Pizza Night

Feb 20, 2011 by

For February’s dinner, I wanted to do something different, something that didn’t necessarily revolve around a cuisine. I chose to go with a “Pizza” theme. I”m using quotes because my challenge was that everything either had to look like pizza or taste like pizza somehow. I admit this gave me a lot of flexibility, but it was still a challenge. This was also my biggest group thus far. Many of the regulars attended, as well as few newcomers. Angela, who attended the Mediterranean dinner, arrived a bit early and kept me company while I finished making appetizers. I chose to go with baked wonton pizza bites with a tomato dipping sauce. I used a mini-cupcake pan and filled the wonton wrappers with a mixture of spinach, turkey pepperoni, mozzarella cheese and a simple tomato...

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Indian Fusion

Feb 5, 2011 by

The latest edition of The Kamikaze Chef proved to be a very challenging one. I chose Indian as the theme for the dinner and added the challenge of keeping the dinner vegetarian. My guests were all people who’d been to a dinner before (minus one newbie) so I thought I would up the ante a bit. I also didn’t include the “grain” category, because I wanted a little control over the bread and rice served with dinner…seeing how they are staples specific to the cuisine. I prepared two appetizers as usual, Vegetable Pakoras and Samosas. The pakoras were thinly sliced zucchini, cauliflower and potatoes (thank goodness for my mandolin) coated in a rice flour, coriander, cumin and cilantro batter and fried to perfection. I had no idea cauliflower could taste so good. The Samosas...

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