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So how does Jim manage to put together such successful dinner parties week after week in the 100-year-old cottage’s 6-foot galley kitchen? As he says in his “Dinner on the Porch” Cookbook, mise en place is the secret to successful, low stress entertaining. Mise en place, literally translated as “put in place,” is the practice of getting all ingredients measured and set out along with the kitchen tools and pans you need to prepare a dish before you start cooking. Some of the other tips he has for those wanting to give a successful but low stress dinner party:
But Jim says the most important thing is for you to enjoy the party. After all, how can your guests enjoy dinner if you’re stressed-out and franticly trying to pull things together at the last minute?
Oh, there’s one more thing you should know. Interspersed with the recipes in Jim’s cookbook are delightful stories about some of his dinner guests. So, if you’re ever invited to one of Jim’s dinners on the porch, be careful what you do and say, it just might end-up in his next book.
For more information on Chef Jim Voltz, Dinner on the Porch cooking classes, and “Dinner on the Porch” cookbook, visit Jim’s website at: dinnerontheporch.com
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