Last Saturday, my girlfriend and I had a party. I invited 10 people. She invited 103. Of course, not all of them showed up (thank god). Instead, a manageable 30 people dropped in at various times throughout the evening.
We cooked from 12:30 until 6pm in preparation of, at the time, who knows how many people. Party people began arriving at 6:30pm and continued to arrive until midnight (even though our party was supposed to be from 6-10pm . . . oh Asheville). It was great. Firepit out back, started by Alex K, and chestnut roasting initiated by Noah W.
I picked out the food that Cara and I prepared earlier that day — Black Bean Chili and Nutella Cinnamon Buns. That’s right. And, because of our rushing about and last minute throwing together of first time recipes, I forgot to take pictures.
Luckily, we made 2 batches of nutella buns and sent a few friends home with them. Bethany captured magic with her camera the next morning as she munched on a bun that she took to Clingman Cafe. Here’s the afterglow:
I found the recipe in a new book I bumped into last week — This is a Cookbook: Recipes for Real Life by Max Sussman and Eli Sussman. The book is inspiring because of how down-to-earth, easy to follow, and yummy the recipes are. It makes me want to cook. And maybe write a cookbook. Maybe later. I have a blog to keep up with. You can check out their blog for more inspiration.
The Black Bean Chili recipe came from the editors of Cooks Illustrated. Soups, Stews & Chilis. I found some useful tips there like using mushrooms to add a meatiness and umami-ness to the texture and taste. It called for toasting mustard seeds and cumin seeds = awesome. Next time I’ll try roasting the red peppers instead of using raw ones. And I’ll remember to serve cilantro with it — wah wah. But hey, it was a hit. I recommend the recipe. Unfortunately, Cook’s Illustrated doesn’t let you look at this recipe online unless you’re a fancy member, so you have to go to your nearest bookstore and copy it by hand like I did 🙂 It’s worth it.
I hope this was inspiring to you. If not, maybe next time.
What food/recipe is inspiring to you today?