October 8, 2009

Hosts with the Mosts

Meet Katherine and her husband (henceforth “the Huz”). They are models of class and sophistication, despite the fact that they fall within my peer group and yet head&shoulders above me in the life-maturity department!

First of all, they invited me and the boyf to their place for dinner last night. That’s classy right there—having the good taste to dine with me and all. :)


I could have feasted on the appetizers alone! Two kinds of hummus (one of them homemade by the Huz’s father!), three kinds of olives, all kinds of awesome.


The boyf was rather taken with the dog (in addition to the mezzes, of course). Bodhi is definitely a charmer!


I’m pretty sure this is the only picture I got where it was the boyf who was blurred and not the dog. That’s excitement right there:


Just look at this face! How do you not become a loveslave to that?! (Is it bad that I’m referring to the dog?)


Actually, I had no difficulty abandoning dog-petting duty in favor of eating. The boyf indulged Bodhi to the max, though, thereby earning him most honored- and worshipped-guest status. Bodhi’s words, not mine.


Alas, Bodhi did lose us to the dinner table, where the Huz had laid out his masterpiece of linguine with eggplant and mushrooms and a spicy tomato sauce, topped with a delicious cheese that shall go unnamed because I forgot to ask about it! If I had to guess, though, I would put it in the goat category. ‘Nuff said. A glorious bowl of greens completed what was a very welcome sight to mine eyes.


Katherine being the resident oenophile, we enjoyed the best pinot noir I’ve ever tasted along with dinner. I don’t know anything about wine, but I know she picked a good one for this meal! As far as I’m concerned, if it tastes good, it is good, the proof being that I was left with a lovely buzz by the end of the evening. Wink!


And here it is, the piece de resistance, the creme de la creme, the omelette du fromage, the proof that I can’t speak French:


Do NOT let it go unnoticed that that there dinner was served on their china and consumed using their silver. Katherine and the Huz busted out the big guns for us! I must have been a very good organism of some sort in a past life.

In light of that, we’ll just ignore the fact that my contribution, the dessert, was served from tupperware! I brought the last of the Pumpkin Carob Loaf as well as a batch of raw fudge brownies.


Katherine, if you’re reading this, can you earmuff it for me for a sec? Thanks.

People, if you’re looking for an easy/instant dessert or contribution of some sort to bring to someone’s house or an event or whathaveyou, this was seriously so easy a child could do it. Done in less than 10 minutes, I sh!t you not. I followed this recipe using the following ingredients:

Raw Fudge Brownies

  • 1.5 cups raw walnuts
  • 3/4 cup raisins (organic, sulfite-free, ya know)
  • 3/4 cup medjool dates, pitted
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (Ghiradelli! Not so raw, but please.)
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract

Place all ingredients in the food processor and let ‘er rip! The key to this recipe is time. Let it whirl for long enough and it will turn out as smooth as the brownies above, I promise. Press it into a glass baking dish and freeze until firm, then slice. The oil from the walnuts will keep it from freezing solid, so you can store these in the freezer too (as long as they last!).

The boyf and I had a truly grand time with Katherine and the Huz, and I do believe we were a bit elevated by simply being in their habitat. Many thanks to the gracious couple for sharing their humor and class with us for the evening!

Needless to say, the aforementioned delicious vino was the culprit behind the lack of blog post last night, and just between you, me and…the whole internet, the wine situation kinda repeated itself tonight! Under different circumstances, of course, but sometimes a little tipsy blogging is going to happen if I’m to keep up the posting schedule to which I like to hold myself. It’s my responsiblitity! Reponsisbity!

Good night.


katherine said...

You are too kind, Diana! You and the boyf were wonderful guests and we loved having you over for dinner. FYI, you were right - the cheese was of the goat persuasion. And the wine was Castle Rock Pinot Noir, if you're ever on the hunt for a good drink-with-anything red. Last, thanks for giving us the perfect excuse to bring out the fancy schmancy stuff! The Huz is the chef in this relationship but I'm the presentation princess and loooove making the table look purdy ;-)

Thanks again!!

Sarah @ The Foodie Diaries said...

those look SO good!!

Christine said...

Mmmmm, think I will try those this weekend!

Devan Geselle. N said...

All the food looks awesome :)
and thank you for the recipe! Any raw brownie recipe.. or BROWNIE I am always all over.
my favorite!

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) said...

I've been making raw vegan brownies for awhile now and yeah, they are so easy. Dates, nuts, cocoa powder and agave. All in a food processor or Vita. And people think they are so hard. Every time I post them on my blog as a dessert, I get a million comments when I actually worked hard on the dinner and the brownies were easy...but they are a great treat aren't they! Try em in the freezer too for a bit. I am a freeze-anything and I like it better kinda girl though. Anyway hope the pinot buzz is hanging on for you :)

Diana said...

Those brownies look AMAZING.
And that puppy is so cute ahah Look at those eyes!

VeggieGirl said...

AWESOME dinner party and fudge recipe!

The Candid RD said...

Haha, too much wine last night?? That's funny. It looked like the perfect opportunity, time, and place for that! What a lovely set up they had, and some delicious foods too. The mushrooms actually look like my favorite thing on the plate. Do you know I am obsessed with mushrooms?!
I can't get enough!

GF Gidget said...

Dinner looks wonderful, but those brownies?! Divine! This may be a silly question. But... Did you use fresh or dried dates?

Erica said...

What a fun blog dinner! all the food looks incredible and what a cute pup. Your raw brownies sound incredible. I so want to try this recipe

Shannon said...

fabulous dinner!! and bodhi is adorable :) raw brownies? too much, girl!

Diana said...

GF Gidget -

Well, this might be a silly answer because I'm honestly not sure! I've only ever bought one sort of medjool dates, and that's the kind that you typically find in bulk bins, so I guess that means they're dried. That said, I seem to recall the original recipe calling for fresh. Alls I know is the brownies came out great, so I think it's your call in the end. :)

Anonymous said...

wow that looks like such a special dinner to share with loved ones :)
oh yes those raw chocolate brownies look spectacular!

elise said...

i feel as though you have left my 26 year old ass in the dust. way too classy.

Missy said...

Everything looks delicious! The hummus, pasta, brownies! Yum! Love the dog too!

happyherbivore.com said...

yum! to those raw brownies!

The Voracious Vegan said...

AMAZING! I am SO making those raw brownies, they are gorgeous! Thanks for the recipe.

*Naomi* said...

your food looks awesome!!

the tablescape and the mushrooms look great! i <3 mushrooms!!

Abby (Abbys Vegan Eats) said...

What a beautiful dinner! The raw brownies sounds easy to make also! I need to jump on that. YUM :)

Jenny said...

Katherine and the hubz sure know how to trewat a girl! gorg gorg gorg!

Jessica said...

What kind of dog is that! I've never seen a dog that looked so identical to mine before. Half german shepherd/half bernise mountain.

healthy ashley said...

What an awesome dinner party! I love the puppy almost as much as the fod :)

katherine said...

Hi Jessica,

We actually don't know what kind of dog Bodhi is b/c we adopted him from an organization that works with high-kill shelters in the South. His vet thinks he's part lab and we think there's probably some shepherd/long haired retriever in the mix too. Whatever his breeding is, he's 100% love bug, that's for sure!