Overcoming Entertaining Anxiety

This is a guest post by Janet, BIC’s Issues Communications Manager.


I must admit, the daily grind of making dinner gets to me.  Luckily for me, I work at BIC and we’ve got a website full of great recipes! A family favourite is “Beefy Italian Tortellini Soup” – I love this one ‘cause it cooks in the slow cooker – super easy if you are rushing home from work.

But when I really love to is cook when we’re entertaining.  A great meal with good friends and extended family gets us through these long winter months.  I pour over recipes, planning out appetizers, the entrée and a dessert.     

I also get fired up over entertaining while watching the TV show “Come Dine with me Canada”.  Have you ever watched it?  Five strangers get together and prepare a meal for each other, and then vote to see who has prepared the best meal.  Of course some of the meals go horribly wrong.   Which is great for entertaining television, but not great when you’re entertaining!

I guess we all have a bit of entertaining anxiety.    A good friend of mine just posted some pictures on Facebook of her latest dinner party and it looked fabulous.  She lives in another part of the country, but on a past visit she served my hubby and I Prime Rib with roasted Mediterranean veggies and grapefruit gremolata (I had no idea what this was, but it’s a chopped herb condiment  made of garlic, parsley, and lemon zest, or in this case grapefruit) and garlic mashed potatoes.  Too delicious.    

 I’ve always been a little wary of messing up a roast for entertaining.   But my friend’s dinner was so delicious I had to give it a try, so I got up my nerve and did a similar roast for family over Christmas – using BIC’s recipe, Putting On- the-Ritz Roast Beef .    You should try it.   It’s so easy.   The Dijon and fresh herbs and the slivers of garlic make it look beautiful and give it such a delicious flavour.   Don’t forget to use an oven proof thermometer, so it’s cooked to perfection.   I also made the wine gravy that is included in the recipe, whipped up some garlic mashed potatoes, along with asparagus and maple drenched carrots. 

And I am pleased to say it was quite a success…..:-) A roast of beef is now one of my go-to entertaining recipes.  What are your entertaining “go to” recipes?


Janet has been working with BIC for almost 10 years and loves discovering delicious new ways to prepare Canadian beef.  It’s a good thing too, since she lives happily in “man world” with her hubby  Steve and sons Ryan, 17 and Ben, 13, where there isn’t a great meal, unless it includes beef (and perhaps an energy drink. J)

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