Monday, September 22, 2008

Easy Party Menu

So, after four super-hectic days of NEIBA activities, we had a little dinner party last night. Normally I like to cook ahead for such events, but this was not an option.
We ate everything too fast for photos. Sorry about that.

Le Menu

Crackers with cream cheese and apricot pepper jelly
Hot Artichoke Dip

Pork Tenderloin with Smoked Paprika Rouille
Green Beans with Pancetta
Sweet Corn and Basmati Rice Salad

Italian Pastries

Below is a recipe for the salad, which is a great summer dish and note that it took the place of a salad AND a starch, hooray, hooray.

http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/SWEET-CORN-AND-BASMATI-RICE-SALAD-103494

I looked around the web for Hot Artichoke Dip recipes, and didn’t find mine.

1 cup mayo (can be low-fat but not non-fat)
1 lg. can artichoke hearts in water, drained well
½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
¾ tsp. grated onion
Dash Tabasco and Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp. Dijon mustard

In a food processor, mix all ingredients. Pour into buttered casserole or soufflé dish.
Bake at 350 for 20 minutes until puffy and light brown. Sprinkle with paprika. Serve with Triscuits, Wheat Thins or any other crackers.

Here is the recipe for the pork tenderloin. I believe I got it from Stephen Weber’s email, as in Weber kettle.

http://www.sportsline.com/mcc/blogs/entry/5887511/9823827

Now invite somebody you like to dinner.

Grapeshot

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