November 22, 2010

Around the World for Love

A thoughtful friend. A bride-to-be. A theme. Holly is getting married and Holly loves to travel. So for her bridal shower, we did an around the world theme, featuring her ten favorite places on earth. A course for each place involved fun research; who knew that more green jello is sold in Utah than all other states combined? Luckily Scottie brought me back spices from her latest trip to Cambodia and I happened to take a cooking class in Hanoi! With a Thai honeymoon on her horizon, we wish Holly and her new groom, lots of happy adventures.
The Menu

Hanoi, Vietnam
beef spring rolls in lettuce wraps with vietnamese dipping sauce

Paris, France
brie and apple crostini on baguettes

Sydney, Australia
'shrimp on the barbie'
roasted shrimp with bbq cocktail sauce

Reykjavik, Iceland
gravlax, creme fraiche and dill on pumpernickel

Siem Reap, Cambodia
chicken satay with gingered peanut dip

Moab, Utah
green jello salad with kiwi

London, England
curried minted english pea soup shots

Interlake, Switzerland
cucumber and dill salad

Loreta, Mexico
mexican hot chocolate cookies

November 1, 2010

Skull and Bones

Hundreds of trick or treaters meant lots of snacks and cocktails, followed by a candelit sit down dinner. This was the way to do Halloween, grown up. Playful appetizers for hours as superheros, witches, cowboys and princesses pawned for candy, often ignoring the 'one piece' rule. The glutton in me can relate. And we did indulge: short ribs and mac and cheese. Our table glowed with black pumpkins, skulls and bones. Happy Halloween!!!
The Menu

passed for 'trick or treat'

spiked hot cider

spinach 'eye' balls with sweet hot mustard

curried 'devilled' eggs

pumpkin filled black ravioli with sage browned butter

lamb meatballs with 'vampire-fighting' roasted garlic dip

black and orange cheese platter
smoked cheddar, mimolette, poppyseed rubbed sheep's cheese, persimmon, carrot sticks, dried apricots, black olives, roasted orange peppers, black grapes, black figs, black plums, roasted pumpkin seeds, quince paste

to start

roasted butternut squash soup with candied pumpkin seeds, asian pear, creme fraiche and fried sage

followed by

"skulls and bones" braised short ribs with horseradish creme

'ghostly gooey' five-cheese mac and cheese

spooky swiss chard

to end

"devilishly" dark chocolate birthday cake
dulche de leche ice cream
pumpernickel toasts