Saturday, June 7, 2008

Dinner Parties

Our friends Alli and Tyler invited us over for a small dinner party tonight. I love dinner parties and would host them all the time (if I had a table that sat more than one- dinner parties on the floor don't sound quite as classy).

Hopefully, we'll buy a table for the new apartment, but until then, I just whip up my specialties and share them elsewhere.

(You should invite us for dinner, I'm more than happy to cook) =]

This is what we're bringing:

Peach Mojitos



Ingredients
3 cups coarsely chopped peeled ripe peaches (about 1 pound or 3 peaches)
1 teaspoon grated lime rind
1 cup fresh lime juice (about 4 large limes)
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup packed mint leaves
2 cups white rum
4 cups club soda, chilled
Crushed ice
Mint sprigs (optional)

Preparation
1. Place peaches in a blender or food processor; process until smooth.
2. Combine rind, lime juice, sugar, and mint in a large pitcher; crush juice mixture with the back of a long spoon. Add peach puree and rum to pitcher, stirring until sugar dissolves. Stir in club soda. Serve over crushed ice. Garnish with mint sprigs, if desired.

Strawberry Brownie Torte



Ingredients:
1 package fudge brownie mix
1 (14-ounce) can Sweetened Condensed Milk (NOT evaporated milk)
1/2 cup cold water
1 (4-serving size) package instant vanilla flavor pudding mix
1 (4-ounce) container frozen non-dairy whipped topping, thawed (1 3/4 cups)
1 quart fresh strawberries, cleaned, hulled and halved (about 1 1/2 pounds)
Chocolate syrup (optional)

Preparation:
1. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Grease two 9-inch round layer cake pans. Line with wax paper, extending up sides of pans; grease wax paper.
2. Prepare brownie mix as package directs for cake-like brownies; pour into prepared pans.
3. Bake 20 minutes or until top springs back when touched. Cool.
4. In large bowl, mix condensed milk and water; beat in pudding mix. Chill 5 minutes. Fold in whipped topping.
5. Place one brownie layer on serving plate. Top with half each of the pudding mixture and strawberries. Repeat layers. Drizzle with chocolate syrup (optional).
6. Store leftovers covered in refrigerator.

Both recipes are super easy and super delicious. I can't wait to eat tonight.

4 comments:

A.D. said...

Yum...would you consider coming to KY to make me dinner :)? We have a pretty awesome patio and we would of course supply the liquor! Or, maybe you (and boyfriend, I guess) came move in with us and be our personal chef. You can bring the kitties and then we'll have 6 here...we really would be crazy cat ladies! Eric does the dishes so all you would have to do is cook all our meals and clean the occasional litter box (we don't have those fancy schmancy automatic ones like you do)! Boyfriend would still have to work though...we can't be supporting both of you and the kitties! Let me know what you think...I think it's a pretty sweet offer!

Ashley said...

Sounds like a pretty sweet deal! Of course i'd bring my fancy cat litter box. It seriously amazing. Although.. we may have to pick up another to accomodate our six cats. =]

Let me talk it over with BF. The great patio sold me.

Lori said...

Um.. you can come over anytime for a dinner party. I love dinner parties, too. But, most of our friends are P's single guy friends.. they don't do dinner parties so well. Especially when I throw in something like, "wear your most festive fiesta wear!" They show up wearing bad fiesta clothes. And, they don't like the margaritas. So.. what I'm saying is, let's plan one! We'll have it at our place and you can bring some dishes to pass and I'll cook some stuff and we can lounge on the FABULOUS patio furniture. Seriously, it's awesome. Padded swivel chairs, faux marble top. Yeah, it rocks.

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