Archive for December, 2009


We had a feast and Secret Santa exchange on ‘I’ week.  The menu was as follows:

Tina made the sweet dessert of Iced Island Rum Cake.

Cat made Irish Soda Bread.  We were too hungry to wait for the meal, so it made appetizer status.

Meg slaved over the stove for a delicious Italian minestrone.

Let’s take a look into her pot.

I made the Italian pantanella.  I made it with cubed Italian bread, diced tomatoes, red onion, English cucumber, and cannelini beans.  Tossed it with red wine vinegar and extra virgin olive oil with salt and pepper.  Top with basil just before serving.  The bread was a bit soggy; I should have toasted it first.  Oh well!

Doug made polenta.  This was quite a hit.  Cat could not control herself around this!

Doug savoring his meal.  Mmmm…..

Graeme made butternut squash ravioli with a sage butter sauce.  Holy moly was that delicious.  So delicious, in fact, that I forgot to take pictures.


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Despite the snowstorm and the lack of “H” recipes, four of us stuck it out and had a very delicious dinner.  On the menu this night we had:

Challah with honey butter

Sweet potato and turnip latkes

Honduran tacos

Hearts of palm dip with pita bread

Due to the snowstorm and other work related activities, we were short two people which left us with no dessert.  The dessert was supposed to be Hazelnut cupcakes, but maybe that will be for another event.

More pictures and recipe sidebars should be added in the next few weeks.

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Going for the G

The thought process behind the letter G was strenuous.  Should we have Greek or grape leaves?  Gouda, gorgonzola, or gruyere cheese?  Goat and guinea pig were definitely off the list.  So we settled for this delicious spread:

Greek Salad: http://simplyrecipes.com/recipes/dads_greek_salad/

Grape Leaves, Stuffed from Epicurious.  Chef’s note: this recipe may seem deceptively simple.  It is easy to make, but time consuming unless you recruit an assembly team.

Gruyere Macaroni and Cheese

Green Bean Casserole

Gazpacho Soup

Ginger Cookies with chocolate chips:

And to top it all off, Gelato.   This was not home made, but bought from our local gelato place. The flavors were Italian egg nog, pumpkin, and chocolate.

As always, we overate and unbuttoned our pants before saying our good byes.

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