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Shabbos 12/29 - Karen's Musings
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Shabbos 12/29
Guests:
gnomi and mabfan
osewalrus and beckyfeld and Aaron
moss_raven
Nigel (!!!)
psu_jedi and caryabend and Nathan
Ian, Alida, and Avi
Us (not that we're really guests, or anything).

Anyway, 13 adults (including Aaron) and 3 kids. That's about as many people as we can fit under any circumstances. It will be tight, but should be fine.

Tentative menu:

- Challah (already made)
- Garlic Tofu Dip (Seth will make this tomorrow)
- Fish fritters (already made)

- Arugula salad with mandarin oranges and balsamic vinaigrette
- Brisket
- Tomato Salad
- potato Kugel
- Challah Kugel (Becky should not eat this as it has pineapple in it)
- Green beans (hopefully with caramelized onions, but I haven't made it that far yet)
- Mushroom tarts (really pies, since I used pie crusts, but whatever, they're already made also)

- Chocolate Mousse for dessert (need to buy some cookies or something for the kids)

It should be a good night. Here's hoping. I'd been hoping for an all-out mushroom themed meal, but I just never got around to planning it, and never found the time to make mushroom soup, which would have been the right way to start it off. Therefore, the mushroom tarts are merely an acknowledgment of the original plan. Such is life.

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skatured From: skatured Date: December 29th, 2006 03:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
Man, that menu looks fabulous! So many cool things to try.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: December 29th, 2006 03:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks! I love to cook, and particularly enjoy when I find the time to actually take care with each dish, rather than throwing it all together at the last minute. Much of what I made for this week got thrown together, but I had fun with a few of the dishes.
lec210 From: lec210 Date: December 29th, 2006 03:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ohhh that sounds amazing! When you figure out the all mushroom meal, please post what you make! I loooooooooooooove mushrooms.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: December 29th, 2006 03:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
My intention had been to do a mushroom barley soup, fake-crab-stuffed mushrooms, london broil with a mushroom gravy (or chicken marsala, since that has lots of mushrooms too), mushroom tarts, and probably a side or two that doesn't contain mushrooms. And chocolate truffles for dessert, of course, because that's close enough to the mushroom theme to keep me happy. :)

Anyway, I just never got around to working out the details.
magid From: magid Date: December 29th, 2006 04:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
I read about a mushroom meal where they made chocolates (or maybe truffles) in the shape of mushrooms.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: December 29th, 2006 04:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
I thought about doing meringue mushrooms, which I've done before, but which are a gigantic pain in the neck and I'm frankly not that motivated right now. But it was a good idea for the short time it lasted.
magid From: magid Date: December 29th, 2006 04:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sometimes it's just fun to come up with the ideal menu, independent of the time/resources to make it :-).

OH! If you get pareve ice cream, and serve half-scoops with a bit of straight candy stuck in it (candy cane, etc): upside down mushroom, without much work.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: December 29th, 2006 04:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
But how, exactly, do you manage a half-scoop of Tofutti? That stuff's pretty sticky, I'm not betting on being able to make a nice, hard, round scoop and cutting it in half... Normally I just get globs.
magid From: magid Date: December 29th, 2006 04:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hm. Colder-than-usual freezer is all that comes to mind. On the other hand, mushrooms come in lots of shapes and sizes, so having some thin sticks of candy sticking out of something (the mousse?) could be mushroom enough, for the mycologists in your crew :-).

(I remember seeing a bunch of gorgeous teeny thin mushrooms all living on one pine cone, the time I went on a mushroom walk.)
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: December 29th, 2006 05:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
My great-grandfather (the one who played 6 games for the red sox as a catcher before he broke his thumb) was a Mycologist. He was the head of the Botany Department at Brown. In fact, he discovered several new varieties of mushrooms in New England back in the day.

Hence, my obsession with mushrooms. ;)
magid From: magid Date: December 29th, 2006 05:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ooh, talented man.

The local adult ed place offers mushroom walks in the fall; it used to be only on Shabbat, so I pounced when they offered one on Sunday instead. And mushrooms are worth obsessing about :-).

mabfan From: mabfan Date: December 29th, 2006 08:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
At some point, I'd appreciate an email with the True Names of all those attending...
cleobatya From: cleobatya Date: December 30th, 2006 04:28 am (UTC) (Link)
i had fake crab cakes instead of gefilte fish at someones house. it reminded me of a Karen Kreation. they were delish!
batya_d From: batya_d Date: December 31st, 2006 04:44 am (UTC) (Link)
Yum, what goes into a mushroom tart??
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