Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Philadelphia area food bloggers came together recently for our second potluck and meet up. This time, Taylor from Mac & Cheese offered her boyfriend's house for the event, and they were gracious hosts. Taylor even organized a food White Elephant exchange that was huge success and lots of fun.
This is a picture of the table early on in the night, before everyone had arrived, so doesn't truly represent the variety of dishes we shared that night. Some that I remember include the roasted red pepper dip, parsnip and sweet potato soup, sherry infused mushroom pate, vegan key lime muffins, mini key lime pies, cranberry pilaf, spicy cauliflower, figs wrapped in prosciutto with blue cheese and walnuts, and much much more I can't recall, but not because I didn't enjoy it. I continued to nibble on a little of everything, even after I swore I was done eating.
The Two Fat Als made dessert kebabs featuring chocolate-dipped rice crispy treats, chocolate-dipped strawberries, mini chocolate muffins and star fruit. These were very yummy and photographic evidence proves they're fun to eat.
As I mentioned earlier, Taylor organized a white elephant exchange for those who wished to participate. This was my first white elephant so I had to have the rules explained to me. We all brought a foodie product that we enjoy, wrapped up to conceal it's identity, and take turns choosing a gift from the pile in the order that we drew random numbers. The trick is, once you've unwrapped your gift in turn, those who choose after you have the opportunity to steal your gift away from you!
At one point I had a jar of home-canned peaches and blackberries, but lost it to the last participant! No worries though, I got to pick another gift from the pile and it was a very cool reusable six-pack bag from Trader Joe's as well as an assortment of chocolates, including unsweetened baking chocolate, a hunk of Ghiradelli semi-sweet and three mini bars of milk chocolate. Thanks, Marisa! Other gifts included a set of wooden spoons, a tin of chocolate-dipped ginger, a six-pack of spicy ginger ale, a citrus zester and a fine Mexican hot sauce.
Great seeing all you bloggers again. Can't wait for the next one at my place in the Spring!
Stay tuned for two upcoming posts on what I brought to the potluck Pecan Caramel Squares and Frito Candy.