February 24, 2010

Party treats

To celebrate getting another year older, I had a few friends over and tried out some new recipes.

Seven Layer Salad:

seven layer salad

From epicurious. I had never made or even had this American “classic” (according to SB). The presentation, for a salad, was classy and it tasted even better. I used all my favorite salad items plus the peas and cheddar cheese. The salad dressing was the real knock-out success. Next time I need a naughty, delicious dressing I will make this.

Roasted Almonds with Rosemary:


From epicurious. These nuts were amazing. They had the perfect crispy coating and were so easy. I would never have thought of using egg whites as the binding agent but it worked like a charm. I will be making these again.

Medjool Dates with Cheese:

dates with cheese

No recipe for this one. Just find good dates. I like the bulk ones from Whole Foods and good cheese, like Hook’s five year cheddar or a local chevre. Slice the dates in half lengthwise and fill with cheese. This also makes a great snack.


  1. I am happy that you are blogging regularly again! I too have never had or made seven layer salad – but yours looks much more appetizing than the salads I have always wrinkled my nose at when filling my plate at family gatherings. The sofa looks great and I am inspired to write a best of 2009 list myself.

    Comment by Maureen — February 25, 2010 @ 2:44 am

  2. I’m sorry to have missed your party (and the snacks – esp the 7-layer salad… which I have had since my mom grew up in the 60’s when this was ever so popular. I’m glad to see it’s making a comeback!)

    Comment by rosemarie — February 25, 2010 @ 12:22 pm

  3. the 7-layer salad looks pretty and delicious… would you recommend it for a potluck? trying to come up with a good dish to bring to J’s work party on Friday.

    Comment by arielle — February 28, 2010 @ 3:24 pm

  4. Thank you for all the comments. Yes, I think the 7-layer salad would work well at a potluck. It is tasty and naughty but not too naughty and it is easy to identify what it is. Be sure to give yourself enough time to roast the garlic.

    Comment by Avocados — March 2, 2010 @ 10:14 am

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