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Tis the Season

It was a weekend of parties! We had some people over on Friday night for a little housewarming party, and I think it’s safe to say our apartment is pretty hot right now. (I live with a perennial pun-er, it rubs off!) It was so nice to gather our friends together for an evening.

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I made a few things for the party: baked artichoke squares (my second time making them; the recipe is really easy, and it seems to be a crowd pleaser), tahini-dressed chickpeas in cabbage wraps, parmesan and herb cheese strawsIMG_6141.jpg

flourless coconut chocolate drops

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… and chocolate chunk blondies. (This recipe, by the way, is deadly. Imagine the gooiest, cakiest chocolate chip cookie- or a cookie cake- and amp that up 1000. Oh my.)

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Frantically trying to cool the cookies before our guests arrived… totally normal.

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On Sunday afternoon, we headed over to my parents’ place for their annual holiday brunch. You can read about brunches past:

2011

2010

2009

2008

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The tree was up, and the decorations were out. It was so festive!

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Per tradition, the cocktail of the night was a Manhattan.

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Niki is in culinary school, and showed off all her knives!

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Charley played it cool, but he was really interested in the manchego everyone was eating.

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The famous caviar-topped potato cakes were passed… they’re warm little puffs, topped with crème fraîche and different flavors of fish roe. To die for.

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Meanwhile, dinner was almost ready!

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We started with my dad’s home-cured gravlax, with a blood orange and fennel salad.

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The main course was short ribs (which cooked for 7 hours!) but I had plenty of sides to fill up on: roasted vegetables, broccoli rabe, tahini-dressed chickpeas, and kale salad (from this cookbook).

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Happy people, happy bellies!

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We also had an amazing spread of desserts: chocolate pot de crème, eggnog cake, flourless coconut drop cookies, and a lemon and raspberry tart.

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It was a weekend filled (to the brim!) with good food and better company. ‘Tis the season!

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