Happy tequila Tuesday, 810ers! I hope your day went by in a lovely fashion and that your fridge has a bottle of white wine chilling.
We in Florida have survived our ten-day winter. Whew. Thank you all for your prayers. It was looking rough there for a literal moment when we flirted with 39 degrees Fahrenheit. No need to send canned goods — we made it through the harsh storm.
The weather here is gorgeous and crisp, and we are enjoying the prospect of spending the weekend outside. If you still live somewhere that is still in winter (basically every state that is not Florida), hang in there! Warm weather will be here before we know it and then we will be counting down the days until autumn. It’s a vicious cycle that never ends.
In the meantime, our tummies are already excited about the beach picnics and summer barbeques that are just weeks away! And as we make this transition from chili to cheeseburgers, it is amazing but I cannot find the desire to cook this week. It is honestly the most bizarre thing! No matter! Where there is a will not to be domestic, there is a way to order take-out.
But if you are like us and the warm weather inspires you to eat light and fresh, we have the perfect compromise for you!
Small plate dinners are the perfect way to enjoy a wide array of food while still feeling light in the increasingly warmer weather. Plus, they are a wonderful excuse to clean out your pantry and save yourself from grocery shopping by just one more day.
The key to a successful small plate dinner is variety. And simplicity.
There is no right or wrong way to make a bunch of appetizers for yourself and then call it dinner. Rather, it’s all about the mood you want to set.
I am a big fan of different textures, so my small plate dinners tend to reflect this affinity.
Usually we either have chips or corn tortillas to make chips in the pantry. This is a wonderful place to start. Next add salsa, cheese dip, spinach dip, or guac. Or some. Or all. Again, there is no way to fail at this.
Basically — a nacho bar is the way to rock the small plate life.
Next, add whatever food makes you feel good and is easy to make. A small fruit salad. Leftovers from the fridge. The last of the French fries you have been rationing in the freezer.
Nothing is off limits for small plate dinner night.
Set everything out, buffet style, pour yourself a glass of wine, and enjoy. This is the perfect meal for keeping the TV off and the music on. When people can munch their way through a meal, it encourages lingering. Enjoy your Tuesday night chats. Cheers to a beautiful week, y’all.