Last night, for our final evening in Philly, I cooked a big dinner. A lot of the menu was blog-inspired, but I also used these cookbooks for recipes….though I wound up veering a little bit.
Also invited was my friend Sadye (who I’d reconnected with on Monday afternoon), her husband Morgan, and their 3-month-old son, Mason.
Everyone hit it off immediately…
For appetizers we set out some cheeses, nuts, baby carrots, and Sabra hummus blended with a few oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes…
Plus some Olive Food Should Taste Good chips – I had about 4 of these with some dip. I like this flavor a lot more than their multigrain one.
I am trying to wean everyone off of Diet Soda with artificial sweeteners; I picked up a six-pack of Root Beer Zevia.
…and they were all impressed!
For the main course I chose the Vegetarian Times’ student chef competition winner for “Best Soup” – a Spicy Sun-Dried Tomato Soup with White Beans and Swiss Chard.…
…only I left out the red pepper flakes, added double the broth, and substituted green chard and chickpeas. So I guess you’d call it a Sun-Dried Tomato Soup with Chickpeas and Green Chard.
I also forgot to add the fresh basil at the end. It was stlll great, though.
From “The Modern Vegetarian” cookbook I followed a recipe for a “Rosemary Porcini” appetizer, but instead of using porcini mushrooms I subbed Cremini, with thyme instead of sage, and balsamic vinegar rather than red wine. They suggested serving it over crostini but I laid it on a bed of organic mixed greens instead:
I also added some cherry tomatoes (roasted with olive oil, rosemary, and thyme at 400 for 20 minutes), some chopped Wildwood Teriyaki Tofu, and Maple Dijon Balsamic Dressing.
I got to sit in the seat of honor, opposite my Daddy-in-law:
Dessert was Christy’s recipe for Avocado Chocolate Pudding (I used cocoa powder):
Plus the best packaged cookies, Newman’s Own Hermits:
Yay for family, old/new friends, and old/new food faves!
Sadye and Morgan had to get little Mason home to bed; the rest of us hung out with the dogs (Julius had to be separated all through dinner because he was being crazy). We had a little pupparazzi photo session:
Howard found Julius’ nylabone:
I did a little packing/cocoa sipping/sucking:
It was snowing when we woke up this morning! You can’t see it in the picture, but there are soft flurries coming down.
I had my typical Philly breakfast, with the addition of some raspberries:
Today we brave the precipitation and head to NYC for the last leg of our holiday vacation. We have a lot of fun things planned, including a blogger brunch in Soho on New Years Day (any New York bloggers who want to join, email me ASAP so I can confirm the reservation), but I’m sad to bid adieu to the family and to Philly.
For the 2 hour train ride, I ‘ve prepped some turkey/mustard/lettuce/fresh basil on wheatberry bread, plus an orange.
As the wise Philadelphians Boyz II Men sang, “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday.“
See you in the Big Apple in 2010!