OK, I know it's a little warped. And I probably don't know enough to be scared of cooking for a bunch of people.
What I do know is, I can take my own home recipes, and make them so they taste good even when I make a lot.
I made some Corned Beef and Cabbage in honor of St. Paddy's Day a couple of weeks ago and people really liked it.
Most had never tried Corned Beef my way before and were very happy to eat it.
I simmered the Corned Beef for a couple of hours in some water with the pickling spices. I pulled the beef out, (all 50 pounds), placed them in two deep pans, slathered them with some of my 'special sauce'. I also put a little of the corned liquid in with them, covered with foil, and baked for another couple of hours. I then removed the foil and let them brown a little so that the 'special sauce' glazed a little.
We chopped up 8 heads of cabbage.
Special Sauce. Equal amounts of brown sugar and yellow mustard.
We did cook the potatoes, carrots and cabbage in the reserved liquid. But because I was doing so much, I was able to cook each of the veggies separately.
And of course I had to make some Soda Bread.
Ummm, did I mention I started cooking this meal at 5 am? I did. Only way to get the Corned Beef tender and flavourful in time to eat at noon.
I did go home and take a nap BTW when I was done. And as usual, had some great volunteers helping along the way, along with a very generous donation of strawberries and pineapple bites for the dessert table.