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Cooking Club

Morning, friends! How’s your week going so far? What’s the weather like where you are? It’s HOT here! Hot and muggy. But we had such a long and terrible winter that aside from the preliminary comments about my hair puffing out, I will not complain about the heat. No more down vests and winter vests for me, please!

Motivation/ Inspiration struck again, and I made it back to the gym before work! 2 miles on the treadmill (my joints were tight, so it was a little rouhg) followed by abs and curtsy combos.

Breakfast was the usual bring-to-work fare:

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  • Greek yogurt
  • 1 banana
  • Quaker Oatmeal Squares
  • Ambrosial muesli
  • sunflower butter

I was so enamored with my kale caesar at Counter the other night that I tried to recreate the same thing for lunch. It’s all about the dressing (which I didn’t have time to make and instead substituted lemon juice + Mmm sauce) but I did make some tempeh croutons, the recipe for which I will share with you later.

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After work, I headed to Rebecca’s apartment to help her get ready for our inaugural Cooking Club/ potluck. The menu was tapas-style, and featured a plethora of Smitten Kitchen recipes. Below, Rebecca is adding the finishing touch (Magic Hat beer!) to SK’s Arroz con Pollo.

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Soon, we were joined by Kelly, Leslie, Sofia and Megan (who snuck out for the photo).

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We were ready to begin! We started with gazpacho and red, red wine.  

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We ate buffet style: Spinach & Chickpeas (we made this when I arrived, and omitted the bread for lack of a food processor), Arroz con Pollo, Spinach, Gruyère, & Carmelized Onion Quiche (made by Megan), and Tortilla de Patatas.

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It was a feast! Everything complemented each other wonderfully.

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We also had quite the spread for dessert: I brought Katie’s Chocolate-Chip Blondies (!), Kelly made Oatmeal, Chocolate Chip & Peanut Butter cookies, and Sofia made Coconut Banana Bread with lime glaze.

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We were happy, happy diners. And will continue to be happy today with our leftovers!

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Thanks again to Rebecca for hosting a wonderful evening. I always have so much fun with this fabulous group of ladies!

What did you bring to the last potluck/ cooking party you attended? If you haven’t been to one, what would your dream dinner theme be?

18 comments to Cooking Club

  • Aww I am so honored you made the blondies! :)
    Your meet-up looks like so much fun!

    My dream dinner theme would be… chocolate! Oooh I should really make that a reality!

  • Rebecca@nycvicariously.com

    “We” made this when I arrived — YOU made it! :) It was so good–definitely going on my roster of recipes.

  • Everything was so yummy last night! I still can’t believe those blondies were made from CHICKPEAS.

  • Ada

    That looks like such a fun dinner! Glad you girls had a nice time together:)

  • I love potlucks!

    For the last one I attended, which was for a good friend’s 25th birthday, I made homemade bread and butter. I love trying all kinds of new treats at dinner parties.

  • yum. i especially loved the dessert course, naturally.

    what’s our theme for the next meeting?! one of these days i vote cuban + mojitos. when it’s super summery out. thoughts?

  • Yayyy for the am workout!!! Its suppose to be like 96 here today. The dinner looks like so much fun! What was your favorite dish?? I brought sun butter cookies to jennys graduation party :) have a great day

  • I would love to attend a pot luck type party with like minded eaters, unfortunatley almost everyone I know aren’t foodies like me! My dream theme would be vegan – perhaps everyone bringing something from a cookbook by Isa Chandra Moskowitz so vegannomicon, appetite for reduction, vegan cupcakes and cookies invade your cookie jar etc. I would have a happy tummy!

  • Yall really had a great spread. Dinner parties are the best especially when the company is as good or better than the food!

  • I can’t even remember the last potluck I went to. Looks like a great feast, for sure!

  • Everything was so delicious, and your blondies were amazeballs. I fully support Sofia’s Cuban + mojito idea – that sounds perfect!

  • if i don’t workout in the morning, chances are i won’t do it! last cooking club thing was a Parisian dinner yum!

  • what a GREAT little cooking club and dinner party!! i feel like this glorious weather brings out all of the fun things haha. although it IS muggy especially in a car with no air conditioning and dead stop traffic on the belt parkway haha

    are you doneeeee???

  • Love the potluck dinner idea! What a great night. :)

  • Awww I’m totes jeal of your cooking club! I can’t remember when my last potluck was, but my roommates/friends and I usually have “Pizza Lab” on Friday night. I make some pizza doughs, everyone brings a couple ingredients, and we have fun making up new combos. It’s fun and affordable!

  • What a spread! Seth and I went to a potluck last weekend and we brought Orange Sesame Tofu and Creamy Cashew Dip (both from ED&BV) and garlicky broccoli.

  • I’ve been known to bring black bean brownies to parties…or the “token vegetarian dish!”

    I totally hear you on the puffy-hair weather. My Greek grandmother is laughing at me from beyond the grave.

  • i ate another one of those blondies last night, and i have decided that it is literally insane that they are made from chickpeas. they are SO good. the recipe seems easy, i think i could handle making a batch of my own!

    i seriously love every night that we all get together. enjoy your few days of freedom!

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