Year Anniversary Dinner

Jul 24, 2011 by

Last Saturday night I had the year anniversary dinner for The Kamikaze Chef. Many of the attendees were veterans to the process, but a few had never experienced the dinner before. It was a great mix! I had 25 people RSVP, and let me tell you, I was a bit nervous to have that many people in my house! At the last minute, though, I had about 5 people send their regrets, so that calmed me down a little bit. I picked the theme of Japanese and bought a ton of ingredients to make sushi, tempura and curry, plus a few traditional Japanese candies and all the supplies needed to eat everything above (chopsticks, wasabi, ginger, etc). I also rented a table and chairs so I had enough comfortable seating for all 19 people:...

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Easter Dinner

May 2, 2011 by

This past Sunday was our Easter Kamikaze Dinner and it was a blast. I have a lot of friends who don’t have family in Nashville, plus my mom was in town so it was the perfect opportunity to show her what The Kamikaze Chef is all about! I wanted to do a Spring/Easter theme, which meant I tried to make dishes or incorporate typical ingredients that you’d find at an Easter dinner. I stocked up on fresh herbs and aromatics, as well as a small boneless ham, but other than that I was going to leave it up to my guests. For appetizers, I made some deviled eggs with tarragon and capers, asparagus wrapped in thinly sliced ham with Boursin pepper cheese spread, and a sour cream/cream cheese dip with ham, cheddar, chives and...

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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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