I am SO behind! I feel like I’ve been cooking non stop and why have I not been sharing it here, I have no idea. Just going nuts. With all that said, I have plenty of recipes so you may get bombarded these next few days! Fun stuff.
This past Friday I had a fun little dinner party at my apartment. I got to meet a lot of really great people, made some new friends and caught up with some old ones. We ate, drank wine (and Lindsay’s Amazing Apple Cider), and had a great time. Thank you everyone who came out and made the night awesome!
I took the day off of work Friday to begin cooking early and I was still a mess by the time everyone arrived. Changing into normal clothes just minutes before the guests started arriving. I think my teeny, tiny, electric stove and minuscule kitchen are to blame but all in all the night was a success. Everyone left bellies full and smiles on their faces.
We started the night with appetizers. My Mommom makes this first dish all the time, Clams Casino. So naturally I called her for the recipe, she’s always so happy to talk, makes my day just hearing her voice. She’s 91, about 4 ft 8 inches and she wears heels every single day, she’s absolutely fabulous. A little bombshell. Anyway, I always ask her to make Clams Casino for any holiday I’m around (and her amazing tiramisu). These were a big hit, I added a little bacon and a little Parmesan cheese on top. Delish!
Oddly enough this next appetizer is one of my all time favs of my Mom’s! I always ask for her to make these as well when I’m home for the holidays. Her Stuffed Mushrooms would rock anyone’s world, seriously. All night I heard people throughout the apartment saying to another guest ‘You have to try the mushrooms.’ They’re a little spicy, a lot savory and jam packed with flavor. Pretty incredible…
I think I really need to learn how to make my food look pretty on a plate. It tastes good enough. New Years resolution? Haha! Thinking way ahead right now. Well anyway…our small plates for the night included one of my favorite dishes from culinary school, it may even be a Thomas Keller recipe, Scallops in Black Tie. It’s layered sea scallops & thin sliced truffles wrapped in spinach leaves then puff pastry and baked to golden brown perfection, it’s finished off with a truffle pan sauce, truly amazing. Unfortunately the scallops were extremely small, made for a much smaller dish than I had planned but my handsome man says it was his favorite. Love him.
And one of my favorites of the night was the second small plate, a take on the traditional sweet potato casserole, Sweet Potato Gnocchi w/ a Sweet Brown Butter Cream Sauce, topped off with spiced pecans, a recipe from Sweet Pea’s Kitchen.
Then it was on to the main event, we had soooo much going on. I wanted to make all of these dishes, some didn’t make it, some add-ins got left out, but there was still a ton of food. Prosciutto wrapped Pork Loin & Domino Potatoes a la Bon Appetit, my Poppie’s recipe of Cornbread Stuffing (amazing!!), carrots two ways, roasted Brussels sprouts w/ pancetta, & homemade cranberry sauce. Unfortunately while I was going crazy in the kitchen we didn’t get many pictures.
Almost everything went, there was leftovers for Saturday night. Which was nice for my handsome man and myself. We of course devoured it, he even destroyed the leftover stuffing from the mushrooms (I had a couple spoonfuls myself – it’s pretty irresistible). But finally after dinner was served Lindsay and I got to relax, with a nice chilled bottle of pinot grigio. 😉 Desserts were made prior to the event. They just needed some plating…we had a Pumpkin Cheesecake, Caramel Apple Cake (my God that’s a delicious recipe!) & Snickerdoodle Pumpkin Ice Cream Sandwiches. Enjoyed by all!