We were lucky to be invited to our friends Sara + Juan’s house for dinner tonight. We haven’t seen them since Christmas and we missed them!
What’s super cool is that we became friends because they rented our rental Craftsman after us, so tonight was like going home for dinner!
I offered to bring a pot of brown rice to go with Sara’s salmon + salad. Of course I had to jump at the chance to use the new rice cooker!
I didn’t know how long it would take to cook, but I put 2 cups of Lundburg Short Grain Brown Rice (my favorite of all kinds) in and set the time so it would be ready at 5:30. That timer feature is priceless! I saw that it had turned on around 3:45, so it definitely took ages to cook.
But when it finally sung a song to tell me it was ready, I checked the results. Perfect sticky brown rice!
I also made a batch of Mmmm Sauce to go with! Having it at Hillary’s last week hooked me on the sauce over rice. I rarely make sauces in my Vita-mix. I have a fear of contaminating my smoothie maker with garlic and oil. I washed it extra sudsy, but I’m still scared my next smoothie is going to taste like curry…
When we got to Sara + Juan’s, Sara had put out this lovely spread of pita chips and dips.
We could not keep from munching – I probably ate a full cup of that olive cream cheese spread in the front she got at whole foods. Soooo good! (And we were hungry!)
We tested out Sara + Juan’s 3D TV – cool stuff!!
We also sipped coconut drinks – I forgot the brand, but it was a coconut fizzy probiotic drink Sara got to whole foods as well. I have to hunt this down!
Dinner was excellent.
Salmon lightly poached in Dr. Pete’s Praline Mustard Glaze. Mmmmm!
Plus a goat cheese + walnut salad with Sara’s homemade Magic Bullet balsamic. I will get this recipe from her soon! Might have to contaminate the blender for that one too…
Unfortunately something was off in the Mmmm Sauce. It only gets two Mms. I think my almonds might have been stale, or perhaps the roasted garlic oil I used (a free sample) threw off my palate. Hillary’s was better! I blame the cook (ahem, me).
To end our night, Matt and I brought a smuggled Chocolate Bliss cookie from the bakery. We only made 18 of these today in a test batch and they were sold in no time. Luckily Matt swiped one for us. It was INCREDIBLE!!!!!! Like a brownie batter cookie. I can’t wait to have it again! We’ll be making them everyday in February. I had my own cookie piece, but Matt and I shared some milk. Haven’t had cookies n milk in ages!
Tucked into our new house now (which we like for totally different reasons from our dear Craftsman)