Dinner for Mother


Last night, my dad brought over champagne and we celebrated my mom! I actually haven’t cooked dinner for that many people in my lifetime – it’s hard work!

But I chose an easy spread of foods and did most of the prep work in the afternoon.


We had salad with strawberries, blue cheese, and walnuts with a simple dressing of olive oil, balsamic, honey, and mustard.


Rice made with half basmati and half of Trader Joe’s lemongrass rice (so delish).


Naan from the Whole Foods bakery.


And chicken and vegetable curry from Kat’s fabulous recipe! I actually doubled it to ensure we’d have enough for the men. I didn’t quite have enough curry paste for the double though, so the flavor was a bit less bold than I would have liked. It was popular with the fam though!


Dessert was a sampling platter from Whole Foods along with some chocolate dipped strawberries I made. The samples included key lime pie, pumpkin whoopie pies, and an old fashioned cupcake. It was a very nice evening.

Today’s rainy cold weather has been perfect for nursing this cold and knocking out a lot of report writing for work. It felt great to get the hard work done this morning, so I’m debating a gentle gym session this afternoon. We are grabbing dinner with friends tonight and I’m looking forward to getting out of the house.

Happy Monday.

  • Becca
    May 15, 2012 at 10:24 am

    This sounds fantastic 🙂 I love basmati rice and naan bread. I now want to go and make this entire meal!

  • Dad
    May 15, 2012 at 10:26 am

    Enjoyed our dinner immensely, Laura — thanks. Hope you weren’t counting on leftovers 😉

  • Mom
    May 15, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    Yes, delish. You are a fabulous cook!

  • Kat
    May 15, 2012 at 9:40 pm

    1. I get alarmingly nervous when I have to cook for any group larger than Marcus and I.
    2. I am hardcore impressed by your rice arrangement. I need to check out the lemongrass from TJ’s!
    3. SO glad you’re still loving that curry and that it was a hit!