Last week’s motivation to get unpacked was a little friendsgiving we had (and our first dinner guests) before heading out to California. I sure do love cooking in our new kitchen and was pleasantly surprised with how most of the dishes turned out (plus we survived a dinner party without a working dishwasher). Other than the crescent rolls, which have been our favorite since I made them for a family thanksgiving a few years ago, everything we made was new. If it had been a higher profile dinner that might have been a bit stressful, but I loved the excuse to try out recipes and friends who took seconds on the ones that were less than awesome (ahem, the salmon).
- Honey Glazed Carrots (substituted a dash of balsamic vinegar for the red wine vinegar it called for).
- Lemon Parmesan Crusted Salmon
- Our very favorite crescent rolls (I substituted in one cup of whole wheat flour because I ran out of white)
- Garlic Parmesan Roasted Potatoes
- A fun dessert recipe coming to the blog Monday
The honey glazed carrots were awesome (and I really liked the touch of balsamic). We’ll definitely be making those again. I realized I prefer salmon with a sauce seasoning and not crusted in cheese but the disappointing part of this dish was more in the way we cooked the salmon than in the actual flavoring (lesson learned – I’ll go back to letting Ben cook fish the way he wants to). The potatoes were great, and the rolls are always the hit of any dinner.
CorningWare kindly sent over a few pieces from their new CW line for our dinner and I love the fun, vibrant colors! The contemporary design made them perfect for our less traditional friendsgiving but they’re also something I’ll use for regular day-to-day cooking (I only wish I had more open storage in the kitchen because I love the way the colors look when the pieces all nest together).
^the dishes are made from durable stoneware and are microwave + dishwasher safe — now we just need to get a working dishwasher so we can take advantage of that
^I was excited to pull out these fun crystal napkin rings we got for our wedding (they sat at my parents’ house for a few years and we just got them this spring so this was their big debut 😉
^caramel, gelato, brownie, chocolate ….more details on the dessert coming soon
^my favorite leftovers were these potatoes – I’m not sure why I don’t cook with red potatoes more often (side note: they were sooo much cheaper to buy at Walmart than at Kroger)
^One thing I’ve never had to do is think about kid friendly meals … this little guy was a trooper, trying a bit of everything at dinner 🙂
^and a quick shot of my plate (although after eating the best salmon of my life today in California, pictures of this fish make me cringe a bit 🙂