Posts Tagged ‘Cheesecake’

Panini BOOffet Halloween Party

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011
My roommate Amber Robinson and I both love fall and holidays and wanted to do a Halloween themed party…but we didn’t have time to do all of the work Test Nest style. I was looking through a booklet of Panini recipes and it hit me…lets do a Panini buffet…so the 1st Annual Panini BOOffet was born. Yep, it was that good and easy that it will become a yearly event. We had a great time, everyone brought an ingredient and we made Pumpkin Chili and Pumpkin Swirl Cheesecake to go alonRead More....

Apple, Squash, Caramel – Oh My

Thursday, October 20th, 2011
With fall in full swing I had to do a dinner full of favorites – apple, butternut, pear, turnips… It was a beautiful fall day and a perfect fall flavor profile dinner. My testers were Suzi Yebio, Daniel Evans, Steph Zundel, Andrea Metz, Amber Robinson, Russ Hill and Joon Shin (my favorite photographer). [simpleviewer gallery_id="51"]

Mulled Cider Sparkle (3 Stars)

I love mulled cider and I was thinking that it would make for a great chilled drink with a little seltzer sparkle. Read More....

Manchego, Manchego

Monday, June 27th, 2011
I went skydiving on Memorial Day and after wards we spent the evening in Philadelphia were we ate at Amada, a tapas restaurant. We had quite a few AMAZING dishes at this restaurant, in particular a few with Manchego. I’m not sure what was more exhilarating, jumping from a plane or the amazing food. I had already picked this menu but became more excited about it after the manchego tapas consumed in Philly. It’s probably the reason that I got a huge chunk of it at Costco, when I didn’t need Read More....

Celebrating 1 year with my VIP’s

Sunday, January 23rd, 2011
I had 14 amazing testers last year that attended more than 3 dinners, plus an amazing roommate who supported my experiment by allowing me to take over the apartment, fridge and much more. To show my thanks, I wanted to throw a little VIP party for my no. 1 supporters. I love making hors d-oeuvres, but rarely have the opportunity, so I decided to make the VIP night all about little bites, socializing and games. Trying to get 11 recipes ready and on serving platters on the buffet is a feat, so helRead More....

October 9 – Pumpkin, Squash, Apples

Thursday, October 21st, 2010
I LOVE FALL and as testers arrived and the pumpkins and pork were baking they all commented that the apartment smelled like fall, so I must be doing something right! My testers were Amneris Pascasu, Marcus Bowers, Daniel and Megan Parker who did some great publicity for me and brought friends John, Dani and April. It was great to meet new friends and welcome them into my home. Since it was a Saturday night we all sat back, relaxed and enjoyed the food and company. We talked and talked and covereRead More....

Bollywood Bash TEST NEST

Monday, September 27th, 2010
Indian food is fairly intricate to prepare, there are so many spices and flavors that go into it, but that is what makes it so darn yummy. I was a little overwhelmed by all the chopping for this TN - between the chutney, raita, rice, salad and the quince for the desserts I definitely spent quite a bit of time on all the prep. I’ve definitely got to get me an effective food processor soon. I like the combo blender/food processor unites that recently came out. I need to do some research on them Read More....

Rhubarb and Cheesecake

Sunday, June 27th, 2010
Now that we are getting into the summer, it sure does get hot in the apartment when I’m cooking for hours and preparing for TEST NEST dinners. I’m particularly trying to make menus cool and refreshing. The June 22 menu did a pretty good job of this. My wonderful testers (Jason Robertson, Angie Rose, Morgan Basset, Rosemary Demos, Barbara and Nick Anglisz, and Erin Sorenson) were great company and we all enjoyed a wonderful evening together. I forgot to take a picture of the group yet again, Read More....