Monday, October 3, 2011

September Bake-Date

Galina & Amy 
Last week I went to a friend's house with two friends who LOVE to cook! Amy, a friend from high school, has her own cooking blog called Check it out! Galina, a new friend who is a fellow fellow at the Met, was e-mailing with me about a gorgeous-sounding red wine chocolate cake... and we decided to make an evening (and a full meal) of it! Amy's kitchen has plenty of space for three, and we had a great time chatting while we constructed a delicious dinner. Hope to do it again soon, ladies!

We selected three different dishes - two from a favorite blog in the city, and another recipe from Bon Appetit.

For a salad, we constructed Smitten Kitchen's Salad with arugula, fennel, prosciutto, and pomegranate. To die for! To top it off, Amy had purchased nice fresh cut prosciutto from the butcher counter at the grocery store, and it was delicious. The salt from the ham and the sweet from the pomegranate was a perfect combination!
pomegranate arugula salad

For dinner, we made Mac and Cheese with Caramelized Shallots, using a Bon Appetit recipe that you can find here:

caramelizing shallots
our hearty, rich plates!
finished product: gourmet mac'n'cheese
This dish was easy and fun. The caramelized shallots give a sweetness which tastes delicious with the cheddar cheese of the macaroni. And the cheese sauce is super easy, pretty quick and delicious - far superior to anything you can make from powder in a box. Just keep a box of tissues nearby, as cutting the shallots can bring tears to your eye!
me, goat cheese,
mac n' cheese

And the raison d'etre for the evening: Red Wine Chocolate Cake. Why not combine two favorite things?This cake was unbelievably easy,  and, like the rest of the (admittedly rich) meal, heavenly!

Amy and L.C. working on the cake
Galina & the Kitchen Aid

red wine for cake? yes, please!
and don't forget about the dessert!

L.C. was very impressed with our efforts!

1 comment:

  1. So cute! Thanks for documenting everything!! Hopefully I'll get to posting one of the recipes in detail on my blog soon. Can't wait for dinner party #2!