Sunday’s were made for Sunday night dinner, and Fall is the perfect time of year to share a home cooked meal and a cozy night in with the ones you love.
Between the damp & drizzly weather and longer colder nights, it’s finally starting to feel like autumn here in Southern California. The dip in temperature really makes being inside feel all the cozier, which of course inspires me to want to take advantage of the warmth of staying in and the company of a couple of my favorite people.
A simple table setting can go a long way towards creating something special.
The Art of the Sunday night dinner is the energy you put into the details. It’s taking a moment to set the stage for relaxed conversation and good food. It needn’t take much, here we used items we already had from around the house: a pair of candlesticks in holders, a fall arrangement of dried flowers, placemats, cloth napkins, white ceramic plates, silverware, and wine and water glasses.
It’s the details that create magic and add a warm touch that keeps the chill at bay.
The Soul of the Sunday night dinner is in part the food, and of course in part the company. Good food and good company, nourishish our bodies and fuels our minds.
Inspired by my inner chef, the chilly weather, and a three pound tri-tip roast we had that was just waiting to be cook, I prepared a simple menu that complimented this delicious protein. My sides: grilled mixed vegetables (bell peppers, zucchini, yellow crookneck squash, and onions), oven roasted garlic potatoes, and a bottle of Red Velvet wine.
After dinner we played board games, ate left-over Halloween candy, and drank Stella Rose Moscato for dessert (I lost the game by-the-way), and we ended the night in front of Netflix, watching a creepy movie.
A cozy and casual Sunday night dinner-in fueled by good wine, good company, and a good home-cooked meal, has the power to warm up the bitter cold nights to come as we get deeper and deeper into the autumn and winter seasons. Couple that with the mula you'll save not going out on the town and you'll have more in your pocket for the holidays to come.