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The Actual Diet Riot Dinner Pary

December 30, 2012

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Last night I hosted a dinner for 25 adults and children. I think I nailed the “diet riot” pretty well. By dessert time, even the gluten frees and calorie counters succumbed to platters of yummy bar cookies! Everyone had their favorite dishes to eat, and a few people enjoyed sampling it all.

Everything but a couple of the desserts were made the day of the party, attesting to the fact that simple, fresh and flavorful is always better than overly complicated  heavy fare.

Almost all of the recipes came from my Indigo Jones Unrecipe Cookbook, and are previously posted on the site where *.

We started with small nibbles:

*Parmesan Shortbread Crisps

*White Bean Dip with a choice of pita chips or baby carrots

Assorted Olives

*Spiced Nuts

For dinner, we served:

*Baby Arugula, Radicchio and Fennel Salad with Toasted Pecans and Cranberry Vinaigrette

*Herb Roasted Salmon

*Sticky Asian Chicken Wings

Marinated Pork Loin

*Brown rice, with Corn, Shallots and Fresh Mint

Roasted Green Beans

Assorted Rolls

Dessert was an assortment of bar cookies:

Chocolate Marble Cheesecake Brownies, Chocolate Chip Blondies, Pecan Toffee Bars, and Lemon Bars.

I had options for the gluten free, chicken averse, sauce avoiders, vegetable haters, and fish phobics. Weight watchers, cholesterol controllers, vegetarians, and the generally fussy were covered as well (I hope). Although some of the pickiest eaters found only 1 or 2 items to try, nobody went hungry; score!

The casual dinner went on until 2 a.m. so we can assume it was a success!

I hope all of your celebrations are happy ones. Enjoy!

Shower Power

August 8, 2012

 

Last weekend, we hosted a baby shower for two very special people.

Of course, everything had to be homemade. And of course we had WAY too much food!

It’s hard to approximate how much to prepare for 50 people. Now we know it’s nearly half of the quantity we thought we needed. ( more on this to follow!)

The guests knew they had arrived at the right place, when they saw our chalk art on the sidewalk outside:

The decorations were simple:

We stretched a clothesline on a big, blank wall behind the dining room table. Using mini clothespins, we hung a variety of baby clothes on the line. It was festive and useful, and the parents-to-be took home all of the items for their newborn.

On the coffee table, wooden blocks spelled out the baby’s name, surrounded with vases of daisies.

A good time was had by all, and the new parents got lots of great things for their little boy! ( the pillow was handmade by B!)

Mostly, it was all about the food…tons and tons of food!

There were two serving areas, each with a variety of items. On the dining room table, was a continental breakfast, featuring muffins, coffee cakes, and bagels, as well as fruit, yogurt and homemade granola.

The buffet was set with luncheon salads.

Later, we put out dessert.

A great time was had by all, and the happy couple went home with lots of wonderful things for their baby boy. We can’t wait to meet him in early October!

Here are some of the dishes we served:

Blueberry and Raspberry Muffins and Pumpkin Pecan Mini Muffins

Sour Cream Coffee Cake with Cinnamon Crumble

Lemon Yogurt Loaf Cake

Homemade granola

Luncheon Salads:

Chinese Chicken Salad with Soy Peanut Dressing (recipe here)

Kale Salad with Mint, Edamame and Cranberries in Lemon Herb Vinaigrette ( note to self: don’t do this one for a crowd ever again! recipe here)

Wild Rice Salad with Cranberries, Oranges, Grapes and Pecans.

Just of few of the desserts:

Lemon Shortbread Bars

Marbled Cheesecake Brownies

Pecan Pie Bars

A good time was had by all! We can’t wait to meet you Landon!

Photos: Spencer Jones / Glasshouse Images shot exclusively for indigo jones


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