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Kentucky Fried Potluck

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It was a warm Sunday evening, and I had a big mess o’ buddies coming over to celebrate nothing at all.  I wanted to test out some recipes for a” super top secret” project I’m working on, and spend some quality time with good smilin’ people.  I’ll start out with what I made, and move on down the line.  The only thing missing from this potluck was some Ale-8-One!

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A lovely mixed assortment of olives for the first people arriving.  Watch me wrastle with a deep fryer and delight in some salty hors d’oeuvres!

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Speaking of deep frying, feast your eyes on my Kentucky Fried Seitan.  I’ve been messing around with recipes for a couple weeks, and I found my winner.  I made a batch with from-scratch seitan, but I have to say that the kind I made from powdered wheat gluten was MUCH better.  I’ll put up a tutorial on Homemade Seitan 101: What Not To Do. I made this with tofu a few days ago too – it’ good!  Do it!  Fry it!

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Ah, coleslaw.  The friendly heart attack disguised in salad form.  But wait!  Veganaise to the rescue!  Have no fear of clogged arteries – vegan coleslaw keeps you safe and happy with its crunchy superpowers.

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The lovely Audrey made this awesome raw kale salad that went faster than anything else on the table!  The sweet cranberries and crunchy pine nuts went really well with kale, and the dressing was tangy and citrusy.  Perfect for an outdoor/indoor potluck extraveganza!

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Brie brought some garlicky roasted carrots!  This might be my new favorite way to do carrots.  There were whole roasted cloves of garlic snuggling around in there.  Enough said.

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Gabe brought green beans and turnips she found at the Farmer’s Market.  Mmmm.

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Let’s not even pretend this is a Red Velvet cake.  It’s supposed to be.  Looks more like a Carrot Cake, right?  This wasn’t an epic fail, but it was close to one.  I didn’t coat the pans before baking, probably didn’t use enough leavening agent, and needed more beet juice.  All things considered, it still tasted pretty good but it wasn’t my proudest moment!

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We ended the night with a rousing game of Smart Ass (you should own this) which my dad slayed.  Congrats JW.  There were also Mint Juleps floating around, collards from Lindsey, and cornbread from my friend Ayla (which you can see in the first picture on the red plate).  We listened to Bluegrass music and discussed the many and varied attributes of Dolly Parton.  It was a great little funfriendjollyjoy night.

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Blurry photo of how it went down.

Summer Summer Summertime

“Yeah I got on sneaks but I need a new pair
Cause basketball courts in the summer got girls there
The temperatures about 88
Hop in the water plug just for old times sake
Break to ya crib change your clothes once more
Cause youre invited to a barbeque thats starting at 4”

Our barbeque started at 2, but who’s to argue with the Fresh Prince?  We headed to the Hollywood Farmer’s market early Sunday morning to get the supplies necessary to create this dish:

Haricots Verts with Figs and Walnuts

This is a really simple recipe that is inspired by a dish that the boy and I shared at a Silverlake restaurant.  All you do is blanche about a pound of green beans, quarter 10 or so figs, throw in two handfuls of walnuts, and sprinkle with lemon juice and salt to taste.  It’s such a light, refreshing salad but the figs and walnuts make it feel, as one diner put it, “decadent.”    Oooooh.

The other dish I contributed to the barbecue was a menacing counter balance to the healthy glow we all felt after the salad.  Introducing:

Emma’s Oatmeal Chocolate Cherry Cookies

courtesy of the lovely and talented Kittee!

These cookies are out of control.  They were so amazing – I couldn’t stop scooping out the batter and eating it before I could even get them in the oven.  The recipe still yeilded 4 dozen cookies, plus 2 gigantor cookies I have saved in the fridge for my parents when they come into town this weekend.  The texture is perfect – chewy and a little crispy on the edges.  None of that fluff or cakiness I find so abundantly present in a lot of cookie recipes.  At one point during the barbecue, there was a chorus of toddlers chanting “COOKIE COOKIE COOKIE.”  It was a beautiful sight.  Oh, and that four dozen? GONE.  I took home an empty tupperware container at the end of the day.

Nothing like playing with a four year old in a pool for a few hours to work up an appetite.  The lovely Princess Addie, seen here about to chomp down on my foot, is the product of another blogger, Amy Lou and papa Finn.  They were visiting from out of town, and we had an excellent time playing and splashing and Abba-ing.  On one last note, this is why the summer is so great: