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Boston blogger potluck dinner

June 27th, 2009 · 8 Comments · entertaining

Well well well, looks like I’m majorly behind on my blogging. Better late than never though, right? 😉 Last Sunday, I hosted a Boston blogger potluck dinner. I thought it would be the perfect way to see some of the bloggers I’ve met before and meet a few other bloggers I follow but have never met in person. Of course, given that we’re all foodies here, the food was to die-for! Everyone brought 1 or 2 dishes of their choice, and we had a fabulous spread. I’m so glad a few of my (non-blogger) girlfriends and my husband were able to attend the dinner as well. It’s nice to have the people I love get a little glimpse of my blogger life :)

So dinner attendees included the following: Lauren, Katie, Shannon, Tiffany, Katy, Coco and her boyfriend Joey, Kelly, me and my husband Adam.  Such a beautiful group!  I was kind of running all over the place at first, and totally forgot to get a group picture of everyone 😳 … too bad because everyone was looking gooood 😎

So let’s get to food then. I definitely remember to take pictures of food! Here is (most of) the spread:



Lauren has been featuring on her blog lots of amazing looking recipes from Eat, Drink & Be Vegan, and for the party she decided to try Dreena’s roasted red pepper & almond hummus. This hummus was a little different from other hummus I’ve had in the past. The almonds really lent a grainier texture and made this dip very nutty… I’d call it an almond spread with chickpeas :) Lauren mentioned there were dozens of other unique hummus recipes in ED&BV so be sure to check out the book when you get a chance!


Tiffany shared her usual dinner party staples: low fat homemade boursin cheese (nice and creamy!) with wheat thins…


… and her German potato salad (check out the recipe in the comments section here). Love all the garlic in this dish!


Katie brought one of her favorite salads she discovered at 101 cookbooks: lemon scented quinoa salad. She was kind enough to bring the red onions in a little side dish, so I was able to sample this creamy goodness.  Quinoa is such a great (whole wheat) grain (or is it a seed?)! It’s easy to cook, is very light and fluffy and so versatile. The lemon and tahini flavors worked so well together. I loved the salad and will definitely be making it myself again! :)


Coco made these professional looking tomato/mozzarella/basil skewers. I think Coco should go into catering. These little guys were so cute (and delicious of course – you can’t go wrong with this combo!). Sorry for the blurry photo, I was trying to be quick :)


I thought we needed a little more greens, and threw together this mixed greens/strawberry, dried figs, almonds and goat cheese salad. I’ll assume everyone enjoyed it since it was gone in minutes :)



Shannon got a hold of some rhubarb at the local farmers market, and brought 2 dishes starring rhubarb. She blogs about both here, so be sure to check out her blog for the recipes! This was my first time trying rhubarb (I’ve always been curious about it but never dared to actually purchase it and put it to good use) and I was really impressed with its flavor – kind of tangy. Now I’d like to make some pie with it… something like a rhubarb cherry pie. Come to think of it, maybe the reason I want to pair rhubarb with cherries is because Shannon did in this pork tenderloin with Indian spiced cherry-rhubarb chutney. I love pork tenderloin (always so tender and lean) and I’m a huge sucker for pretty much anything-cherry. This dish kind of rocked my world 😉


The other dish Shannon brought was tofu with hot and sour sauce, served over kale. Again, the rhubarb (I think it was the rhubarb?) added a nice tanginess to the dish. Another winner! Man, I’m going to be saying this a lot in this post 😆


Katy made some grilled chicken skewers and made an excellent peanut sauce for dipping (not pictured). She said she didn’t really use a recipe, just used some good ingredients and they all came together. One day I hope to be able to wing it like Katy and make such lovely dishes. 😀


Coco’s boyfriend, Joey, didn’t come empty handed either. I was very impressed with his culinary skills as well as with his courage to face so many food-obsessed girls in one room (he wanted to join us even before finding out my husband was able to make it to the party). Joey followed this recipe from Cooking Light for spaghetti and meatballs (omitting the spaghetti and using some arribiatta sauce from Whole Foods). The meatballs were very juicy and flavorful and I loved that he made his man-dish using a lighter recipe. Extra points for Joey! 😀



We had some wine for beverages and Kelly made this amazing sangria flora (I think she may have used this recipe):


The sangria was light and fruity – you can get in trouble drinking the stuff because it really does not taste alcoholic at all. I think the fruit soaked up all that alcohol, but after a few bites of it, it started going down really easy 😉 I added some wine into my sangria glass throughout the night and it kept it a little sweet. I think sangria is the perfect summer drink!


You know dessert is my favorite part of the meal so I was super excited to dig in :) We had a great little variety of desserts, starting with some white chocolate and raspberries blondies Lauren made, based on VeggieGirl‘s recipe (sorry I can’t find the exact link to it).


Closeup… mmm


The blondies were so moist, fluffy and buttery. The white chocolate added a nice creamy touch of sweetness without overpowering the fresh fruity flavor of the raspberries. Everyone loved these, and even both boys at the party requested that these are made again. In fact Coco made these nearly the next day after the party. You can find the recipe for the blondies on her blog here (she followed Lauren’s version of VeggieGirl’s recipe).

We also had the amazing black bean brownies I made. Yup, amazing! :)


And Katy made a fresh fruit salad with nearly every kind of fruit they had at the super market. She sweetened this with agave nectar and added some chopped mint for a fun little twist on a conventional fruit salad.



I’ve sampled every single thing. Everything was spectacular, so you can multiply these plates by 2… because yes, I went back for seconds. :)



A special thank you to my husband for doing all the dishes after the party! He’s a keeper 😉

Thank you, ladies, Joey and Adam, for coming. I had a great time! And I hope the rest of you enjoyed this little recap. 😀 What would you bring to a potluck dinner?

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8 Comments so far ↓

  • #1 - Jenny

    aw what a fun and beautiful bloggie spread :)

  • #2 - Tiffany

    It was so cool of you to hold such a fun dinner party! Delicious food and lots of fun conversation :) It was awesome!

  • #3 - Coco Knudson

    Great post about the dinner!!!! That was so much fun and Joey and I had a great time chatting it up with you and the rest of the ladies. The food was out-of-this-world good and it was so cool how everything basically tasted good all together! We have to do this again!

  • #4 - chuck mcgonagle

    If you have time check out this is a line of dessert hummus that is sweetened with a little evap. cane juice. There are six flavors like peanut butter, maple walnut, toasted almond… Same cal. per serving as traditional hummus and only half the fat. It is in some stores now and growing fast. Check it out !

  • #5 - Elina

    Coco, I agree – it was a really fun night! I hope we can do it again soon… or meet up in a restaurant where they’ll cook for us :)

  • #6 - Hangry Pants

    I think that sounds like the most fun thing ever!

  • #7 - Lara (Thinspired)

    This is such a great idea…especially for a bunch of foodies to meet! I love it. I wish I lived closer to more bloggers :(
    I’m not sure what I would bring to a pot-luck. I would freak out for a while beforehand and then probably decide on an appetizer and then a dessert. Being in charge of an entree would scare me a little!

  • #8 - Alison

    I usually bring really unhealthy treats to potlucks – it’s a special occasion for me to make them.