Guest Post: Bacon Dinner Club

Everyone enjoys a little stalking, right? So when I saw on Facebook that my NYC-based friend Kyra (of the dating blog Gotard City) had posted pictures of a Bacon Dinner Club, I immediately demanded the story. So here goes the first ever Stalking Sarah guest post! Thanks, Kyra!

A little over a year ago, my friends and I decided to start a Dinner Club based on our mutual love of the Food Network, cooking, and most importantly, eating. We choose a new theme or key ingredient (basil, citrus, the color white, tapas,  desserts, etc) and we get together once a month to cook and eat together. It’s usually an all-day affair.

Dinner Club’s important to me for a number of reasons: It’s an opportunity to make socially acceptable bad decisions in the form of food. I like to eat. I love to eat. Tasting delicious food is one of the best pleasures in life. It’s fun to see all my friends together. We get to play board games and catch up. I get to play hostess and show off all my materialistic crap that I’ve acquired from Crate & Barrel. And, I get to learn more about cooking and try new foods.

A few years ago, I started dating someone named Movies. After a while, he got to be a part of Dinner Club, too. None of my friends were particularly amazed by him, but none of them really disliked him either. And at the end of the day, though, I’m the Kim Jong Il of Dinner Club, so if I wanted my boyfriend there, he was gonna be included.

Unfortunately, Movies’ picky eating habits had never been squashed by his parents, so he often violated the “try new foods” mandate of dinner club. On numerous occasions, he’d make a passing comment about not wanting to try someone’s dish. Whenever we circulated the tentative menu before the actual Dinner Club date, Movies would send a note reminding us that he didn’t like certain foods.

The biggest point of contention among us Dinner Clubbers was bacon. Continue reading

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Perfectly Pasta

What glorious fun, to make your own pasta!

As simple as sugar cookies (but far more fun), making your own pasta is a great way to turn dinner at home into an Evening Event! You will, unfortunately, need a pasta machine, but the good news is that if you buy one, your popularity amongst friends and co-workers will increase exponentially as they all want to get in on the fun.

Simple pasta dough recipes abound, but the basic gist is this: mix flour and egg together to form a dry, yet flexible dough. Roll through the machine at a fairly wide setting. Roll thinner. Roll thinner. And thinner yet! If you want to get really exciting, don’t cut the dough as you keep rolling it. This will leave you with an exceptionally long amount of pasta, requiring more and more hands and therefore more participation.

Eventually, you settle on a good thickness and run the pasta through the cutter, making linguine or spaghetti or whatever your heart desires. Let dry for a bit, if you like. Then throw into a pot of bolling water and cook until al dente (about three or four minutes).

Serve with your favorite tomato sauce, a good bottle of wine, and several hungry friends.