Dinner with Girlfriends

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One Finn and two Swedes! It was lovely being able to chat in Swedish-haven’t had friends in the States that I speak Swedish with other than my family!

On Saturday, after running 14 miles with Nicole in the morning, attending Getting Gorgeous in the afternoon, I was ready to go to my friend Rebecca’s to have dinner! Another friend Malin also came and we all contributed one dish. To start out I made Cowboy Caviar a recipe that my mom frequently makes for get togethers.

Cowboy Caviar!

Cowboy Caviar!

Such an easy recipe:

Main Ingredients: Black Eyed Peas, Corn, Diced Tomatoes and Avocado, Leeks, Cilantro

Dressing: 1/4 cup EVOO, 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar, 2 cloves crushed garlic, 1 teaspoon cumin, salt and pepper.

I served the healthy appetizer with not so healthy tortilla chips but it made for a fun way to start the evening! Perfect snack to eat just as a side dish or salad as well!

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For our main course, Rebecca prepared a bed of arugula that was tossed in a light balsamic dressing. Smashed (not completely mashed) potatoes on the side with perfectly oven-grilled chicken. She neatly placed two rolled up pieces of prosciutto on top with basil leaves as garnish. Finally, the sauce was a combination of vegetable stock and creme fraîche-salty, buttery, amazing. It was poured over the top of everything and brought the entire dish together. Fabulous, fabulous, fabulous!

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For dessert, Malin brought the ingredients to make Gino, very typical in Sweden. I had never had it before so I was intrigued. You layer the bottom of a glass pan with sliced bananas, strawberries, and kiwis. Grate white chocolate over the top and bake in the oven until you see some action happening! The chocolate should be a little golden. Serve it with ice cream and it is absolutely delectable!

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Yum! Loved this evening, despite being jokingly reminded that the Finns were once owned by the Swedes! We’ll leave that dispute for another day!


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2 responses to “Dinner with Girlfriends

  1. Marina

    Wow! Sounds like a great evening!

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