This past weekend we were lucky enough to have Jordan's parents staying with us for two nights. The first night they were here, we wanted to do something low key, so we took them to one of our new favorite restaurants, The Boiler Room, in Kinston, North Carolina. The second night, we decided to have a cookout with our best Greenville friends, a relaxed way for everyone to get to know one other.
Two years ago, I would have been pacing the floor trying to decide on a menu that would please both Jordan and I, and our meat & dairy loving guests. This year, not so much! This was hands down the easiest dinner party we've ever had. We decided to do hot dogs to showcase our homemade Sauerkraut, which by the way, tastes AMAZING; we are about to start on our second batch. We've been eating it like salsa, primarily on top of Bagel Chips... I'm straight-up addicted. Jordan and I ate Field Roast Frankfurters while our guests chowed down on regular dogs. We had homemade pasta salad (bowties with lots of fresh veggies), potato chips (Cape Cod Waffle Cut Sea Salt), and grilled asparagus for sides. The real showcase of the evening was dessert. Jordan's mom, Sharon, brought Ben & Jerry's Non-Dairy P.B. & Cookies frozen dessert which was so good that even the diehard ice cream enthusiasts in the group were surprisingly pleased. We topped it with fresh berries, homemade dairy-free Chocolate Chip Cookies, and potato chips!
Unfortunately, I only snapped a couple of photos at the end of the night, when the the food was put away and the boys were serenading us on their instruments - sometimes playing hostess AND photographer is just too hard. Reflecting on the menu, I think one of the reasons the meal was such a success was the ease of the whole thing. The pasta salad had already been made and just needed to be taken out of the fridge. There's really not much to grilling hot dogs or asparagus, and the clean up is minimal. The fun dessert was really just the cherry on top of an already perfect dinner party.