Apartment-Warming

Cooking

Have you ever had the wrong time for your own party? I did that yesterday and was frantically running around to get everything ready an hour earlier than I had thought – so silly of me! Anyway, I apologize that my picture quality suffered as a result.

We had all of our Dallas buddies over for a party last night! I tried a few new recipes in addition to my usual pig-in-a-blankets, cheese platter, and salsa trio.

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I can’t remember if i was inspired by a specific recipe or not, but I ended up with the avocado chicken salad and sweet potato combo above. I have a friend who can’t have dairy, so I made my usual greek yogurt chicken salad with avocado instead, and it was fabulous! I’ll have to make the sweet potato disks a little crispier next time, but I loved this overall.

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This endive app was inspired by Kath’s jam post. The blue cheese and jalapeno went perfectly with a cranberry jalapeno compote I had in the pantry – I think I received it as a gift and it was great!

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I’ve seen a bunch of recipes for zucchini fritters this summer, so I tried one using almond meal instead of flour. I thought they were just ok, but I’m certain they would have been much better if I had not thrown them together in 10 seconds and either burned or undercooked most of them. Whoops.

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Dessert was fruit pizza and homemade chocolate bark.

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It was one of those crazy nights that ended with a friend chugging the rest of the punch straight from the bowl, a late-night trip to the Ritz, and Matt and I finishing off the fruit pizza and doing tons of dishes at 2:30:)

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And another party was going on over on the east coast for my nephew’s first birthday. A belated happy birthday to Mazen!

  • Susan
    September 9, 2013 at 7:14 am

    The food looks fabulous!

    • Allyson
      September 9, 2013 at 8:21 pm

      And enough of it! No freezer burnt scuffins served in mason jars for your guests! Lol

      • Laura
        September 10, 2013 at 12:01 am

        I love scuffins and if you know how to wrap them correctly then they don’t get freezer burned. Please take your subtle anti-KERF comments elsewhere!

        • Tonya
          September 10, 2013 at 11:27 am

          Oh, Laura, you and your sister are so full of tact and grace. Maybe switch to moderating comments? I mean it sucks for those of us who know how to behave but ya know…this is an example of why we can’t have nice things.

          • Allyson
            September 10, 2013 at 12:29 pm

            I actually like this blog; Laura has good photos, does not take herself too seriously and has a good attitude about food. Her sister is the opposite in everyway, not full of tact at all. But i should not take it out on this blog, sorry laura.

  • Miranda
    September 10, 2013 at 2:55 am

    I can’t believe you made that just to have friends over!! It is very unlikely that I’d ever go to that much effort.

    PS: I have noticed a few mean commenters here lately, I just can’t understand it. I’m sorry that you’re getting hassled. I will never understand why people bother to read (and comment) on blogs that they don’t enjoy!!!

  • Madison
    September 10, 2013 at 7:43 am

    This looks like such an amazing spread! I love the combination of flavors. There is something for everyone here! What kind of punch did you serve?

  • Celeste
    September 10, 2013 at 8:25 am

    Love the idea of the sweet potato! Did you brush the m with an oil? How long did you bake them for?

    • Laura
      September 10, 2013 at 11:29 am

      I used a zip lock to coat them with oil and seasonings – Matt actually cooked them, but I think it was somewhere between 30 and 40 minutes at 350.

  • Alexa
    September 10, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    Would you mind doing a post with your fruit pizza recipe??

  • eliza
    September 12, 2013 at 10:02 am

    yum!

  • Hope
    September 13, 2013 at 10:57 am

    The food looks delicious!

  • ella fante
    September 15, 2013 at 7:12 am

    Did you wash your greens? They look a tad sullied.

    • Laura
      September 16, 2013 at 8:51 pm

      Sure did.