Tonight we present a Steady Table twofer (that’s a two-for-one, in case you didn’t know). There are two reasons for the twofer. One is that the cooking of tonight’s meal occurred over the course of two days. The other is that a certain silly pregnant person overexerted herself, spent some time in the ER* and is now playing catch up.

On Monday, we wanted to do something relatively simple for 16 people. Despite the volume of food, and the manpower it takes to make a meal for 16, it really was an easy meal.

Dinner prep wasn’t made any easier by the fact that Shane and Sean were preparing four (!) racks of ribs for Tuesday’s meal, at the same time they were preparing Monday’s meal. But they pulled it off, with help from everyone.

A simple summer dinner for 16
4 lbs of ground beef made into burgers, and/or cheeseburgers, and cooked on the grill
16 ears of corn, boiled and served with butter and salt
16 potatoes, oiled and wrapped in foil, and cooked over the coals
A simple cucumber and tomato salad dressed with red wine vinegar, salt and olive oil
3 bags of cubanelle peppers oiled, salted, and roasted in the oven until soft and silky
A green salad
Ketchup, mustard, mayo, butter, sour cream, pickles and any other condiments you might like
Ice cream novelties for dessert

Tonight was a bit disrupted by my pregnancy crisis, so I can’t tell you much about meal prep except that Shane made the best ribs he’s made so far, in his Weber Smokey Mountain Smoker. He had a lot of help from Sean and, well, everyone else.

There was also homemade barbeque sauce, succotash from scratch, and a selection of delicious pizzas—including fig and gorgonzola—by Drew. For dessert, 13-year old Alicia made a very delicious peach and rum cobbler.

Thanks to everyone who took care of me and everything this evening. Especially my sister in law Trish, who spent 5 hours of her vacation keeping me company at the hospital.

*The ER on Cape Cod can run circles around any of the stinky, dirty, creepy, ERs in NYC, by the way. And no worries, everything is fine with the baby, I just need to take it easy from now on.