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Best Sandwich Eva with Polenta Fries

Music: Broadcast – I Found the F

I’ve talked about this sandwich before but I was craving it and couldn’t get to New Haven…so we made it at home. We paired it with polenta fries which were delicious and an easy alternative to french fries (although no more healthy).

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Goat Cheese, Butternut Squash, Melted Onion and Duck Bacon Crostini

There’s got to be a better name for this…anyone? anyone?

In honor of Cathy Erway’s book The Art of Eating In, The Bell House is hosting a launch party complete with a crostini cook-off.  We really wanted to be a part of this but had a conflict.  BOOO! If you can make it you should…there will be lots of good food, music and beer.  A portion of the ticket sales will benefit Just Food & Oxfam relief efforts in Haiti.

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Leave The Gun, Take The Eggplant Parmesan – Sunday Dinner

Music: Speak Softly Love – Andy Williams

This was one of the Sunday Dinners menus that was near and dear to our hearts. It is pretty traditional Italian fare and we shared it with friends Peter, Erin and Kurt. It’s not a glamorous meal but it sure got us in the mood to cling to our roots and apply for dual citizenship. We served a traditional antipasto, focaccia, eggplant parmesan with penne and tiramisu (look for this Thursday).

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Sunday Night Dinner (on Saturday!) – Happy Christmastide Party

Music: The Waitresses – Christmas Wrapping

On Saturday, James and I threw our (now) annual Christmas party.  We made a traditional Italian dinner of Manicotti and Meatballs.  Does anyone remember Saturday night? It snowed…a lot. And there were a gaggle of Manhattanites that braved the G train to come to our Brooklyn winter wonderland.

It was also our friend Brian’s birthday.  For this occasion I thought I would make him a croquembouche (he has an affinity for French pastry – I guess, who doesn’t?).  I’d been wanting to do this for some time…we had one at our wedding that was scrumdiddlyumptious.  I’ll post a picture but the recipe will come on Thursday.

So we opened our tiny table and put two leaves in to fit 10.  It basically took over our whole apartment but we sat down to a formal dinner complete with Christmas crackers, crowns and some inappropriate conversations and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.  We even sang a carol or four (after a couple Kir’s each) in three-part harmony…I love having talented friends (aka, nerds). We finished the night with a Hall and Oats sitting dance party.  Those two are REAL hit-makers! (direct quote from Melissa). Continue reading


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Sunday Night Dinner! Beef Bourguignon, Homemade Baguette, Roasted Fingerling Potatoes and Haricots Verts

Music: Talking Heads – Radio Head

Last night we celebrated my father-in-law’s Birthday.  Whoopie! We made him a special dinner reminiscent of his honeymoon in France.  This was a combination of the classic Julia Child recipe, Ina’s and some stuff in my brain.

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Something about Thanksgiving…

Music: Spoon – I Summon You

A few years ago, while I was in graduate school in San Francisco, I couldn’t make it home for Thanksgiving.  I decided to have a small gathering of friends and my cousin Tom (who made a terrific turkey) over my apartment to celebrate the holiday. Orphan Thanksgiving included Tom, my friend Casey, his brother Evan, their friends and a celebrity animal whisperer.  It was my first attempt at hosting Thanksgiving and I really enjoyed it. There won’t be pictures yet because I haven’t made the food this year, but once I do I will post. I have no idea where these recipes came from and I wish I could pay homage to their origins.  What you’ll find here are a bunch of suggestions for great sides to serve 8-10 people. Enjoy!

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Sunday Night Dinner – Onion Pie, Schiacciata, Fig & Goat Cheese Bruschetta and Kir Royale

Music: Honky Tonk Women – The Rolling Stones

This weekend we went to Connecticut to see my family.  My mom invited her sister and my cousins  over for dinner on Sunday night.  It’s been a long time since we’ve all been together and we spent most of the afternoon preparing the meal as a family.  It was a fairly traditional Sunday Night Dinner; pasta with meatballs, red sauce and ricotta but we had some noteworthy starters and sides.

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