Christmas Eve Lasagna

Christmas Eve Red Lasagna

Every Christmas Eve I prepare lasagna, chicken French, and Cajun eggnog. Sure, I have a display of Christmas cutout cookies and red velvet cupcakes, but it isn’t Christmas Eve until the lasagna is out of the oven.This recipe yields a 2-3 … Continue reading

Catering and Private Chef Menu

Ebullient Enterprises Catering Menu

Enjoy our delicious soups, main dishes, sides, desserts, and beverages for your next meeting, party or special occasion. Our menu reflects our most common requests. If there’s an item that you’re interested in but it doesn’t appear on the menu, please inquire with one of our ebullient consultants. We offer delivery for a fee, and will return to retrieve the dishes.

                                     Soups
All soups require a 2 quart minimum purchase.

2 quarts (serves 4-6)                               $35

4 quarts (serves 7-8)                               $60

Farmhouse Vegetable

Heirloom Tomato

Southwest Chicken

Country Turkey Noodle

Oaxaca White Chicken Chili

Loaded Baked Potato

Cream of Broccoli

Butternut Squash Bisque

Mom’s Beef Stew

Abuela’s Chicken and Dumplings

Okra Gumbo (Chicken and Sausage)

Seafood Gumbo +$15

                                Meats and Main Dishes

Choice of 2 meats and 2 sides base price $20 per person. 2 person minimum. Pricing a la cart available upon request.

Additional meat + $3 / Additional side + $2

Pork Chops (fried, smothered, or w chutney)

Meatloaf (turkey or beef)

Chicken (Herb roasted, Mojo, Smothered, Curried, Jerk, or BBQ)

Cubed Steak

Beef Short Ribs (Braised or BBQ)

BBQ Pork Ribs (Regular or Peach Tamarind BBQ sauce)

Turkey Breast

Pork Shoulder (Traditional Mojo or BBQ)

Salmon (Ginger Glazed or Jerked) + $3 per person

Shrimp (Etouffe, Curried or Grilled) + $3 per person

Jambalaya (Chicken, Andouille or Turkey Sausage, and Shrimp) + $3 per person

Stuffed Bell Peppers (Ham, Sausage, and Shrimp OR Crab and Shrimp) + $3 per person

Lasagna (Beef, Turkey, Eggplant, Cheese, or Seafood)

Bourbon Baked Spiral Ham Market Price 

                             Sides

2 quarts (serves 4-6)                               $20

4 quarts (serves 7-8)                               $40

Greens (mustard, kale, collard, or mixed)

Callaloo

Braised Kale and Cabbage

Cabbage (smothered and fried)

Roasted butter or sweet potatoes

Broccoli (steamed or roasted w or w/o parmesan)

Vegetarian Red beans and Rice (white or brown)

Vegetarian Black beans and Rice (white or brown)

Arroz con Gandules (contains pork)

Vegetarian Curry Chana and Aloo

Dahl

Jasmine, Basmati or Vegetable Fried Rice (white or brown)

Dressing (Sausage +$5)

Homestyle or Baked Macaroni and Cheese

Potato Salad

Platanos Maduros

Curried Eggplant

BBQ Baked Beans (Sausage + $5)

Corn Bread or Muffins (Regular or Jalapeño Cheese)

Breakfast/Brunch Selections

Quiche (various combinations available)                                                                                                      $23- $43

Breakfast Hash (Ham, Pork Sausage, or Turkey Sausage)                                                                    $15 per quart

Cheese Grits                                                                                                                                                                $15 per quart

Salmon Croquetts w Remoulade                                                                                                                        $2 per piece

Chicken or Tuna Salad (Fruit, Curried, or Plain) w/ an array of crackers and breads               $25 per quart

Kale Salad with Homemade Vinaigrette or Salad Dressing                                                                     $15

Sauces and Accompaniments

Peach Tamarind BBQ Sauce                                                                                                             All $10 per pint

Remoulade Sauce

Habanero Hot Pepper Sauce

Seasonal Fruit Salsa

Homemade Croutons

Grilled Cheese Croutons

Desserts

Croissant Bread Pudding w Rum Sauce                    $30

Banana Pudding                                                                 $25

Praline Cake                                                                         $25

Beverages

Flavored Lemonade (Mango, Passion Fruit, Watermelon, or Peach)                        $20 per gallon

Sangria (White or Red)                                                                                                                  $50 per gallon

Sorrel with Rum                                                                                                                               $40 per gallon

Service Through Hospitality in Your Home

 

The pineapple is the visual keystone of grand dinners during the colonial period. They came to symbolize the high spirits of the social events themselves; the image of the pineapple coming to express the sense of welcome, good cheer, human warmth and family affection inherent to such gracious home gatherings.

The pineapple is the visual keystone of grand dinners during the colonial period. They came to symbolize the high spirits of the social events themselves; the image of the pineapple coming to express the sense of welcome, good cheer, human warmth and family affection inherent to such gracious home gatherings.

From time to time I find it necessary to remind myself (and my readers) that although I post lots of recipes and entertaining ideas, that the mission of this blog is to increase service to others. There’s no reason to cook these fabulous meals or to beautifully decorate your home and not share it with others. Hospitality is truly the gift that keeps giving. So here are some ways to ensure that you are sharing the gift of hospitality with others.

