Good, sturdy tongs.
Going on urban adventures (food or otherwise) with friends.
I like events with a casual vibe, and I'm a big believer in the idea that adding a theme adds more fun for everyone involved. So how about this: Mad Men Premiere Party. 15 friends in pencil skirts, trench coats, and/or fedoras. Family-style classics with a twist: Moroccan-style pigs in a blanket with Merguez and Harissa, Wedge Salad with Creamy Dill Dressing and Bacon Bits, Whole Grain Mustard Meatloaf, Cauliflower and Marscapone Puree, and Betty's Baked Alaska.
Simple: feeding people. Sure, there's something thrilling about firing things in a hot pan, and something therapeutic about slowly caramelizing onions standing over the stove. But I've never been one to hide behind closed kitchen doors. I love to cook food that my clients will really enjoy, same as if I was feeding my friends or family, without letting any preference or dietary restriction stand in the way.
Tagine - a Moroccan-style stew with organic meat, seasonable vegetables, and rich complex spices.
White truffle season in Orvieto, Umbria. Gnocchi with about a 1/4 inch of shaved truffles over the top.
Slow scrambled eggs.
Lemons, good olive oil, cumin, honey, Dijon mustard.
Seared Salmon with Green Sauce.
Cumin, Sweet Smoked Paprika, Ancho Chile Powder, Cilantro, Basil, Crushed Red Pepper Flakes