I’ve spent the last 12 days enjoying Christmas break by spending time in Colorado. Snowmobiling, sledding, hiking, skiing, cooking and, most importantly, spending time with family has occupied much of my time.
Yesterday morning my grandmother, aunt, uncle and two cousins departed leaving only my immediate family here. My oldest sister, Sara, and I decided that a gourmet home cooked meal was in order. After debate and planning, a menu was set.
Appetizer: Stuffed Mushrooms
Soup: Japanese Pumpkin, Vanilla, and Garlic Soup
Salad: Baby Spinach, goat cheese, pom seeds, pears and a citrus vinaigrette
Entrée: Cider brined pork tenderloin with rosemary roasted potatoes
Dessert: Chocolate mouse with espresso whip cream and raspberries
Portobello mushrooms stuffed, baked and cut into triangles
based off of this recipe
Last Friday, we actually went out for a nice dinner to celebrate my sister Katherine’s graduation. The restaurant served this soup and luckily for you and me, they featured the recipe on their website. There was no kabocha squash at the grocery store here so I used acorn. The soup ended up being pretty thick so we thinned with some chicken broth during the final step (part of this might have been because I used an immersion blender to blend the squash so I didn’t add any water then). It was a delicious and flavorful soup!
Ina Garten’s Rosemary Roasted Potatoes
Salad with spinach, pom arils, goat cheese, pears and a random dressing of orange juice concentrate (leftover from pork brine), olive oil, red wine vinegar, drizzle of honey, rosemary, dry mustard, salt, pepper, etc….just threw stuff in until it tasted good!
The meal ended with a delicious chocolate mousse. Yum!
Although I’d recommend serving much smaller portions of it than we did….so rich!
Overall, a delicious dinner!! I highly recommend all of these recipes. I seriously love planning, preparing, and eating fancy meals! I especially love plating the food and setting the table to make it look nice! I seriously can’t wait to be married and have other couples over for dinner parties. Is that weird?
I’m so normal. Weeeeee
The only thing I don’t like is doing dishes and cleaning up. I’ll cook, you do the dishes. Sound like a plan?
What’s your favorite thing to do when you have free time?
I love cooking nice meals. I also love playing games. Quelf, Catch Phrase, spades, Last Word, and Bananagrams are just a few of my favorites!
What’s the best thing you’ve eaten this holiday season?
The chocolate mouse above definitely ranks high on my list!