Since moving to Evanston, my friend Kelli and I have been taking turns hosting themed cooking parties. Kelli is a vegetarian so I love being able to test out different vegetarian recipes that I normally wouldn’t be able to do with Patrick.
Here is Kelli in action last week making black bean soup:
She just got a new mobile kitchen that we tested out for the first time on Sunday.
The other nice thing about cooking in her kitchen is that we always have moral support from her frog, Polly (sp?).
We also had these newly acquired daffodils to brighten up our cooking experience. One of the flowers was broken when Kelli purchased it, but it’s nothing a little Scotch tape can’t fix 🙂
Last Sunday marked the 6th time we’ve cooked together (I think) and for some reason I’m just now getting around to blogging about them!
Just recently, we started designing our meals around themes. Last Sunday was South of the Border, and before that it was Sunday Brunch. Here are the recipes from our last two cooking adventures. I’ve included links for all the recipes, which we found over Pinterest. We ended up eliminating the cilantro and substituted vegetable stock for chicken stock. I encourage you to experiment with your own preferences.
South of the Border
Tofu Tostadas – a great way to experiment with tofu!
Here I am holding up a tostada, just because.
Black Bean Soup – delicious and healthy! We reserved about 1/4 cup of the black beans for texture and added it later to the pureed soup.
Mexican Rice – your classic recipe. The secret is to blend Rotel tomatoes and onions together before cooking the rice so you get flavor in every bite.
Tomato, Kale, & Feta Baked Eggs – I can’t stress enough how delicious this dish is… and easy!
Waffle of Insane Greatness – I think the name is a bit of an exaggeration but the waffles were still good. I’m still searching for the perfect waffle recipe, so if you have one, please send away!
Power Protein Smoothie – extremely healthy and delicious! The secret is the silken tofu (I know, I was totally skeptical, too, but you have to try it) and the flax seeds give it a nice texture as well.
Morning Star Veggie Sausages – a great way to round out the meal and add some more protein
Fruit Salad – we basically just started grabbing what looked like the freshest fruit in the store and threw it together to create this colorful spectrum.
You’ll have to let me know if you end up trying any of these recipes. So far we haven’t made anything we haven’t liked! (Knock on wood).
Kelli and I currently have a Pinterest party with our friends Jenn & Lauren in the works and another Comfort Food themed get-together, so stay tuned for more recipes!