I cooked for the whole sales crew (14 people) and made the following..
Penne pasta with sausage, artichoke hearts, sundried tomatoes with a sauce done with lemon zest, lemon juice and white wine and olive oil and finished with fresh basil. (I did name it Penne Sorrento)
Everyone loved the dish and wanted to know where I got the recipe... Had to laugh because there wasn't one ;) My buddy asked "when did you come up with this?"... "tonight" I answered!!
However, I also learned the importance of change in the kitchen.... one of the guests cannot have regular pasta but needed the gluten free. I had it all ready for the sauce but in my haste, I used all the sauce in the main dish and was getting ready to plate it all when I turned around to see the plate of BLANK pasta... quick saucepan, some tomato sauce, stole some sausage from the main dish, wine, fresh oregano, basil and plated his red sauce in time to serve it all together with apologies to him. He told his wife it was the best sauce he'd ever had... now see if she ever cooks him another meal after that comment! :lol: Oh.. the look she gave him!!! just priceless!!