Friday, May 15, 2009

Contest and One Great Evening

Okay guys it is 10 days until the deadline for the contest and it is time to announce the prize. I will be sending you a selection of my two favorites things from Bende. This includes Tarhonya Egg Noodles (this are dense little noodles similar to spaetzle, but packed with fiber surprisingly?), and smoked boneless pork loin (this is great for cooking with to add flavor as it is super smoky or for slicing super thin and serving with cheese). If anyone that enters is a vegetarian, let me know and I can come up with an alternative for you. So remember to get entry in to me in the next 10 days. For more details

***UPDATE** I forgot about the secondary contest, as to the evening someone would most like to be a part of. Whoever wins that will receive a collection of recipe cards from me, containing my favorite recipes (some not on the blog).

So in keeping with the theme of the contest Joel and I decided to do little entertaining ourselves. There is a couple whom we really enjoy spending time with. Sadly, to this point, we had not had them to our house for drinks/food. I decided it was time to put and end to that and invited them on over. As is a bit typical of me, I went a bit overboard with the food. I will see something and think, “Oh that will be perfect.” or “I think they would really enjoy that.” Before I know I have enough to feed army.

So here was the spread…..

We had St. Andre and this wonderful truffle pate that I got at Trader Joes (God I love that place). Got to love the pipe coming up from the coutner. Ahh the joy of near 100 year old houses!!

These are dates stuffed with goat cheese and wrapped in bacon. I should have used a toothpick to secure the bacon (this was thicker bacon that I useally use so didn’t stay in place as well.) We also had some kielbasa from Fresh Market that I coated in honey and stone ground mustered and broiled. Just an aside the kielbasa was okay but looked and tasted like knockwurst to me?

We enjoyed a plate of Humbolt Fog (a personal favorite) and aged gruyere, with a rosemary ham (also from Trader Joes.)

We had wine and vodka gimlets and a wonderful time. After seeing them off we were shocked to see it was 12:30!! It had been such a perfect evening I thought it was more like 10:00 when we came in and could not believe my eyes to see I lost 2.5 hours. But… what a great way to loose them!!!


girlichef said...

How fun! Your spread looks tantalizing...and great giveaway prizes! YUM.

Anonymous said...

Wonderful feast! Loving all the cheeses!

Chef E said...

Oh you are so right about the time quickly gone! This is a great way to pass time with good food, drinks and conversation!

I love the goblets, and all the dishes!

Chef E said...

Oh PS... I will be turning mine in to you next Monday, as my company is coming tomorrow! I also was going to do dates with goat cheese, meats and cheeses, great minds!

Donna-FFW said...

and my invite was where?

Reeni♥ said...

What a lovely spread of food!!! Sounds like a good time!

Chris said...

Looks like a fun night!

Wait....if I win I don't get to smoke the pork loin myself? Where's the fun in that???? ;)

Kristen said...

My post is up!
We had a great evening tonight with a good friend. I look forward to reading other's stories - this was such a good idea. Let me know if you need an email (and where to send it to) instead of this link.
Cheers, Kristen :o)

pjpink said...

We had a lovely time! I really liked the dates!!! (and the company!).