simple salad (dressing made with Orange Muscat Champagne Vinegar, honey dijon, and olive oil).

The second course was Caramelized Onion and Fontina Panini. I made an open-faced version over the weekend and just had to have the flavor combination again.

The third course was Jamaican Style Turkey Meatballs, served with mashed potatoes made with butter and heavy cream. Lon loved this pairing and told me so three times.

The fourth course was Steelhead Trout on Chinese Broccoli with Oyster Sauce. So simple, yet so good.

Edgar and Qing brought us the dessert course. They made this adorable Gingerbread House (or Gazebo) over the weekend.

Qing also made an impressive Cheesecake Tiramisu, perfect for me, because it wasn’t too sweet.

Tasting menus are more work and you’ll have to wash a lot more plates, but it’s so worth it. What should I make for my next one?

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