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Pinterest Dinner Party

Dear Diary,

I pin a lot of recipes from Pinterest. Actually making the recipes is a whole other story. This past Sunday a few of my friends and I were planning one of our usual gatherings¬†that includes good food, good conservation, good cocktails, and our children entertaining each other. I have longed to have a “Pinterest Party” which entails preparing several favorite “pinned” recipes. Once I threw the idea out there, my friends were totally game and allowed me to pick an appetizer, main dish, side dish, and dessert.

First up was the appetizers. I am slightly obsessed with goat cheese, especially when it’s in the form of an appetizer or on a salad. I have eyed the Sundried Tomato Polenta Bites from Recipe Girl for quite some time. My friend Melissa stuck to the recipe except she used prepared polenta (comes in a tube) from Trader Joe’s. These cute little bites are the a perfect marriage of savory flavors and were an instant hit with all of us.

The main dish was Avocado Caprese BAKED Chicken which I prepared. To cook the chicken I used Gimme Some Oven’s Perfect Baked Chicken recipe. This recipe kept the chicken breasts moist and tender without having to watch it too closely. After the chicken was ready, I followed the Avocado Caprese Skillet Chicken recipe from Cooking Classy. The result was gorgeous layers of avocado, fresh mozzarella slices, and tomato sprinkled with fresh chopped basil and Balsamic Glaze from Trader Joe’s. Magnifigue!

Andrea took on the Summer Vegetable Tian despite the somewhat labor intensive slicing of vegetables. The store was out of yellow summer squash, so she replaced them with sliced carrots. Having never tried it with the yellow squash, I can easily say I would stick with the carrots. The slightly caramelized onions on the bottom and cheese on top of beautifully layered veggies made this recipe a keeper. When I make it in the future, I will definitely use my mandolin to slice all those veggies!

Most recipes I have tried from Skinnytaste are fantastic and are crafted very similar to my own kitchen creations. The Amazing Flour-less Brownies, made with sneaky healthy ingredients like black beans, are something I had to try. Our friend Yi confirmed that this recipe was simple to make but she was more than a little skeptical about how they would taste. The adults gave them the thumbs up and the kids gave a double thumbs up. My little chocolate loving children could not wait to find out if there would be any left for second servings.

All of these delicious dishes were washed down by our resident bartenders Moscow Mules…thanks Laurie! Hoping I can talk all of them into another Pinterest Dinner Party but I have a feeling that won’t take too much effort!


The Menu

Sundried Tomato Polenta Bites

Avocado Caprese Skillet Chicken

Baked Chicken Breast

Summer Vegetable Tian

Amazing Flour-less Brownies

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