November 30, 2011
A dinner at home (in NYC, that is)

Wednesday night before Thanksgiving, my friends from high school and I decided that we would get together for dinner. As has become our preferred hang-out-when-not-at-school method, we gathered at someone’s house (usually either mine or Sofia’s…this time mine) to cook dinner, drink wine, and reminisce about “that time in 9th grade when…”

The menu we had planned out included salmon, roast root vegetables, salad, and some sort of fun something to start and end the meal.

Becky and I met at Whole Foods (sadly, no Co-Op at home) and got what we needed, along with a bottle of Chenin Blanc and a bottle of beaujolais nouveau. We then went home and set to work.

Appetizers was easy: we picked up two frozen flatbread-style (no, not American Flatbread) pizzas, which we stuck in the oven for all of 10 minutes. They were ok - not the best I’ve ever had, but they did the trick while we were chopping and slicing and dicing. Now on to the real stuff:

Our vegetables all came from Bahner Farm, a small organic farm up in Mained that is owned by the daughter of my dad’s friends. The family stayed with us the week before, and we had a basket full of veggies that were dying to be roasted! I used some of their onions; an as-yet-unidentified-root-vegetable, I think it was a turnip, but it was kind of peppery like a radish; half of a butternut squash; and some old carrots that my dad likes to keep in the fridge. Cut all of that up, tossed it with a little olive oil/salt/pepper, and threw it in the oven at 400 for about 35 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Nora was in charge of the salad, it was delicious! Greens, cranberries, orange, quinoa (homegrown by her mom!), and avocado. I plan on making it again myself one day soon. I had also forgotten how much I love my parent’s salad bowl - it’s the perfect size and shape, and also just feels homey.

For the salmon, I really didn’t do much of anything to it. I put some olive oil/salt/pepper on it, and then stuck it in the oven, skin side down (up would have been a good choice to get some crispiness going) for about 10 minutes at 400. For my taste, it was overcooked; but everyone else liked it, so I’m not complaining too much.

For dessert, we got a cinnamon babka, which we heated up and then ate with vanilla ice cream. It was the perfect end to our meal.

Overall, a lovely dinner at home, sitting around my bright red table with old friends. :D

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