Cooking for others

I came home after work today without any ideas of what dinner would look like. Minutes later, I was talking to Krunal, our weekend guest and friend from Toronto, and then a few minutes after that Dottie was on her way over to help Devang with some work stuff, and viola I knew exactly what I wanted to feed these lovely people. I love to cook for company. I like it even better when they are around to talk to me and ask me questions about what I’m doing as I shuffle around the kitchen. Honestly, it is a great confidence booster and I have noticed that my food turns out really well when I am not so focused on following a recipe but rather the company.
I usually keep frozen organic boneless chicken thighs from Costco on hand. I decided to open one of the packs and make French inspired chicken with a side of couscous and balsamic sauteed vegetables. Then my lovely husband shouted out how about a chocolate souffle?┬áSo on went the double boiler to melt some chocolate with cream. In about 40 minutes I had dinner ready. Dottie helped to set the table and we all ate together. Asha likes having company at the dinner table and shows off by being an extra good girl who eats really well, so tonight was no different. Her dinner included soft brie cheese, mushroom risotto, and banana. And when she kept staring at us as we enjoyed our chocolate souffles, I couldn’t help but give her a taste. Not surprisingly, she is a fan. Some pictures to end a perfect evening with friends.

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Chika Gujarathi is a freelance writer based in Raleigh, NC. She writes about everything from travel, food, books, and family. Her current project includes a series of children's books to teach Hindi. She is a native Tar Heel who has also lived in Washington DC and Chicago.

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