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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!

Unrecipe of the Week’s Superbowl Mash-Up

February 4, 2010

Super Bowl Sunday is just days away and Super Bowl food is as much a ritual as watching the game itself.

Here at Indigo Jones, we thought we would publish an “Unrecipe Mash-up” of some of the recipes we have posted previously, as an upgrade to the junk food that is usually served at these gatherings.

Here we go….

If you like chips and dip, why not try Hot Artichoke Dip with Garlic Pita Toasts? (1/22/10)

Don’t wait for cold soggy pizza to be delivered, when you can be enjoying Mini Puffed Pastry Pizzettes with Tomatoes and Goat Cheese. (12/26/09)

Instead of peanuts, how about delicious Spiced Nuts? (11/11/09)

Why eat Buffalo wings with creamy blue cheese dressing, when you can enjoy baked chicken wings with Chinese BBQ Sauce? (10/13/09)

It’s all easy to prepare, yummy to eat, and better for you than the greasy processed foods they replace. Just add beer and enjoy!

photo: Glasshouse Images

Unrecipe of the Week

November 11, 2009

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These nuts combine the perfect blend of salty and sweet, and hot and spicy. It’s an easy way to make simple mixed nuts a special treat.

Warning: they can be addictive!

Spiced Nuts

1 1/4 pounds of mixed unsalted nuts (you can buy them mixed or create your own combination)

2 tablespoons brown sugar

2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary

1/2 teaspoon (or more to taste) cayenne pepper

2 teaspoons coase salt

1 tablespoon melted butter

Toast the nuts in the oven at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes, or until golden brown.

Combine the remaining ingredients in a bowl and and toss the warm nuts in the mixture until evenly coated.

Enjoy!

Tip: Nuts go from warm to burnt very quickly. Check on them frequently, and shake the pan from time to time to avoid burning them.

photo: Glasshouse Images


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