Sunday, March 26, 2006

Utah Food Bloggers Come to Dinner!

What would you cook if you had two food bloggers coming for dinner? That was the decision I had to make for Saturday night, when Vanessa from She Craves and Erin from Erin Eats came to dinner at my house. As far as we know, the three of us are the only food bloggers in the Salt Lake area, and possibly the entire state of Utah. Any other Utah food bloggers lurking out there?



Vanessa brought some gorgeous flowers and a lovely Chardonnay.

I made Curried Chicken on the Grill with cilantro chutney. The chutney was from California courtesy of my stepsister Karyn, who recenty sent me this fabulous black and white plate making its first appearance on Kalyn's Kitchen. In the background you can see asparagus prepared The Perfect Way to Cook Asparagus from Simply Recipes. (I also have a link to that asparagus recipe from Elise in my veggie archives. It's such a simple and wonderful recipe.)

We also had Brown and Wild Rice with Pine Nuts. This was something I first made for the dinner for my stepmother a few weeks back. I know I keep promising this recipe, and truly, it's coming this week!


For a salad, I chose Arugula and Sweet Mini-Pepper Salad, a combination I first came up with for one of Sweetnicks ARF Tuesdays. This is another super-easy but amazing tasting recipe.

Erin brought Mascerated Berries with Vanilla Marscapone for dessert, and it was fabulous. Head over to Erin Eats to get Erin's recipe for Mascerated Berries with Vanilla Marscapone. I don't think it's overstating it to say that Vanessa and I were completely blown away by this dessert.


The dinner was a lot of fun. We had a great time together, eating, dishing about all the blogs we read, comparing notes on the trials and tribulations of writing a food blog, talking about politics in Utah, and making plans for a monthly get-together. We're thinking dinner at The Red Iguana next time, since Erin hasn't been there and Vanessa and I both love the place. Stay tuned for the continuing adventures of the Utah food bloggers!




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17 comments:

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  2. Oh how I wish I had been there with you to share that delicious meal to hear what you talked about! Now I feel horribly lonely and isolated here...

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  3. Ilva, one of the things we talked about was what an AMAZING photographer you are!

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  4. Yes, I agree--that must have been great fun and I wish I had been there too!

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  5. I'm so jealous! How cool to meet fellow foodies! ;) Looks like you all had a wonderful meal!

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  6. Sounds like so much fun. I echo Ilva... i wish i could have been there too. All those goodlooking food you cooked. Tell me, did you gossip about me too? Hehe only kidding!

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  7. This is so great ! Meeting your blogger friends & sharing food.

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  8. Thank you for everything - I had such a great time, and the dinner was SO good. You truly are a queen of the kitchen.

    I look forward to getting together again, both you and Vanessa are lovely.

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  9. How very wonderful, Kalyn--I'm so pleased you and Vanessa and Erin are making plans to make this a regular thing! I must come join you one of these months!

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  10. I just read Erin's write-up of the dinner on her blog and I am seriously blushing. (Erin, I love it when you say I'm skinny.) I can tell this is the beginning of a lot of fun food blogger dinners.

    Ilva, Sher, Michele, Mae, and Spicehut, we would love to have any of you guys for dinner too.

    LisaSD, you know can stay at my house any time. Hey, it's not that far to drive from San Diego to Utah. Bring Rorie too.

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  11. What fun! I wish I could have been there, truly.

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  12. Elise, we would have so loved to have you be there too. We said good things about you while we ate the asparagus.

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  13. hmmm...maybe we should invite food-bloggers from around the world to converge in...Salt Lake City?!? why not :) Especially if Ilva takes photos, Mae brings from English pud, LisaSD and Rorie finally come to visit from sunny SoCal, and Elise makes the asparagus!

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  14. Vanessa, sounds like a great idea to me. The second night we can all go to the Red Iguana.

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  15. I'd be SO there!
    Thanks for cruising by my blog after dinner, gang. That was cute.

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  16. CC - you can drive up with LisaSD and Rorie. They can pick you up on the way. Elise too.

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  17. I want to be invited to your food blogger convention! (not to mention to dinner--that sounds delicious). I was in Utah last summer for a family reunion--I'm going to look you ladies up if/when I go back:-)

    How fun that you all got together like that! (and that we get to read along).

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