Thursday, October 29, 2009

Progressive Dinner

Kyle would tell me to "stop apologizing" but I can't help it. I suck at blogging this month. SUCK. And I'm sorry. But look, another blog post! I honestly feel like I am doing injustice to myself when I only blog once a week. But it matters to someone right? Mom? You care, right?

Okay, enough of that. In the interest of moving forward, and knowing that one snowy day in January I'll blog about New York City and 30 meals I've made between now and then, this post is about the progressive dinner we attended this past weekend in our neighborhood. Fun times with fabulous Minneapolis friends. Aside from a few slim pickin's, most people I spend social time with now live within walking distance of our house, which makes it easy to travel from house to house, enjoying numerous different courses and beverage accompaniments.

Things started at our place, and being busy (read: behind schedule) hosts, I didn't take any pictures at our house. Kyle made baguettes and gougères, and I made a terrine with veal, pork ricotta and ham as well as wild mushroom crostini, and alongside, champagne.

We then treked it one block north to Talia and Jay's apartment.
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Jay didn't come to our place as he was at home making their baked mac and cheese prepared in individual baking pans and muffin tins. Amazing. Delicious.

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Armed and Ready
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Great detail by Jay. I love the scallions, and I really could never pass up extra cheese sauce
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Talia gets excited
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Making our way over to Danielle and Chuck's, we had to first load up our pockets (and a hand or two) with cold beer on the porch
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First we had to cross the tracks
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and then make the two block walk down 2nd
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I got kind of involved in a conversation about video games (don't judge me) at Chuck and D's and didn't take any pictures there. I will also blame this on my leaving early to help Becky with her roasted chicken. Danielle made gorgeous rustic tartes and they were served with boozy homemade chai (courtesy of Criste). Where the hell was my camera? I think this is when I first had some brandy.

Becky had never roasted a chicken before and was roasting TWO leading to certain amounts of nervousness. They turned out better than you could ever imagine, juicy and tender with crispy skin and perfectly browned veggies, I could swear she was a seasoned chicken roaster... but she did need help carving.

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Amanda had clearly shown up by this time, as I actually got to star in a few pictures here
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Becky was the only gorgeous soul who adorned a Mad Men costume. It was really a great idea for the weekend before Halloween to all dress up, but alas my lack of Joan dress (god, I could SO pull that off), or spanks for that matter lead me to wear a simple red dress. Becky went all out and found the most amazing outfit at Via's. Check out this head piece.

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MEAT!
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In her vintage housewife glory
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Amanda didn't dress up. She just rocks vintage day in and day out.
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Next up was dessert at Katrinas. She made TWO, apple pie and pumpkin bars. There was definitely brandy in my coffee at this point.

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Claudia's house was meant for after-dinner drinks and games. If you haven't experienced 3-D chalk before, to quote myself "it rulz". More brandy.

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You do need to wear the magic 3-D chalk glasses to truly get it though
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I'm sure Zach wrote something inappropriate
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And then... we played "writey-drawy-foldy". Essentially the premise is to write out a sentence. Any sentence about anything. Then hand it to the person to your left (you're sitting in a circle). Everyone then receives a piece of paper with a sentence written on it and underneath make a drawing depicting the sentence they read above. Then they fold the sentence under before handing the paper to the person to your left so that the person they are handing it to cannot see the original sentence. They then write a sentence depicting the picture that you drew while you draw a picture depicting the picture the person to your right drew. Get it? It's like an alcohol induced game of telephone on paper. And it is amazing.

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The game ends when someone realizes the piece of paper that is in their hands was the one they had originally. Very rarely is it remotely similar to the original sentence, but it is pretty awesome what people come up with.

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The best part may be going through the train of thought of 10 or so people as you describe your sentence and its path to the whole group.

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Happy Progressive Dinner Everyone! Leave the brandy at home next time.

6 comments:

Talia gets excited said...

Yeh. Brandy is killer. 'Writey-drawey-foldey' is like heaven.

Gut-busting heaven pain. So beautiful albeit a bit confusing on brandy brain.

Pictures of laughter beautiful!

Emily said...

Aww, that kitty looks just like mine.

Laura. said...

i love northeast! your friends look like so much fun. and i LOVE writey-drawy-foldy. you do great with your blogging, kate. blogging is hard.

Erin said...

I'm proud to be one of the few friends that you are willing to travel for.

I might need to introduce that game to Ben's family as an alternative to our usual 5 things game. Sounds like a good one!

Criste said...

Nothing like lots of sugar, alcohol and friends. Thanks sugar and alcohol.

Pam said...

Yes, of course I care! But I also understand as I have been a very bad blogger as of late myself. And didn't I ever warn you about brandy?