I realize now why I do not enjoy cooking contests on the Food Network, etc. The idea of getting a meal on the table in a rush, with timing imperative, is way, way, way too stressful for me. I've been preparing this dinner I'm having tonight for weeks, and have devoted the last three days to getting the house in shape, timing and preparing things ahead of time, making lists, then making more lists, then setting up time tables. And I love it. If I had to do it all in a short time, I'd hate it.
So, all is done or scheduled and I'm ready to shower, change and await my good friends. I hope everyone enjoys this as much as I do. I do think the food will be good - and worthy of the company.