Invite Others into Your Home

Your home is an expression of who you are. There’s an expression that says, “You never really know a person until you have seen their home.” Your house may be humble or it may be grand, but your home is what you infuse into it. What does your home say about you? Are you friendly, inviting, imaginative, quiet, artistic? One of the ways I can tell if a person truly is hospitable is how others feel when they visit a home. Are they restless? Listen, if it takes a long time to get them to say “goodbye”, then you know you’ve made them feel welcome. People are often reluctant to leave a place were they feel surrounded by calm, warmth, love, and contentment. Ultimately, your home should be a blessing to others besides yourself. 

Burn Frankincense

Yes, that frankincense. One of the gifts presented to baby Jesus. Frankincense is an incense and ingredient used in sacred anointing oil. It was considered very valuable in biblical times. Just as frankincense represents sacrifice, it also represents sacrificial and selflessness. By burning frankincense you set the tone for service to others. And you even cleanse the air.  Pick up some frankincense from your local bontanica or herb shop.

Cook for Others in YOUR Home

There’s something beautiful that happens when you serve someone food that you prepared (made) with your own hands. Not food that you purchased and reheated or placed on a platter, but food that you prepared. it is not just an expression of servanthood, but it is an impartation of your spirit to theirs. Trust me, people are aware of the effort taken to do something special, such as preparing a meal, for them. For those interested, there’s a great book entitled God Is in the Kitchen Too (2003) by P. Bunny Wilson.

Set Your Table

By setting your kitchen or dining room table, you are making your home look inviting to guests. Remember, the dinner table is a place of offering, communion (let that marinate), and fellowship. It is through fellowship that we get to know each other better. You know, I think that fellowship over a meal is one way to become intimate with someone you love or are romantically interested in. Intimacy is definitely deepened over a meal. You may also experience heartfelt emotions, growth through conversation, and even find new commitments made.

WHAT ARE SOME WAYS THAT YOU EXPRESS HOSPITALITY IN YOUR HOME?

A Servant’s Hands

A Servant's Hands

The gift of hospitality is not one that I take lightly. I handle this gift with care and have been deliberate about how I choose to share it and careful to develop it in order to be of service to God, my family and friends, and community. Guided by the bible verse, Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it (Hebrews 13:2 NIV). My hands were created to serve.

Hospitality is uncomfortable for many individuals. It causes them to be vulnerable and possibly be judged. For example, if a person is not a great housekeeper or not a terrific cook, they may fail to be hospitable to others for fear of being ridiculed. But once we realize that any time or opportunity that we take to step out of our comfort zones, there is a blessing awaiting us on the other side. So, if one is not a talented cook or does not keep an immaculately clean home, then that should not stop them from inviting guests over. Hire a housekeeper or cleaning staff for the day to ensure that the home is clean and inviting. Or if one struggles with cooking, then they can always call up their favorite restaurant and order a great meal. When is comes to entertaining, usually simple is best! Simple decor and a simple meal allow for a great time!From your hands come love which can be translated into a tasty meal or a clean welcoming enviornment.

I’ve often heard of people complaining that their homes are not large enough to entertain. Well, I’ve got news for you. In most cases people don’t want to spend time with your home, they want to spend time with you. If you have a small home, simply do not invite large groups of people over at one time. Plan an intimate time for coffee, lunch, or h’orderves. It’s not about the size of the event, but rather making guests feel welcome and making them feel like they’re important to you. Essentially, it is all about the quality time that is spent.

Which brings me to the issue of time. As follower’s of Christ we are called to serve one another. This means that we must set aside time or in some cases make time to serve those who we love, whether they be close friends or strangers. We make time for everything else in life, why is it difficult to make time to spend with and serve others. How many times have you had a bad day and simply wished that someone would invite you over for a warm meal or simply out for coffee so that you could be in the fellowship of others and not at home feeling sorry for yourself? I can raise my hand and attest to that! Hospitality is about servanthood! It is our call to put ourselves aside and serve others. Romans 12:13 (NIV) states, Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.

Some complain that hospitality costs a lot of time and money. Being hospitable does not mean that you have to prepare a 5 course home cooked meal for 5-10 guests. You can host a game night with desserts. Or even invite others over for soup and tea! Great hosts and hostesses are often creative in planning events. In addition to that, you cannot afford to be inhospitable! Why? Because hospitality is required of each of us and helps us become better friends, better servants, better individuals, and better Christians. The next time you dread being hospitable and inviting people over or complain that you simply cannot make time or have enough money to have other over think on this:

Hospitality is one of the most practical ways to express the love of Christ

Hospitality reflects the hospitable heart of God

Hospitality is a great way to build unity and community with others

The bible promises rewards for those who are hospitable

Hospitality is one of the most effective ways to show God’s love to non-believers

Hospitality may help you deal with your own loneliness

Hospitality will help you become less selfish

Hospitality will help you illustrate how much you value your friendships and interaction with others

Hospitality is a great way to cultivate a passion for ministry and servanthood

I hope that you enjoy this journey that we’ll take together exploring recipes, entertaining and housekeeping ideas, and great products, but I also pray that you’re blessed through this and that you become a better servant of others, using your hands and His spirit to guide you along the way.

With a Servant’s Heart (and Hands),
The Ebullient Epicurean