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Sunday, December 28, 2014

Rachel's Holiday Party

It's still the Holiday SEASON, so this isn't really a late post :)
My friend Rachel lives in South Brooklyn, in Ditmas Park, where people own HOUSES. (Okay, so, she only has the first floor of a house, but it's still a HOUSE.) She even has a porch! It was too cold to sit out on the porch on that evening, but it was very cheery inside for her holiday party. She even had a tree like a legitimate grown-up.
I made two kinds of cookies to bring:

                                   Jae Steele's Chai Pumpkinseed cookies, from Get it Ripe

             and Nava Atlas's Multi-seed Crispies (not so crisp) from Vegan Holiday Kitchen

                                                          I also brought clementines!

                              She had little crisps out with a pepper jelly that was really good.

Rachel is vegetarian, not vegan, and she loves her cheese. I made sure to bring a Daiya wedge. I think I ate most of it myself, but someone else had a piece and came back to announce, "I just had the weirdest cheese!"

We used to work at the bookstore together. Here is a small selection of her books, along with an old sign from our department.
This all, plus Fleetwood Mac and Broadcast, plus seasonal beers were a perfect way to start the Holiday week.

24 comments:

  1. Did you bake your latest coughing disease into the Cookies?

    Did anyone eat the Clementines you brought? I enjoy these holiday party posts. I can 'live' vicariously through you (although, I probably would have declined this invitation because in reality I prefer to stay home).

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    1. This was before that started, but maybe I caught something there because Rachel also got a fever the same weekend I did.
      I saw one person very excited about the clementines. I don't go out all that often either, really, especially way South, but Rachel is a good friend and throws pretty low-key parties.

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  2. Daiya reviews are always good for a laugh!
    xo
    kittee

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    1. Especially when people don't know what they're getting into, I guess!

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  3. Get It Ripe is a favorite of mine! I'll try out that cookie recipe when I'm back home. It took me the long time til I gave pepper jelly a try but with sunflower butter on sourdough toast - awesome! I love reading other peoples bookshelves :)

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    1. I've found her baked goods to not actually be my favorite, but the book is great overall. This dough, if you make it, is pretty dry - I had to add almost 1/3 c. extra almond milk.

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  4. What a fun party! All of your contributions look delicious. I'm with sheen, I like living vicariously through you because I'm a hermit, ha! I'm impressed you even went not feeling great. I have a nasty cold now and the thought of leaving the house hasn't even crossed my mind!

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    1. Yeah, I've been pretty sick too but I get kinda stir crazy if I don't get some air and sun. I guess in that way I'm not too hermitic, but I definitely am mostly a homebody.

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  5. Yayy party! Pepper jelly and toast sounds like such a great idea with a cheese plate.

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    1. Yeah, it was a great combination. I'll have to find some pepper jelly for myself.

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  6. Sounds like a perfectly festive evening! The comment about the "weirdest cheese" made me laugh - I've experienced a similar situation! Ha! Chai cookies sound yummy.

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    1. The chai cookies were good but kind of dry, from what I could tell.

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  7. looks like the party had some great eats! :D

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  8. Glad we both went to one actual house party this season; I think it's progress. You are a very gracious guest! I brought cowboy cookies and wine to mine, not realizing that the hosts were both allergic to nuts. Last time they came to my house I didn't remember they were allergic to cinnamon, so it's an unfortunate pattern.

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    1. Haha! Too bad! Did you eat all the cookies, then?

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  9. I like to read about others' get-togethers, too. I shared my Daiya wedge with a meat eater yesterday, and he liked it. It's interesting how different people are.

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    1. I think it's not so bad if people are expecting it.

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  10. Ha ha, I love the cheese comment! We love our vegan cheese, though, am I right? Happy New Year!

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  11. Your cookies sound fabulous! The daiya comment is too funny, i'm not the biggest fan of their wedges (i do love the shreds all melty). Holiday parties are the best part of the season! Sounds like you had fun.

    Hope your cold is in retreat and you're drinking lots of miso and tea between napping. (I swear the more i sleep the faster i get better)
    Ttrockwood

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    1. The shreds are great! I don't mind the wedges with crackers. I have been sleeping a TON, thank you!

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  12. (I keep trying to post a comment, but it keeps not letting me, so I apologize if you get like a million version of this comment, BUT, here I go again)!

    Holiday parties are great and those pumpkinseed chai cookies sound sooo good! Eating vegan cheese raw is just never going to be up to non-vegans standards. Have you ever made raw cheese balls? I'd like to experiment with that.

    Happy new year!

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    1. Sorry that was a hassle for you, it's hard to tell when that will happen.
      I just saw Kittee Berns post a cheeseball photo that looks GREAT, covered in cilantro. I haven't made them before, but I want to do that soon.
      Happy New year to you too!

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