We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Here's our game menu for this year's dinner for 24-28 friends that I and two of my buddies put together every March (we guys do all the cooking). We try to vary the menu each year.
We'll have fires in the fireplaces, and Mrs. BD will do the flowers. I think we'll do two tables for 12-14 this year, and, as we often do, change the place settings after the main course to mix things up.
Hors d'oevres: Smoked pheasant, wild venison filet on crouton with horseradish sauce, maybe something else too
Main buffet: Moussaka made with Oryx (yeah, my buddy shot an Oryx and has a freezer-full, and we are certain nobody here has ever had Oryx Moussaka), wild venison Bourguignon with noodles, rare sauteed Mallard breast with olive and cherry tomato gibier sauce on wild rice.
Dessert: Our traditional Apple Crisp with vanilla ice cream
After-dessert Cheese boards: A good assortment of France's stinkiest, unpasteurized cheeses and baguette with walnuts, dried fruit, grapes, and sliced pears.
And where,... may I ask, did your buddy shoot an Oryx. It didn't happen to be in NM did it? We here in NM know just how good Oryx meat is....you are in for a treat. If any of your readers (which I am, I read your blog almost daily) are interested in hunting oryx in NM contact me ASAP. The application deadline for oryx hunts is due at the end of March.