|Nancy and Cindy enjoying the bountiful offerings of delicious food|
|Donna and Jim's contribution - how can you go wrong with prosciutto?|
|Braised artichokes. Meltingly tender and tasty.|
- Thai eggplant in a spicy green curry. Didn't make the curry paste - canned green curry paste is good stuff and it packs quite a punch! No coconut milk in the house (shame on me!) but heavy cream works nearly as well.
- A very simple broccoli and lemon soup made with chicken stock.
- The most challenging ingredient, fresh artichokes were braised with the fennel fronds and some lemon, white wine, garlic, onions, and olive oil. I used the pressure cooker to speed up the cooking some.
- Another challenging ingredient was maple syrup. With mostly vegetables, I had a hard time figuring this one out. But, one more guest showed up with plain mild chevre and I knew there was something to work with. I spread the goat cheese on amaretti cookies, sprinkled on some toasted walnuts and drizzled with a little maple syrup. Really simple and a great way to end a meal packed with real food.
|Amaretti cookies with chevre, walnuts, and real maple syrup from the Lehman sugarbush in W. NY State|