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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Vegan MoFo 2014, Day 16: First Day of Fall Dinner Party

Sunday, mi hermana y Miguel, Greg, and my friend Kirsten came over for dinnnnnerrrrrr. It was relatively low-stress, since the numbers were small and since I didn't even think about it until the day of, haha. Maybe not the BEST plan but usually, the longer I have standing plans, the longer I have to imagine everything that could possibly go wrong.
Anyway, I started out lounging in bed with some cookbooks, thought about filling food, fall food, and what I already had on hand, and went from there.

                                                 steamy pasta ghost cooling the window

 Tricolor pasta salad with lentils, artichokes, carrot, onion, zucchini, capers, and some spices

Autumn Tempeh Salad from The Vegan Table (Colleen Patrick-Goudreau,) which was a huge hit! I loved it. I used sweet potato instead of squash - roasted and mixed with steamed tempeh, onion, celery, raisins, Autumnal spices, sesame oil, and soy sauce. Probably the best dish of the night. I guess I used to entertain more, or cook more elaborately. It's been a long time since I've pulled this book out last, and everything is still always so good.
A last minute addition was Babushka Borscht from Isa Does It.

Swimmin' in it!! So pretty. Very simple recipe, and tasty. Greg felt a little sick so I think he enjoyed a hot soup. LEFT OUT THE DILL til the end because he hates dill. Noticed while we were all eating this that this apartment does not have a ton of spoons. Not even 5, really. So it's good that it was a small gathering.
There was also a small side salad, pita chips and olive hummus. Here is everything minus the borscht all plated up:

                                                                      Psychedelic.

              And my sister modeling the dinner. This is not a blurry photo, she just looks like this.

ALSO the party was a dry party. Liz and Miguel couldn't find beer at a nearby bodega, I felt kinda sick, and Kirsten doesn't drink so we drank seltzer! With lemon bitters. And it was fine! Delicious and refreshing, even. Cleaning up post-party (not that it was a ton of work) was way less stressful not having been drinking all night. And it's a testament to them all being super chill people that I was not nervous or anxious around them while sober.
I didn't have time to make a dessert, so Greg brought Peanut Chews. And that was that. We talked about capitalism, climate change, food, punk rock, Galicia, writing, etc. I had a really good time. Hope they did too. Thanks, guys, for coming and being.

18 comments:

  1. Borscht aside (literally, what is that about?) it looks like a successful dinner party. I have never had a dinner party and it is looking more and more likely with each passing day that I never will. So you really polished off that entire Peach Cobbler? i think Peanut Chews for dessert at least warrants a little alcohol to appreciate. But, again, what do I know?

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    1. People liked the borscht. I needed something fall like and warm! Everything else was a cold salad. The cobbler was actually from a couple days prior so, yeah, it was gone.
      maybe if you host a dinner party you'll find yrself scrambling last minute and resorting to peanut chews too.

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    2. I support peanut chews. <3

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  2. Ha ha! The borscht comment was pretty funny, Shen. This looks like a successful dinner party, and your hermana looks like you - even in her natural blurry state. I want tri color pasta and tempeh salad!!

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  3. That looks like an awesome dinner, food food, good company, good convos, what more could you ask for? Recently I much prefer sober socialising because I don't really like being drunk (which is hard to avoid if you're a total lightweight) and I find drunk people kinda annoying!

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    1. Drunk people are the most annoying people ever if you aren't drunk!!

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  4. Yay, what a fun, laid-back party! I love it when everyone is able to just completely relax instead of feeling any social pressure. Also: borscht! You have to love bright pink food.

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    1. I DO love bright pink food AND staining everything in the kitchen :)

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  5. aw, that sounds like a great evening - lots of fun, good conversation, and low stress. Perfect. I have a couple of cookbooks by Colleen Patrick Goudreau that I havent' used for too long. Thanks for the reminder!

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  6. What a fun dinner party! I love the idea of having a fall themed dinner party and I must do that next year :) Your sister is lovely and I'm with Ingrid, you two definitely look so much alike! The pasta looks really amazing and the borscht is such a pretty color. I'm all about Peanut Chews for dessert.

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    1. You should! You'd do an amazing job, I'm sure. my sis is the prettier of us, and waaaayyy less awkward so there's that.

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  7. Happy fall! Looks like so much fun! Seltzer always feels like a party with or without a spike to it. I personally like treating myself to LaCroix when I don't want alcohol at a social gathering. The lime stuff is perfection.

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    1. Thanks for the tip! I'm not sure I've seen that stuff but I'll look around. Actually, last year for Thanksgiving we found some really nice fruit spritzers from Trader Joes. If I'd thought ahead, maybe I could have bought one of those.

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  8. What a fabulous dinner party! It sounds like you were even able to enjoy yourself...:)) dunno what these other commentors are talking about, borscht is amazing and will cure all that ails you. I add an unholy amount of horseradish to my version, as well as fresh dill. Veselka makes a good one fyi (they have a veg and non veg version so its a good place to go with omni friends)
    Ttrockwood

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