May 10, 2006

My List

Yesterday (it was only yesterday?), I asked you guys for your list of top five dinner guests, alive or dead. I guess it's only fair I provide you with mine.

1. Fred (Mr.) Rogers. That's how this whole thing started. When I was very young, I asked my mom if we could invite Mr. Rogers over for dinner. It was always something I'd have liked to do. The morning it was announced Mr. Rogers had died, my mom called me at work to tell me. She thought she should be the one to break it to me. And to tell me that we'd never have him over for dinner.

2. Peter Gabriel. The man is a genius and his slightly surreal way of looking at the world is remarkable, as is the way that world is reflected in his music.

3. Iain Banks. Many years ago, I read a book that changed how I viewed reading. It was called The Bridge. In it, Iain Banks created a bizarre, surreal world and, at the same time, an incredibly beautiful portrait of life. Banks' can write like few others. His range is amazing and his language is brilliant.

4. David Gilmour. The Pink Floyd singer and guitarist is truly my favorite guitarist. Gilmour's sound seems to radiate actual warmth. His technique and the sounds he manages to coax from his guitars are quite simply some of the most gorgeous sounds I've ever heard.

5. Harry Truman. While there are other, flashier presidents out there waving a little more political bling, I've always been fascinated with Truman. I guess, like most, I'm most curious over the decisions to drop the bombs on Japan.

And there you have it. Now, what should we have for dinner...

Posted by Chris at May 10, 2006 7:22 PM

you know, we've had this discussion before, I think. I distinctly remember that we both agreed on Peter Gabriel and Mr. Rogers. I wanted Neil Gaiman as well. I can't remember who else I picked.

Posted by: jodi at May 10, 2006 7:29 PM

A guest list like that practically screams for a taco bar.

Carne asado, of course.

Posted by: melati at May 10, 2006 7:35 PM

Hey! My mom called me the day Mr. Rogers died, too. She said she didn't want me to hear it from strangers. Mr. Rogers influenced me in a big way when I was a kid.

I think you should serve macaroni and cheese. Really. Homemade, with crispy cheese on the top.

Posted by: Alissa at May 10, 2006 7:37 PM

I think coq au vin would be nice for the flesh eaters in the crowd, with some roasted vegetables, an orzo dish with cheese (works as the main dish for the vegetarians), and a good Pinot Noir. Creme brulee for dessert, or just fresh berries with angel cake and whipped cream.

Et, voila!

Posted by: shelley at May 10, 2006 7:46 PM

Why should we bow to the flesh eaters?

I'm of two minds, either Alissa's baked macaroni and cheese and broccoli (okay, the broccoli was my idea -but think how proud Mr. Rogers would be if you CHOSE broccoli) or a nice vegetarian Penne alla Vodka, with a green salad and fresh garlic knots.

Mmmmm -I think I'll be making Penne alla Vodka this weekend. I'll have to pick up some Vodka. And cream. And Parmesan. And salad. I'd better make a list. LOL

Posted by: HR Mommy at May 10, 2006 8:42 PM

Yeah, I don't know if Peter Gabriel eats meat or not. Some sort of pasta dish would be lovely.

Posted by: Sarah at May 10, 2006 8:44 PM

I'll third the Mac and Cheese. Hey, can I come? SOunds like it would be an interesting dinner.

Posted by: Melissa at May 10, 2006 9:02 PM

how about spanish food. Of course no meat or Indian food. I do love it, here in NYC you get some really good ones.

Posted by: Katherine at May 10, 2006 9:05 PM

Just be cool and don't ask what the "S" in Harry S Truman stands for. There's no period after it because it's not an abbreviation. That alone is grounds for an invite to the dinner, don't you think?


Posted by: Vaguely Urban at May 10, 2006 9:19 PM

Sushi? Maybe throw on a good steak for Pres. Truman. Otherwise, go with what you know best, vegetarian.

Posted by: Krush at May 10, 2006 11:38 PM

I think a nice pot roast with roasted potatoes and carrots and those little onions that are so cute and sooo tasty.

A nice tossed salad with cucumbers and green onions with lettuce and tomato. A green bean casserole such as the one that is common to Thanksgiving dinner, and maybe those little corn on the cobs.

For desert, a nice apple pie with vanilla ice cream and then coffee and vanilla wafer cookies for after dinner. A nice conversation and we can all watch Mia as she goes about her cute business

Posted by: Red at May 11, 2006 6:21 AM

Gad, I didn't realize how traditional that all was until I read it. *giggles* I am sooooooo not traditional. Flesh eater yes, traditional, nope. *laughs*

I do apologize to the non flesh eaters. I got so worked up over the roast I wasn't thinking straight. That and the fact I haven't had ANY coffee yet.

How about some vegetarian dishes. I don't know any, but I love me some veggies. As long as we keep the apple pie and vanilla ice cream with the vanilla wafers and coffee I am cool! :)

Posted by: Red at May 11, 2006 6:26 AM

What I love about Ian Banks' books is the detail he goes into on location, you can trace locations and journeys on maps.

Or is that just me?

I go for the macaroni cheese option. I'm dieting and haven't had it for weeks.

Posted by: Katherine at May 11, 2006 7:27 AM

A few weeks ago I got asked who I would have dinner with (but it was one person alive and one person dead) and I totally picked Harry Truman. For some reason he is my favorite president ever.

Posted by: DCOE at May 11, 2006 7:43 AM

Pasta. Everyone likes pasta. Make it whole grain and throw some veggies in and you're set. Plus, it's one of those meals that encourages people to sit around the kitchen table and talk for longer, which is kind of the point here, right?

You know, I think I started to post a comment with my 5 picks the other day but I only made it to four (Thomas Jefferson, Dorothy Day, Laura Ingalls Wilder & Dave Matthews)and could not for the life of me think of a fifth person I'd like to invite. I'm sure there's someone though.

Re: the Mr Rogers thing, have you ever read this blog: He's a big Mr. Rogers fan and is working on a film about him. He actually hung out with Mr Rogers a couple of times - you can read about it here:

Just thought you might find it interesting.

Posted by: erin at May 11, 2006 11:48 AM

What a coincidence... We are watching Mr Roger's right now as we are reading your post. Anyway, I will have to think about my top 5 dinner guests and get back to you. Sorry I haven't stopped by the site in a while, glad you are still writing. It is so entertaining :o)

Posted by: ohhmama! at May 11, 2006 12:42 PM

Late on commenting, but I've always liked Truman too. Maybe it's the buck stops here thing.

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