Recipes – for your consideration

Warning: This post is ALL about food! If you’re anything like me, as Thanksgiving approaches you’re dreaming up beautiful ideas of creative meals to cook up. My “friendsgiving” dinner party was no different. Though it was a potluck, I couldn’t help trying a new recipes. Risky, sure — especially since 20+ folks testing your food for the first time can be quite frightening. Luckily for me — and the party guests too, the turkey roll, goat cheese truffles, and apple cider sangria were delicious!

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This recipe was absolutely the easiest to prepare and also had the biggest impact flavor wise! I love goat cheese more than I should, so I had to incorporate it into the appetizers. The best part of this super easy recipe is that you can substitute the cajun spices for other seasonings, from garlic to greek to latin.

  • Goat cheese (8 oz log)
  • Cajun seasoning
  1. Slice goat cheese log into 12-16 sections
  2. Roll each individual section into balls
  3. Toss in bowl of cajun seasoning
  4. Refrigerate until guests arrive

Apple Cider Sangria:

Since Sam was the “official party bartender” and responsible for the seasonally appropriate apple cider sangria, I asked him to share his take on the recipe:

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“Hola everyone!

Morgan threw the best dinner party, and I’m just lucky enough to have contributed SOMETHING to the fantastic spread. I’m here to talk about the world’s best apple cider sangria that knocked everyone’s socks off at the party. It was on point, you guys. The sangria was really easy to make and was definitely a big hit. Its a must make for any fall get together.
  • three apples (honey crisp work the best, but don’t be afraid to get creative, maybe substitute a red delicious for more sweetness or a granny smith for more tartness)
  • three pears (I used Bartlett)
  • one bottle of Pinot (don’t get an expensive bottle! Yellowtail will do, people.)
  • 2 1/2 cups of FRESH apple cider
  • 1 cup of club soda (gives the concoction a good carbonation)
  • 1/2 cup of ginger beer
  1. You want to chop the apples and pears into small pieces.
  2. Put the sliced fruit in a large pitcher, and start a-mixing! It doesn’t matter the order of the ingredients, just make sure you mix it well!
  3. After combining and mixing all of the ingredients, let the sangria sit in the fridge for at least one hour. Remember, the longer it sits, the more alcohol soaks into the fruit, which makes for an excellent snack AFTER you finish your cup
Side note: We DEFINITELY needed more than just one mixture, so doubling the recipe will get you the amount of booze you need. Hope everyone enjoys it, have a glass for me!”
Stuffed Turkey Roll:
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This is the only part of the dinner that was so good that it was gone before it could be photographed! I did my research on stuffed turkey via Pinterest, and combined a few ideas to make this recipe myself. Basically, take the best ingredients of Thanksigiving: sweet potatoes, turkey, onions, and cranberries – and roll it up into one bite. Yum. End of sentence – I’m out of words to describe it.
  • 2lb boneless turkey breast cut (I used 2, 2lb breasts, but thats unnecessary unless you’re serving a huge group)
  • 1 can Cranberries
  • 1 medium sweet potato
  • 1 yellow onions
  • Rosemary
  • 1 stalk celery
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Pepper
  • Baking twine
  1. In one bowl, mix cranberries, diced onions, diced celery, seasonings and rosemary. In separate bowl, mash sweet potato (by the way – sweet potatoes are easily softened after 5 minutes in the microwave).
  2. Meanwhile, “butterfly” the turkey breast by slicing/scissoring through middle of turkey breast (hamburger style) and leave the breast connected in the middle, as pictured above.  Flatten the turkey breast to 3/4 inch thick by hammering away with a meat mallet… or in my kitchen – improvise with a full can of beans. Season with salt & pepper if you’d like.
  3. Time to roll the turkey! Take mashed sweet potatoes and lay in a stripe along the breast. Lay a line of the cranberry/onion mixture next to the sweet potato mixture on the turkey. Carefully roll turkey breast into itself, like a Little Debbie Swiss Roll. Tie tightly with bakers twine every 2 inches.
  4. Bake in the oven at 400 degrees for 50 minutes or longer, until meat is done.

My apologies that raw meat is not the most attractive thing to photograph, but I pinky-promise that the turkey was beautiful after her time in the oven.

The food at the dinner was amazing, from the sangria and goat cheese to the turkey and Natalie’s baked brie. It was all delicious. It may be a few weeks before I get over the painful memory of washing so many dishes, but I see another dinner party in my future for sure.

