We let Jeanne choose our wedding date. She had exactly one opening in the time frame we wanted, so we jumped at it and made everything else fit. Our results were equally good. People took pictures of our food, and still talk about it. My dream party includes hiring Jeanne again. Someday....
So fast forward a few years and Tara yet again tells me about what Jeanne is up to. Now she's making food to take home and
pass off as your own creation heat. Tara aimed me at some discounted gift certificates and I was sold. The shop is a bit out of the way but I was in the vicinity last Saturday so I stopped by, arriving moments before they closed, and picked up a few entrees and a couple of sides. Alas, Jeanne was off catering some very lucky couple's wedding so I didn't get to see her.
Once again, Jeanne did not disappoint. The food is amazing, easy to prepare, and even easier to clean up. We didn't have it every night this week but just knowing it is there, waiting patiently in my freezer, made me relax a little. It is simple to prepare so I had the nanny get things started and it was all nearly ready when I got home. We had meatloaf on Wednesday (and I added the leftovers to tomato sauce for pasta on Thursday) and Lemon Chicken tonight. I was worried the kids might not go along but they ate it without much protest. No more than the usual from Oliver, anyway.
As long as I plan things in advance, I can do one or two of these meals a week and not go entirely bankrupt. It's well worth the cost to be playing with kids and not fretting about dinner.