Nov 7, 2011


Success! (aka: I survived!)

So maybe it was just beginner's luck, but our party went off without a hitch. I didn't cut myself, I didn't burn myself, it's like I had a guardian kitchen angel or something. Who is the patron saint of chefs, anyone know? (Googling, googling... LOL, Saint Martha)

I only have this one photo for you because the birthday boy took it - there just wasn't time to make flower arrangements AND food AND take photos. You'll just have to trust me that it all looked very pretty. That's a caramelized onion tart on puff pastry I'm holding up - the rest of the menu included:

1. Feta Salsa: I doubled everything but the sundried tomatoes, and skipped the olive oil because the tomatoes were packed in oil. This was a HUGE hit.
2. Guacamole: nothing fancy here, just the standard Joy of Cooking recipe. I asked them how much heat they wanted and the answer was little to none, so I thought maybe people would think it was bland, but it was also a big hit.
3. White bean and roasted red pepper dip
4. Fresh spinach dip with yogurt and basil

1. Caramelized onion, goat cheese and fig jam
2. Fontina, red onion, watercress and grape
3. Artichoke and green olive
4. Tomato, basil and balsamic vinegar

Then we had the aforementioned onion tarts, garlic semolina crackers with ricotta, a meat and cheese tray, crudites with celery, bell pepper, cherry tomato, carrot, cucumber and radishes, and we ended the night with adorable little boxes filled with chocolate chip cookies, oatmeal cranberry cookies and various candies.

Anne did an amazing job with the flowers and OMG super mcduper extra big thanks to my future sister-in-law Erin The Great who not only provided us with a very necessary extra set of hands, but totally knows her way around a kitchen, and also washed and dried and rewashed and redried (ad infinitum) every single dish, bowl, spoon, fork, cutting board, so on and so forth.

The party was Saturday and from beginning to end a 12 hour day for us. I had every intention of falling into bed when I got home and sleeping til noon, but my brain had other plans and I got up at 6:30 on Sunday. WTF, brain? Seriously, I woke up feeling like I'd just got off tour. So I did the only reasonable thing I could do - parked my ass on the couch, watched Buffy, and ate my body weight in pizza.

Tomorrow is another big day for me, but we'll get to that tomorrow...
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Nov 7, 2011
w00t! Congrats! I take it you're planning this to be a going concern?

I'm totally gonna make that Feta Salsa. I luuuurv Smitten Kitchen.
Nov 8, 2011
If I'm lucky! And yeah, I really need to send Deb @ SK a xmas present or something because it's my goto food blog and she has never failed me.


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