Alex and I had our second housewarming last weekend. We moved upstairs in the building to a much bigger space and he had been hard at work painting, fixing and cleaning. So we had a few friends over - the usual suspects plus a couple of newcomers Megan and Cassie. I got pretty busy and didn't get to take photos of the main courses but here are some of the appetizers I assembled:
Rick's Picks wrapped in finnochina. Deliciously spicy and salty. I also marinated some mushrooms ahead of time.
Just quarter some white mushrooms and mix in a marinade of olive oil, lemon juice, a capful of red wine vinegar and chopped parsley. I also added a bit of thyme, which goes wonderfully with mushrooms. Salt and pepper before you serve them and then you're good to go. These can be made up to 4 hours ahead of time and then kept in the fridge.
I also had cured lamb and smoked ham from Ridgewood, Queens as well as Appenzaler and Midnight Moon cheeses. Two of my current favorites.
I made a sweet potato salad using Mark Bittman's recipe, which included black beans and red peppers, as well as a jalapeno sauce. The recipe called for fresh cilantro to be mixed in but I pureed them into the sauce instead. Colorful and delicious.
I also made Nigella Lawson's maple chicken n' ribs, which were very good but I wish I had basted them with the sauce as they were roasting. Her recipe forgot to include this little detail.
Everything was a success and we had no leftovers, save for some rich and sinful red velvet cake from Chikalicious, care of Laurea & David:
My next project is to attempt to make porchetta. I'm waiting on a response from Tom the Butcher on procuring the correct cuts of meat so stay tuned!