Monday, February 16, 2009

Friends and food

Who remembers this kid?

Back in October, we traveled to Vermont to visit him and his Mama and Daddy. Yesterday, it was our turn to host.

The house was clean for the first time since Christmas. The late-afternoon February sun slanted in through the windows, and the (just washed) lacy curtains. I had a good excuse to cook up a big feast, and so that's where I was: in the kitchen, surrounded by steaming pots, watching Monroe chase Pete around, enjoying our guests.

The menu:

Chips and homemade salsa (the non-insane variety)
Curried Coconut Green Beans
Vanilla Mashed Sweet Potatoes
Harvest Stuffed Squash
Apple Brown Betty with Rum-Fruit Compote and Vanilla ice cream

All recipes, except for the salsa and the sweet potatoes, were from my oft-praised kitchen bible, Moosewood Celebrates. I'm getting to the point where I've made just about everything in it: from the Chocolate Pudding Cake to the Mexican lime cumin slaw to the Potato Pancakes can be found in that cookbook. It's the first place I turn when folks are coming for dinner and there's a menu to conjure.

Thanks to Jeff and Sarah for spending the day with us, and to Monroe for rocking those red overalls. We had a great time.


Kami said...

Oh that little boy! He is a-do-ra-ble! I wish we could have come over with our little love and jammed for a while :( I was busy making a feast of my own for Gina's birthday. We need to see both you guys and JSM much more often!!

ChristyACB said...

OMG, that looks sooo good! Curried coconut green beans sound especially interesting to me right now. Could it be pre-spring green veggie cravings?

Kristina said...

Kami-- we wish you could've been there, too! We'll have to plan something soon.

Christy-- I know exactly what you mean about pre-spring veggie cravings. I can't wait to eat that first asparagus, and those first little lettuce leaves.

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