My take on Luxury…

by agirlandhermutt on October 4, 2010

“Thanks for participating in Project Food Blog 2010! We regret to announce that your entry did not advance to the next round. We appreciate the tremendous amount of effort and creativity you put into your post.”

This sad little email was met with some bittersweet feelings. On one hand, I was had a twinge of sorrow that my journey through Project Food Blog (PFB) was cut short so soon. Had I let my supporters down? Would those of you who voted for me feel like you wasted a vote? Then I took a step back and let out a sigh of relief. PHEW. PFB has a really tight timeline. One that myself, as a full time worker, school goer, and life liver was having a hard time coming to terms with. I also realized that all my little love bugs on this blog will support me no matter what. Right?! RIGHT!

SOOO despite not having an official PFB 2010 Challenge #3 entry, I decided to throw a “luxury dinner” for The Scientist and I. It was a little late at night. I don’t have a dining room table. Or a dining room. I didn’t have days (or even hours) to prepare for the meal. What I did have was the luxury of super fresh and local ingredients, some yummy recipes, and some great company.

Appetizer: Eggplant Caviar– A lovely mixture of roasted eggplant, garlic, onions, and spices. A perfect way to enjoy something that tastes luxurious, but is easy and price friendly to make.

[Eggplant Caviar Recipe]

Salad: Caprese Salad– Fresh from the vine tomatoes (yep, my vines!), locally made mozzarella slices, and from the garden basil. Easy to prep, great presentation, and always a crowd pleaser.

[Caprese Salad Recipe]

Entree: Oven baked fish with roasted brussels sprouts and crash hot potatoes– This fish is baked in a single serving foil packet along with the veggies and a bit of white wine. Paired with roasted brussels sprouts and the Pioneer Woman’s famous red potato recipe, the entree is completely satisfying.

[Oven Baked Fish Recipe] [Roasted Brussels Sprouts Recipe] [Pioneer Woman’s Potatoes Recipe]

Dessert: Oreo Truffles- Decadent, fudgey, and delicious. These truffles will have your guests begging for more!

[Oreo Truffles Recipe]

My luxurious dinner wouldn’t be complete without a fancy schmancy place setting. Unfortunately, time and space were not on my side. However, I did the best with what I could.

I put out my best tablecloth and cloth napkins. Set a centerpiece of fresh flowers. “Lit” a few candles. Voila! Lets be honest though…it doesn’t take much to impress The Scientist. 😉

I’m happy to report that yes, we did shimmy those little tables right up to our regular spots on the couch. However, we ate without the tv on. We chatted. We drank wine. We enjoyed our food. Time, which usually isn’t a luxury for me, was all we had. 🙂

So while I may not be the hostest with mostest (I gladly leave that title with Tea Party Karen and all my other friends who graciously let me invade their space on a frequent basis!), I am happy to open my home to the ones I love. Fingers crossed they don’t get food poisoning while they are here. 😉


I hope you get a chance to visit all the other really awesome entries in the PFB Luxury Dinner Party Challenge. There are so really creative peeps out in the blogging world and I continue to be amazed at the hard core party skills they all have.

PS. How classy is it that you can see my FSU blanket in the background in one shot? Talk about luxury party planner! 😉


Extra, Extra, Read All About It!

by agirlandhermutt on October 1, 2010

First things first…

I didn’t make it to Round 3 of Project Food Blog. *Insert dramatic sad face* No tears needed though. Before I even started this adventure I told myself that my one goal was to get through Round 1. I honestly didn’t think I would make it that far. Seriously 1,885 contestants and only 400 advanced? Pssh. No way. BUT! I did make it through. And I made cheese. Hell…who makes their own cheese?! I also discovered some amazing bloggers and learned so much. I’m blown away by the creativity in the kitchen, photography skills, and writing abilities that these folks have.

Anyway, I just wanted to thank ALL OF YOU for being so supportive of my posts and voting. It really means a lot to see all of you cheering for me! High Five to Me AND YOU!

Ready to get on with things? Today is a good day for a Friday Five! It is rainy in Boston and I am dying for a mood lifter.

1.  I’m obsessed with all of the new Vera Bradley colors. Seriously.In.Love.

I have a really obscene obsession with Vera. One that I kind of don’t want to admit because I’m afraid that my loved ones (*coughMOM&DADcough*) won’t help me indulge. In addition to bags, I love all accessories. This is just a sample of the goodies I have in my house.

No one can accuse me of being afraid of color or patterns, could they?! Even my couch looks like it popped out of the Vera catalog. I’m a nut case.

2. My dog. Korky is an old dog. Fortunately, just like his mother, he gets cuter with age. 😉

Ahem. He also has a little less shame than he used to. This is not something that he gets from his mother. I promise.

He also thinks he is the King of the Castle. He may be right.

3. I’m digging Ok Go more and more. Their videos can keep me entertained for hours! The Scientist and I saw them perform at the Life Is Good Festival and they are a blast! You can see all the fun we had here. This video reminds me of the game MouseTrap. Will someone please play a board game with me?!

4. Truffles. I made truffles. Yes, I will give away the recipe. All in good time my friends. All in good time. 😉

5.  My AGAHM tshirts. I think I forgot to show these a while ago so I wanted to share them now. My parents had these made for me! I went into my closet when I was home visiting my parents and found them just hanging there. I am SO lucky to have so much support from them when it comes to my interests. 🙂 This girl…lucky!

Last, but certainly not least…the winner of my spicy giveaway this week. Beth is the hottie winner! Beth, email me your contact info. 🙂

Ahh…I feel better after such a positive post. This weekend is promising to be full of school work (almost done with my class!), a food festival, and hopefully some fun at the gym.

Question of the day: Have you won anything major? Like the lottery? A contest? A trip? I once won an Atari as a kid. I was so psyched until I realized that Atari wasn’t nearly as cool as Nintendo. 😉


Paneer, Pan there, Pan Everywhere!

by agirlandhermutt on September 27, 2010

Today is officially the first day of voting for Round 2 for Foodbuzz’s  Next Food Blog Star! If you feel inclined to vote after reading my post here, I would appreciate it. Just click right below. 🙂

Check out some yumminess that came from some leftover paneer. WOOT!

Have a great Monday kids!