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The Food52 Potluck

This particular potluck was a gathering to celebrate the Food52 cookbook’s launch, and it included an amazing cast of characters. There was Amanda Hesser, the former food editor of the New York Times, and author of the Essential New York Times cookbook. Merril Stubbs, the co-founder with Amanda of Food52, who is an amazing recipe tester and food writer, was the other guest of honor.

We gathered to congratulate the many local cooks who were included in the recipe collection, and to share food that was lovingly prepared by these fantastic Bay Area cooks. The day was such a joy–I always love spending time with people who are as crazy about experimenting in the kitchen as I am.

I mean, take a look at this charcuterie and cheese basket–this was contributed by our hostess for the day, Lynda of the blog Taste Food. She made pork rillettes, candied bacon, pate, and more. Wow! The day was fantastic, and I took tons of photos. This will be a picture-heavy post, as I’ve not got much time, but I wanted to make sure I could share some of these lovely food photos with you. Here goes!

Pickles, pickles, pickles!

Salad with pomegranate seeds, persimmons, and hazelnuts. Wow. That was one good salad!

This was a sausage and kale dinner tart–so delicious–it was a great combination of salty sausage and healthy kale. Here’s the recipe!

This was a fantastic pot roast served with acorn squash.

Desserts were lined up and ready to be put out for round two. Here are the recipes for the Applesauce Cake with Caramel Glaze and the Tangerine and Almond Shortbread Tart. The tangerine almond tart (on the left) was amazing–crispy and chewy, and the tangerine flavor really marries well with the almonds.

One of the other fantastic cooks being celebrated, Susan of the blog The Wimpy Vegetarian, slices her lovely apple tart.

Susan also brought her Pear & Rosemary Pate de Fruit, which was delicious with cheese!

Tiffany of the blog Still Simmering (shown in the top photo with her camera) brought incredible Pine Nut Brittle with Rosemary, which was actively in a competition on the Food52 website. She later won as the “Best Holiday Confection”, and I understand why. Yum!

We had a great time chatting with Amanda, who is in the center in grey–for someone who is a well-respected author, journalist and food entrepreneur, she is incredibly humble and genuine.

Merrill was also so sweet–she is very pregnant, and was still flitting about and meeting everyone.


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Quick Chicken Salad

After making a roast chicken, one of the easiest ways to use up the meat is making a cold chicken salad. I don’t really have a recipe–this is definitely one of those “clean out the refrigerator/garden” meals.

There was a beautiful tomato waiting from my garden, and I rounded up some fresh corn and lettuce from the fridge. I usually keep some marinated beets ready for salads, so tossed in a few of those as well. Marinated beets are easy to make–just roast the beets in the oven, slice, then toss in equal parts wine vinegar and olive oil and store in a glass jar in the fridge. Just be sure to keep red beets separate from other colors, or they’ll all be red soon!

Out in the garden, my basil is still thriving in the Indian summer weather we’ve been having, so I picked some basil to add as well.

Roughly chop the basil, and add to the mix. Toss in a vinaigrette you have on hand, and you’re ready to eat! If you are looking for a good vinaigrette recipe, I’ve shared my favorite below.

Balsamic Vinaigrette

  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup honey (or pomegranate molasses if you have it)
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • a few grinds of fresh pepper

Place everything in a screw-top bottle and shake until well mixed and the salt has dissolved.

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