I've actually been avoiding this meal since I first started cooking because of the enormous challenge this meal usually is. Well, I finally took it on head first with no recipe, no directions and no specified ingredients.
Turns out, my guests loved it! There were things I'd tweak for the next time, but for being the first time, I had to say it wasn't too shabby (and I'm my worst critic).
Then for dessert, they were in the mood for chocolate chip cookies. Instead of buying premade ones in the store, I made it from scratch with all natural ingredients I always have in my kitchen. Another hit! Didn't take long and it was delicious =)