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Jun292012

My McCormick Gourmet "Longest Dinner Party Chain" dinner party!

Earlier this week I hosted a dinner party at my house as a part of McCormick Gourmet's Longest Dinner Party Chain. It was so much fun! I was so happy McCormick asked me to be a part of this dinner party chain. I have always loved to entertain, and as I have gotten older it has only become more fun. Creating good food is awesome, but creating it for others and watching others enjoy it is way more awesome.

Here is a photo of the many incredible items McCormick sent to me as a part of my dinner party kit! 

Spices, too! 16, to be exact.

YOU can be entered to win a similar kit. More on that in a bit.

First, please allow me to tell you about my dinner party!

I invited four friends over to make six adults, including my husband and myself. It was the absolute perfect mix of people because they were easy to please and they were great company. Thank you so much for being a part of my evening, Jesse, Jody, Jess, Trev and Dan! (Benji, Esme, Elijah and Sammy, too, of course, even though graham crackers and milk were more your style.)

My first course was a warm, creamy crab and artichoke dip, served with baked pita wedges and crackers. I loved the combination of McCormick thyme leaves and fresh parsley in this one. Also, artichokes and jumbo lump crab meat are two of my absolute favorites!

Printable recipe: Warm crab & artichoke dip

Dan and I love starting parties out with warm, gooey dips. Even on a hot summer day, it seemed fitting to keep with the trend. 

My second course was perhaps my favorite of the night, a fried tomato and and 2 fried scallops served over leafy greens. It was light, super tasty and perfect for summer. I love scallops, and I don't get the chance to eat them often enough. 

Printable recipe: Fried tomato & scallop salad

My third and fourth courses were served together. The main dish, sweet basil & oregano bruschetta chicken, was a recipe I borrowed from McCormick. It was delicious! The McCormick seasoning packet made this dish. I served along with it a side of grilled broccoli with McCormick crushed rosemary & feta cheese. (Please forgive me for forgetting the feta in the photos.) I am a huge broccoli lover and I think it is always such a delicious and pretty side dish.  

Printable recipe: Sweet basil & oregano bruschetta chicken

Printable recipe: Grilled broccoli with rosemary & feta

I had a very happy tummy at the end of the evening. 

And the dessert, oh the dessert. It didn't turn out exactly as I had wished because apparently I am not a skilled maker of caramel. I tried it twice with the same result. 

So here, friends, is a photo of a delicious salted caramel brownie that I wish had been a little more caramel-y and less sugary. I will say that the McCormick Sicilian Sea Salt I sprinkled on the top added just the perfect twist of salty that I was hoping for. 

I'm not going to post this one until I perfect the caramel layer, so check back!

And now for a few party pics! Jesse and Dan were responsible for these creative shots. Thanks for helping, guys. 

Food aside, it was great to bring friends together for an evening. Our children enjoyed running around outside in the heat, eating ice cream sandwiches, splashing in the blow-up pool and enjoying a show together. It was a perfect summer evening!

Would you like to have a chance to win a McCormick dinner kit? Visit the McCormick Gourmet Facebook page and submit an idea for what your dream dinner party would be! You will be entered to win a similar kit, but themed to a holiday of your choice. 

Good luck! And thanks for reading! 

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Reader Comments (5)

Thank so much for having us to your party. It was fun to see you guys and the food was seriously tasty. I think the Sweet basil & oregano bruschetta chicken was my favorite. It was cooked and seasoned perfectly. We also really enjoyed the scallops. So much, in fact, that we are making some tonight at our house.

Great photos by the way!

06.29.2012 | Unregistered CommenterJesse Gavin

It is always a treat to spend time with you and this dinner party was no exception. The food was out of this world. I've been in a slump lately and I feel like you inspired me to break out of my rut. I'm with you on starting an evening with a warm dip- LOVED the crab. Again, every course was wonderful but the sweet basil & oregano brushetta chicken was a big surprise to me. The flavor was remarkable. My son, who is usually a fan of plain buttered noodles, kept asking for more which I loved. I want to spice up his life a bit.

So, thank you for letting us be a part of this evening. We're looking forward to hanging out again.

06.29.2012 | Unregistered CommenterJody Gavin

Thank you Megan for a scrumptious dinner party! As always you are great hostess and chef. The fried tomato and scallop salad really stood out for me, very fresh and tasty. The pasta was a nice balance of sweet and savory. And of course, the dessert was a perfect finish!

Thanks again! You can invite me to your dinner parties anytime. ;)

07.10.2012 | Unregistered CommenterJess Bertram

Hi your WARM CRAB & ARTICHOKE DIP looks tasty but it is not going to a printable page. Just back to this one. Can I have the recipe for it please?

Thanks,
Ani

09.17.2013 | Unregistered CommenterAni

Hi Ani! The link is working on my end, but I will send a pdf to the email listed after your name. Enjoy!
Megan

09.18.2013 | Registered CommenterMegan Porta

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