Today was the first day of school for my daughter and most of the 640 kids on our block. Every year on the night of the first day I host a “Back to School Dinner.” People sometimes question my sanity in having 20 kids over for dinner but I think kids are easy. For one thing, they don’t really care about the food and for another they don’t notice if your house isn’t immaculate.
I also keep the menu simple (see “don’t care about the food”) and centered around macaroni and cheese. This year I made a slightly different mac and cheese recipe that allowed me to make it ahead and the sides were sliced watermelon and grapes. Dessert was brownies. Mac and cheese seems to work for everyone including my vegetarians. Here is a great recipe from Cook’s Country.
And here are some great kids: