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My First (boy) Dinner Party!!
So, tomorrow I am having my first BOY dinner party here at the apartment for dinner, drinks and a little ridiculousness, I’m sure. I’m looking forward to it, but also admittedly very nervous.
 
Not that I have any concerns over the guys that are coming, they’re two of Matty’s best friends and I really love them so much (Hi Mike, Hi Adam!!). It’s just that we live in a teeny tiny studio apartment, and I haven’t yet mastered this thing called…cooking.
 
I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this before, but Matty is allergic to SUGAR. And that’s ALL sugars INCLUDING Sucralose, better known as Splenda. No, he’s not diabetic – he’s actually allergic. That means no fruit (except lemons, limes and avocados), very few vegetables (celery, cucumbers, radishes, olives, and leafy greens). Nothing preserved or cured. Many breads also have sugars, so no bread crumbs, unless they’re homemade from the one or two breads that he’s allowed – and really, whose got the time for homemade bread crumbs?!
 
So talk about a tough allergy for a novice cook to work around. Every menu I find in cookbooks or online needs to be altered in one way or another. And I just don’t have that instinct. Not to mention that this sugar-free meal has to taste good to everyone, not just my husband, whose favorite flavor is plain.
 

But here’s what I’m going to attempt:
 
Appetizer: Green salad with Good Seasons semi-homemade vinaigrette dressing  - Matty’s salad will have to be separate, since there is sugar in the Good Seasons package.
 
*I’d just like to interrupt myself here to say that if you currently have a registry out there – register or ask someone to get you the Good Seasons Italian Dressing Mix and Cruet (it’s the bottle that the dressing is made in). It’s the tastiest dressing I’ve EVER had and the steps are simple – even for me!!
 
Main Course: Pot roast over egg noodles with a side of green beans and toasted almonds - The pot roast is being cooked in the crock pot, and although this seems easy, I have screwed up crock pot meals before…so there’s a little drama to stir up into the pot as well. The noodles, well…if I can’t make noodles then I should just stop trying right now.  And the green beans with almonds I’ve actually made this a few times before and its pretty good. Lots of butter, though, so not the healthiest side dish. Matty can’t have the green beans, so I’ll probably make him some spinach or something else leafy and green.
 
 
Dessert:  Brownies, because, well – they’re MY favorite. And don’t I deserve a little compensation for my kitchen slave labor? Matt will happily enjoy is sugar-free ice pops, which are a little less fancy, but no less tasty (at least that’s what I’ll be telling him)
 
Have any of you ladies struggled with cooking or hosting dinner parties?  Been worried about bringing guests into your small living quarters?
 

Let me know how you dealt with it – this time, I guess I’m the one who needs the advice.

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