Friday, September 19, 2008

Friday Night Photos: Neighborhood Block Party Food #2

Peach-Plum CakeOn Fridays I share photos I'm taking to practice using my camera, and last week I featured Neighborhood Block Party Food #1. That post also included a link to the recipe for Merritt's fabulous Cannellini Beans in Mint Marinade, which I've made a second time since I posted it. There was so much good food at the party that I'm back with more photos. Let's start out with Julia's Peach-Plum Cake, which was a big hit.

My apologies to Matt and Julia who have a pizza oven and made several fabulous pizzas, but every time I tried to take a photo, people's hands grabbing pizza ended up in the picture. The only pizza photo I got without hands was this one, which tasted fantastic, but wasn't their most photogenic pizza of the night.

I started losing track of who brought what, but I'm pretty sure it was Russ and Brooke who made this wonderful dish I'm calling green chile quiche. This is something else I need to get the recipe for because it did taste great.

Two delicious cheese balls and dippers from smart neighbor JoAnne who fashioned a disposable "dish" out of a box and tin foil so they could go home when they had enough of the party without worrying about the dish.

No idea who made the lovely cookies, which did look delicious even though I skipped them because I knew they were not on my diet!

I had some lovely tomatoes that day, so one thing I made for the party was this Hearts of Palm Salad with Tomatoes, Olive, and Feta. I have an abundant amount of basil this year, but you could get by with a lot less.

My second dish for the party was this Chickpea Salad with Tomatoes, Olives, Basil, and Parlsey (which looked considerably more glamorous when I photographed it earlier in the day for the recipe post, but still tasted great at the party.)

Yes, I am lucky to live in such a great neighborhood. In October I'll be starting a huge renovation project updating the outside of my house. The project includes a new water line, and I'm happy to have nice neighbors because there may be a few days when I'm needing a place to take a shower. The project will provide plenty of photo opportunities, so watch for some "before" house photos coming up on Friday Night Photos and a lot of contruction photos in the future!

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9 comments:

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

Everything looks great but I think I'd have been going for your salads the most!
Oh the water line . . . exciting re the renovation.

pattileigh said...

Everything looks wonderful! I also made your chickpea salad last night. Both my husband and I loved it. I recently discovered your blog while looking for South Beach recipes. My diet philosophy is "nothing white and nothing sweet" which, it turns out, is pretty much in keeping with SB Phase 2. I have tried several of your recipes over the past few weeks with great success. Thank you for this creative and inspiring blog!

Katrina said...

All the food looks SO good. Man, we keep talking about having a neighborhood shindig and just haven't done it (for 3 years now!)

Paz said...

I see that there was a lot of good eating had by all. Wish I were there. ;-)

Paz

Smart Mouth Broad said...

I just love your site and the recipes. Your photos make everything look so appealing. You've been a real inspiration to me. I'm down 14lbs and still have about 30 more to lose. Your site is the first place I go to daily to mealplan. Thanks for sharing with us.

Gudrun from Kitchen Gadget Girl said...

ok, I am totally jealous. Looks like you have a great neighborhood, lots of wonderful food. Ours in coming up in a couple weeks, and I am planning to elevate our selection by bringing the mint salad you showcased last week!

Kalyn said...

Tanna, I'm very excited to get my house all fixed up. Believe me, the outside has a lot of things that need fixing.

Pattileigh and Smart Mouth Broad, thanks to both of you so much for taking time to let me know you're enjoying the blog.

Katrina, it's such a fun neighborhood tradition here. All the credit goes go my neighbors Alison and Leland. They do the legwork.

Paz, I wish you could come too!

Gudrun, that mint salad is such a complete keeper! I'm thinking I might make it again this weekend, third time since then.

Proud Italian Cook said...

Such good food! I want to make your chick pea salad tomarrow! Can't wait to see your before and after pic's of your renovation!

Valentina said...

I missed that post when you made it. Wow, how great to have these wonderful get together. The dishes are great. so colourful as well - the image of summer. I love your chickpea salad - and it does look beautiful!!

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