Bienvenidos a la casa

This weekend I’m having a small group of friends over to visit the new apartment. Now I’m not moving into a big grown up house, but after living in a shoe-box apartment for the past year without any sort of living room (or space for guests) I’m thrilled to just invite people over. It’s reason enough for me to celebrate!

In honor of my roommate’s Mexican heritage and cooking skills (and… well let’s just admit it, my love for margaritas too), we’ll be throwing a little fiesta!

I’m thinking bright colors, strong drinks, and good food! You can see my full inspiration on my Eventful Pinterest board.

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And just for fun…

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Poncho dress-code not mandatory.

Top 5 Favorites of the Week: 6/2 – 6/8

1. Being featured over on My Little Maison

I “met” Mandy through twitter and was so excited when she was looking for bloggers to feature! This week she asked me a few questions on the blog about my home, blog, and design, among other things. I’m very grateful to Mandy for highlighting Reidmore! Be sure to check out her blog.

2. Learning how to home brew beer

3. Blogger Blitz & Brunch

Sunday I enjoyed 4+ hours of bottomless mimosas at Local 16 with some of my favorite DC bloggers. It was great to catch up with familiar faces and to meet some new great girls as well! What is it about DC and brunch? I’m addicted.

After a bubbly brunch, we walked a few blocks over to Marvin for Blogger Blitz. This was my first time attending the Blitz, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. It was nice to meet so many new local bloggers.

4. Sangria

I’ll be the first to admit that what you see above is not authentic Spanish sangria. I’ve lived in Spain for long enough to know that my version was just an Americanized-summer version. But holy cow, I don’t care. This sangria is that good.

And because it’s lighter with the white wine, the sangria is perfect for summer cook outs and get-togethers. In a pitcher, throw in some chopped up kiwis, raspberries, strawberries, lemon and lime slices, green apple pieces, and top with riesling and Fresca. Give the sangria some time to sit so the fruit soaks up the wine. You’ll thank me later.

5. Happy hour with work friends at the Majestic

 

 

Getting even more pinteresting

Because Pinterest will never cease to entertain me, here are a few of my personal favorite pins from the past few weeks:

  1. What to Wear notepad – I need want this to help me plan all of my packing for my upcoming vacation!
  2. Head scarf – I have a vintage head scarf I’ve been sporting on dirty-hair-running-errands-lazy days. Sam says I look like I Love Lucy, but I picture myself chic like this picture.
  3. Summer Sangria Recipe – This past weekend I made a variation of this recipe to share at our cook out, it was so light and summery!
  4. I Spy DIY Ombre Dress – My first thought when I saw this pin was “where in the world can I buy a white shirt-dress right this second?”
  5. Pink sofa – Perhaps it’s my recent sofa funk I was in, but I can’t help thinking this couch is to die for.
  6. Purple succulents – Don’t ask why, but I feel the need to start growing succulents of sorts. When I saw this purple hue of succulents, I thought these were so neat looking. Can you believe these bad boys were painted purple?

Want to see the rest of my crazy Pinterest finds? Follow reidmore on Pinterest!

CapFABB Birthday Bash: fresh flowers, strong drinks, good friends

Yesterday evening almost 200 local DC bloggers gathered at Cities Restaurant and Lounge to celebrate the one year anniversary of CapFABB! Since Liz and Lacey started the group one year ago, the member list has now grown to 400+ members!

After having such a great time earlier this month at my first CapFABB event at Hugh & Crye, I was excited to have more time to chat with all of these ladies. It was so much fun to mingle with Natalie of Fashionably Broke, Ashley of Ashley in DC, and Monica at Monalavinia. I think I met/introduced myself to over 50 people and walked away with a handful of business cards. Which makes me think I really need to order a set of my own! People seem to be confused when I explain my blog is called “reidmore”. Generally they assume it’s a blog all about books. Which, by the way, it is not.  The name “reidmore” is a combination of my first and last names, and just my lame attempt on a play on words.

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The event was hosted by H.Bloom, this amazing floral arrangement subscription service with the prettiest blooms! They supplied the party with a HUGE table of super colorful flowers and a ton of craft supplies. In the dim light with a glass of sangria in hand, I was only able to pull together a quick purple orchid pin. But other girls were rocking full on hats, necklaces, and even headbands. Be sure to check out H.Bloom’s Pinterest page, including the full set of CapFABB party shots.

Did I mention that they had a photobooth?? I promise I didn’t hog it too much.

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How to celebrate Valentine’s Day

Add in good Spanish tapas, a bouquet of flowers, chocolate, a new pet fish, and of course a good date… and you have a lovely Valentine’s Day.