Here is the last post about the party the welcomed Jess back to DC. I hope breaking it up into 3 parts was easier for you all to digest. I could have just gone on and on (as the prep that day did in fact seem to go on and on…), but 1) that might have been boring to read and 2) I would have only been able to give myself credit for doing one post! This way, I get to pat myself on the back 3 times! haha… yes, folks, the secret to better stats is not strictly more work, but better and more crafty presentation. 😉
In this post, I have the last few bits and the people (the best bits).
I made a beet hummus, which someone saw and cheekily suggested was made in honor of the Cherry Blossom Festival, which we were right in the middle of! Alas, no such planning had been in my head, but I wanted something fresh, healthy, and different (seems to be my M.O.) and saw this recipe on Simply Recipes which sounded great! It was pretty easy, since I started with the already cooked Trader Joe’s beets (yes, I am a dyed-in-the-wool TJ’s fan, try as I might to be objective).
|Beet Hummus: the horror movie|
It turned out rather well, as a sweet tangy pucker in a fresh earthy dip.
Second, I wanted a green dip, so I searched and found one by a friend that did not use mayonnaise– perfect! It used up artichokes in a jar that I had, spinach in a bag that I had, and included plenty of lemon and garlic, always a good indicator of quality.
No photographic evidence was obtained because, like the Baked Brie, it had to be in the oven until presentation, so … I balked at showing the picked-over leftovers in a picture. Yes, yes, so there is definitely some natural selection on this blog; that’s why the photos are so good! 😉
But I can certainly say I had it for leftovers for several days and did not tire of it!
I wish I knew how to do more fancy-pants features with this blog! I guess I could take some time to figure it out, but… I guess I’m satisfied enough with the plain old Jane old format to continue as-is.
So, my birthday was on Monday! And it was a darned-pretty-good day. I had a small gathering of friends who happened to have time on Sunday afternoon over in my backyard. Actually, it’s a cement patch. And it was its ‘coming out party’- the first time I’d used it. I hope to make much more use in the coming months in the hot hot weather!
I cooked whatever came swirling out of my head a few hours before the start time, confident that the full fridge would yield some zingy combinations, and it did, I think:
hot Italian sausage for appetizer
homemade mint and jasmine iced tea
sauteed kale and caramelized onions
spaghetti with salmon, asparagus, and pine nuts
kimchi mandu (ok, those were from H Mart)
pumpkin chocolate chip muffins (http://www.5dollardinners.com/2008/09/pumpkin-chocolate-chip-muffins.html
pear tart (http://localfoods.about.com/od/fall/r/pear_tart.htm)
And it was a pretty good success! In spite of the rain drops falling on our heads.