Monday, June 19, 2017

Boy Meets World Dinner

We did a Boy Meets World dinner with our friends Nate, Alyssa, and Brittany!

For dinner we had Chubbie Burgers, Alan's Man Salad, They Want You To Take The Rolls!, Eric's Good Looking Guy Cocoa Puffs, The Cory Matthews' Cocktail, and World Cookies.

Chubbie Burgers
Tim cooked up these burgers on the stove and served with bacon, cheese, ketchup and mustard. 

Alan's Man Salad
Tim cut up the head of lettuce into six sections.  We served with Roma tomatoes, Ranch dressing, and bacon.  

"They Want You To Take The Rolls"
Dinner rolls from the grocery store. 

Eric's "Good Looking Guy" Cocoa Puffs

The Cory Matthews' Cocktail
1oz of vodka
1oz of Raspberry Liqueur
1/2oz Creme de Cacao
Fill with Pink Lemonade
A dash of bitters
Garnish with a cherry

*Sweet and spunky like Cory!

World Cookies
I used my recipe from Toy Story 2

I separated the dough into two sections.  I put green food coloring on one half and blue on the other. 

We had so much fun celebrating with our friends!

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Fargo Dinner

We did a dinner for the movie Fargo a while back, it was a great time! 

For dinner we had the "Where's Pancake House?" Pancakes, Marge's Breakfast Hotdish, Minnesota Lefse, The Wood Chipper beer, and Crime Scene Cake.

"Where's Pancake House?" Pancakes
These are my dad's famous pancakes!

3/4 cup of flour
1/3 cup of sugar
1/3 cup of milk
1 egg
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1 teaspoon of oil

Mix together well.  We put our batter in a snowflake pan and cooked for a minute on each side. 

Marge's Breakfast Hotdish

Oh jeez.  We just threw tater tots, eggs, cooked sausage and two cups of cheese in our hotdish pan and put it in the oven for....oh gosh.... I suppose about forty minutes or until those darn eggs were cooked.  Ya know... if you don't cook those things right, it can kill ya. 

Minnesota Lefse
I bought Lefse from the grocery store and covered with butter and sugar. 

The Wood Chipper beer
I picked up some beer from the Fargo Brewing Company aptly named The Wood Chipper

Crime Scene Cake
I kinda made this up but it was tasty!

Shortcake cakes
Cool Whip 
Strawberry topping

Just get creative with it!

We visited the actual wood chipper from the movie at Fargo's visitors center!  
We had a great time!

Monday, April 3, 2017

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Dinner

We did a dinner for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix!  We had our friends Nate and Alyssa over and they really got into the spirit!

For dinner, we had Quidditch Player's Chicken Pot Pie, Kreacher's French Onion Soup, Fiery Baby Dragon Wings, Veritaserum Cocktail, and Golden Snitch Truffles.

Quidditch Player's Chicken Pot Pie
I cooked a frozen chicken pot pie from the grocery store. 

Kreacher's French Onion Soup
I found the recipe here and tweaked it a bit! 

2 Tablespoons of butter
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1 large red onion, sliced
1 large yellow onion, sliced
24oz of chicken broth
7oz of beef broth
1 Tablespoon of red wine vinegar
1 Tablespoon of Worcestershire Sauce
1 teaspoon of dried parsley
1 teaspoon of dried thyme
1 Tablespoon of balsamic vinegar
4 thick slices of French bread
8 slices of Gruyere cheese
1/2 cup of mozzarella cheese
4 dashes of paprika

1. Melt butter in a large pot on medium high heat.  Stir in salt, and onions until caramelized.
2. Mix chicken broth, beef broth, red wine vinegar, and Worcestershire sauce into a medium pot. Add in parsley and thyme.  
3. In the onion pot, add both vinegars and season with salt and pepper.  Cover and keep on low.
4. Mix together onions and broth mixture.
5. Sprinkle mozzarella cheese in the bottom of four bowls. 
6. Fill with soup, sprinkle with a dash of paprika, and place 2 slices of Gruyere cheese on top.
7. Stir cheese until it melts and enjoy!  Serve with French bread!

*You can put the bowls in the oven and use the broiler but on this particular day our apartment was quite warm. 

Fiery Baby Dragon Wings
I got hot wings from the Hornbacher's deli. 

Veritaserum Cocktail
2oz of bourbon
2oz of Butterscotch Schnapps
Fill with Redd's Apple Cider 

Golden Snitch Truffles
I cut out paper wings and attached them to Ferrero Rocher truffles.

We had a great time!

If you like this post, check out our post to Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Monday, March 27, 2017

Olivia Dinner

Our little Olivia is ONE!  I can't believe it!  For her party, we had a themed dinner to the book/cartoon series, Olivia.  We thought it was pretty appropriate! 

For the party we had Storybook Black and White Pasta with Red Sauce, Family Dinner Garlic Bread, Party Fruit Skewers, Pink Princess Potion, Olivia Cookies and of course, Olivia's Birthday Cake!

Storybook Black and White Pasta with Red Sauce

I made the pasta according to package direction except I took the box and split it in half.  I made up one half in a pot and the other in a pot with black food coloring.  Turned out pretty well!  I added Parmesan cheese and butter.  For the sauce, I heated up store bought sauce on the stove.  It was pretty tasty! 

Family Dinner Garlic Bread
I got frozen garlic bread from the grocery store. 

Party Fruit Skewers
Blackberries and Raspberries on skewers 

Pink Princess Potion 
I got this recipe from my Olivia themed cookbook! 

2 containers of Strawberries
2 cups of Strawberry yogurt
2 cups of milk
1/4 cup of honey
2 cups of ice cubes

Combine all of the ingredients until smooth in a blender and serve cold. 

Olivia Cookies
I used my sugar cookie recipe from the Toy Story 2 dinner! 
I had Olivia shaped cookie cutters as well as "O" shaped. 

Olivia's Birthday Cake

Here are some party highlights!  Thank you to all who came!  We love our little lady!

Monday, March 6, 2017

Mad Men Dinner

We finished Mad Men for the second time.  What a solid show!  It was definitely better the second time around.  Anyway, we struggled to come up with ideas for the dinner!  We could have done a swanky sixties soiree but I'm not a fan of saying "Don's Deviled Eggs" without that making some sort of sense.  After we got part way through, Tim and I both thought about doing foods that represent the different advertising accounts from Sterling Cooper (Draper Pryce; Draper Pryce Cutler Gleason and Chaough).  We had a fun time!

For dinner, we had Burger Chef Burgers, Heinz Baked Beans, Sunkist's Box of Oranges, Coca Cola, Hershey Chocolate Fondue and we threw in an Old Fashioned, Don's drink of choice! 

Burger Chef Burgers
Tim made up burgers on the stove and we served them with cheese and Heinz ketchup!  

Heinz Baked Beans
We cooked up baked beans on the stove.

Sunkist's Box of Oranges
We got some Halo oranges.

Coca Cola

Hershey Chocolate Fondue
2 cups of Special Dark Hershey's Chocolate Chips
1.5 cups of Half and Half

Place chocolate and half and half in the fondue pot and set to 200 degrees until chocolate chips have melted. 

Serve with strawberries, orange slices, and croissants (which are French, like Megan!)

Old Fashioned 
2oz of Bourbon
1.5 teaspoons of Simple Sugar
4 dashes of Angostura Bitters
Serve over ice with a Maraschino cherry and an orange slice.

Here's our fabulous drink cart that my grandparents refurbished for me!  Hooray!