Maybe we could get around it by setting the ingredient and everyone bringing a dish featuring that one ingredient. What ingredient should it be? Chiles to represent my and Guitar Fred's hot passion? Honey because we're sweet? What would be the ingredient that represents you and your fiance?
One of my favorite parties involved making our own limoncello with citron. Maybe we can have the girls bring their own bottles/mason jars and we can make it together! A recipe I've used before follows below -- it's delish! Happy Friday!
10 Meyer lemons
1 (750-ml) bottle Everclear [you can buy this at BevMo!]
8 1/2 cups of milk
5 cups of sugar
1/2 cup of vanilla sugar (put a vanilla bean, split, in a jar of sugar and let sit for 2 weeks)
Zest the lemons using a Micro-plane grater or another similar tool that also produce a very fine zest. Place in a jar with the Everclear and leave at room temperature for 1 week. Strain using the cheesecloth.
In a saucepan, warm the milk over medium heat. Add the sugar and the vanilla suagar and cook, stirring frequently, until dissolved. Remove from the heat and allow to cool. In a large bowl or pitcher, combine the Everclear mixture with the limoncello, funnel into bottles (which can be found at Cost Plus, or other like places) and store in the freezer for up to six months. Serve neat in a chilled tumbler or martini glass.