Archive for the ‘Party’ Category


I’m a slacker, on all counts. Posting, cooking, photographing, I’ve just been slacking all around, though thinking a lot about hipsters on food stamps. But that’s for another day. Here, though, are some tasty shots from Easter brunch. Sharing food with friends is obviously one of life’s greatest pleasures. Especially when everyone brings something…ham, goat cheese souffles, green bean casserole, and pear and chocolate cake. And candy, of course.

Bloody Marys
Bloody Marys.

Steaming Green Bean Casserole
Serving it up.

Goat cheese souffles
Goat cheese souffles, courtesy of Misty.



Misty and Adam
Misty and Adam.

Pretty tulips, cake, and peeps.


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A couple weekends ago, about fifty of our family members and closest friends joined us for a little party to celebrate our new digs. I am KICKING myself for not taking more pictures, especially of the food and the people, obviously. More hosting was done than shooting, unfortunately. As for the food, let’s just say that I was a little overambitious. We had canapes, and deviled eggs (courtesy of Joy Manning’s and Tara Mataraza Desmond’s Almost Meatless), Mango Curry Shrimp Salad (a perennial favorite), and beer simmered hot dog bites. I made little twice baked potatoes from beautiful blue potatoes from Livengood’s Produce. We had endive leaves filled with blue cheese, cranberries, walnuts, dressed with a light maple syrup dressing.


There were cupcakes! In honor of Misty’s birthday. There was pulled pork, courtesy of Aunt Louise, a beautiful quiche made by Cully, and mini cranberry meatballs, lovingly made by my pastry school friend Steph. Misty made mushrooms stuffed with crab meat. Apparently no one except Steph touched the crudite. There were other ideas that didn’t make it through to execution like beet and goat cheese skewers and Ina Garten’s ham and cheese puff pastry. My friend Brooke brought the makings of this delicious onion tart. And of course there were pickles.

Steph, eating the only piece of crudite all night.

There were many times that I looked around that night and smiled to myself. It sort of felt like our wedding, on only a slightly smaller scale: family, old and new work friends, college friends, high school friends, neighborhood friends. I also feel very fortunate that our families get along great. Everyone always has a good time together.

Like any other major get-together or holiday, food was a main component of our party. And the truth is, if I hadn’t received any compliments about the food, I would have been bummed. So much of what I identify with has to do with food. I like making it, eating it, taking pictures of it, and I make sure people who need it, have it. Apparently much of my self worth (personal and professional) is wrapped up in it.

So of COURSE I received many compliments on the food. And I wouldn’t have had it any other way.

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Gotta love this. Share Our Strength has a cool event coming up in Philly that benefits a bunch of local anti-hunger organizations.

Share Our Strength has several other events/programs that I had no idea were all affiliated with one another, including Great American Bake Sale and Great American Dine Out.

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