I am still blogging my way through the November party! It's truly amazing I cooked so much for it! Start with Post 1. I honestly think that 3 more posts should finish this out.
I'd been meaning to make Crisp spicy pecans (p. 70) for a long time. Honestly, they have been on my list to make at least 25 times and I've never gotten around to making them for some reason (probably because I needed to whip egg whites and I balk at doing that most of the time). So I whipped an egg white with salt until foamy. I added sugar and beat until the soft peaks formed:
I mixed melted butter, paprika, Worcestershire sauce, and ground red pepper together:
I folded the butter mixture into the egg mixture along with the nuts:
And they were baked for about a half hour. They went from this:
Another recipe I had meant to make FOREVER were bagel chips (p. 93). I don't have a full complement of pictures for this one, which shouldn't surprise you, because I made SO MANY things for this party. Frankly, it's amazing I kept up on the pictures as well as I did!
I sliced a bagel (and it was sliced, which I don't think helped!). I brushed them with olive oil and sprinkled salt and garlic powder over them:
I only have a before picture, no after, but imagine all the bagel chips you've ever seen and that's what they were like. They were good! They were pretty much like all other bagel chips, which I consider a good thing. This is a perfect recipe to make if you have too many bagels and you know you aren't going to get through them all before they start to stale. They are also popular for a group because almost everybody likes them. Plus they were cheap and easy and you could customize them easily by switching toppings.
I was concerned about making Anchovy toasts (p. 87) for a party. Almost everyone out there lists anchovies at the top of the list of foods they hate and I didn't think the group coming to my party was any different. Regardless, I had warned the group that I would be making strange foods so they were prepared.
I soaked the anchovies in cold water for ten minutes:
I toasted some baguette slices (you don't have a picture of that because it wasn't very interesting). I minced the anchovies and combined the fish with olive oil, red wine vinegar, parsley, garlic cloves, and pepper. The toast was spread with the fish mixture and broiled until warm.
I was actually really, really proud of myself with the night of cooking. I managed to get every single thing done within ten minutes of the last guest showing up, so I wasn't in the kitchen cooking almost at all. I pulled these out and served them right away. They were actually a really big hit! The anchovies were salty and the garlic and vinegar cut through the fishy flavor. I honestly think almost everybody ate one and was pleasantly surprised!