Sunday Dinner: Six Friends & A Baby

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Weekends lately have just been wonderful. We’ve done a great job of making the most of them – and this past weekend was no exception. Saturday night following our crazy long walk, we hung out at the Ankle abode for a few hours. A nice evening with friends… many of whom we hadn’t seen in some time, so that was really nice. Thanks, Ankle for a great party! 

Sunday we invited a few people over for dinner. Over the past few months it seems when we have dinners/meals – we end up with 10+ people, so we decided to intentionally keep this a pretty small group. We ended up with 6 1/2 people total (6 plus baby!) – a nice manageable group size. And if I do say so myself, the menu worked out beautifully. We had:

  • Romaine, Red Pepper, and Fennel Salad – entirely inspired by the fact that we got fennel in our weekly veggie delivery and were not really sure what else to do with fennel besides throw it in a salad. It was a nice simple salad, and the fennel was definitely a nice touch.
  • Garlic bread – as in, bread with garlic baked into it, not bread toasted with garlic on top. Mmmmm.
  • Potato, Garlic, & Smoked Mozzarella Strudel – the same we made at our Sunday Roast – and it was as big of a hit this time around. So darn tasty!
I need to figure out how to seal up the puff pastry better... both times I've made this I end up with leaking cheese. Which, of course, is a delicious tragedy.

I need to figure out how to seal up the puff pastry better... both times I've made this I end up with leaking cheese. Which, of course, is a delicious tragedy.

  • Pasta Primavera. With homemade pasta, of course! One new thing I did learn this time around – 2lbs of pasta dough doesn’t work so well in the food processor. We started that way, but it just wasn’t forming a ball – so eventually I moved it into our Kitchenaid stand mixer with the dough hook – and it came out better than ever (though a bit dry – but that was my fault, not the mixer’s).
  • Carrots glazed with balsamic and butter – a simple side dish that I’ll definitely make again. We made a half batch of the linked recipe, which was more than enough for 6 of us.
  • For dessert, we made coconut pudding and served it with fruit. I’d do this again I think – it tasted good, but the consistency was a bit off. Too lumpy. Any tips on pudding making would be appreciated! 

If anyone wants a recipe not listed, let me know.

And while the food was good, the highlight of the night came from our 1/2 guest…

It was a great night with friends. Thanks to the Neumans, Matt, and Melissa for helping us end our weekend on a high note!

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4 Responses to “Sunday Dinner: Six Friends & A Baby”

  1. Sunday Dinner: Six Friends & A Baby Says:

    […] Original post by Cari Miller […]

  2. Matt Says:

    Perhaps the puff pastry shouldn’t be perfectly sealed. No matter what, the heat is going to need to expand. When I used to work with puff pastry, we used to make little vents. Basically, take a piece of parchment paper and roll it into a wide straw shape, then poke it through the pastry. The puff pastry will still rise and expand, but the hole will stay open, allowing hot air to escape without blowing open the sides.

  3. Carina Says:

    Oh my god. That video makes me laugh every time. Thanks for entertaining my baby!

  4. Cari Miller Says:

    Good tip, Matt – thanks. I’ll try to leave some venting space next time. That definitely makes sense.

    And Carina – me too! I watched it at least five times yesterday. Who knew… Matt + Adam + Baby = Hours of entertainment

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