New (to Me) Blogger on the Block Thursdays

by Cate on November 11, 2005

This is New (to me) Blogger on the Block Thursdays #2, as a way to keep me scoping out my fellow bloggers, and to introduce you to a new fun food blogger I discovered. This week’s honor goes to Hold the Raisins, a semi-new food blogger hailing from NY. With recipes for Crepes with Chocolate and Collard Greens (I love them) on the first page, I think I’m going to like this one. Check out her site when you get a minute.

Just got back from Supper Club, and another great night of food. As is typical with all Supper Clubs, I discovered terrific new recipes that I definitely would have passed on by if I had seen them in a cooking magazine myself. This month’s theme dish was Something with Cinnamon. Cinnamon-Pancetta Carbonara anyone? Julie made this one and for me, it was the hit of the night. A Giada DiLaurentiis recipe, it was creamy, flavorful and downright delicious. My second favorite was another pasta recipe, Penne with Pistachios, Asparagus and Cream, made by Zarina, followed by her Dilled Potato and Pickled Cucumber Salad. I know Nicholas will LOVE this salad, since his new favorite thing is cucumbers, even raw! Zarina also made some fantastic White Chocolate Fudge – I snagged a few pieces for tomorrow as even though I don’t have a big sweet tooth, I’m a sucker for anything with white chocolate – yum. It would make EXCELLENT holiday gifts. I loved, loved, loved, triple loved, the Spinach, Bacon and Artichoke Dip with Crispy Pitas, and it was a surprise hit for me. There are always a million spinach dip recipes floating around, so I didn’t think it would be anything exciting, but the sauteed garlic and shallots, coupled with the bacon, makes it, hands down, the best spinach dip I’ve had. The Indian Spinach with Chick Peas I made will NOT be a repeater for me. Just not enough distinguishable flavor, if any. I also, at the last minute, decided to make Almond Cookie Brittle, which I’ve made before — another easy one. The full round-up is below, and I’ll start loading the recipes on our NJ Supper Club site tomorrow.

When Nicholas found out I was having “dinner with the ladies,” he begged to make something completely on his own for me to bring. He asked for a mixing bowl and a spoon, some raisins and more than a little olive oil. We’re calling it Olive Oil-Drenched Raisins. Not really edible, of course, but he was so cute in the kitchen, pursing his lips as he stirred his concoction until it was just right.

So Serious!

Nicholas’ Creation – Olive Oil-Drenched Raisins

All for tonight folks. I think Nicholas and his Girlfriend have a date tomorrow night, so tune in to find out what’s on tap. Until then…

November 2005 Supper Club Round-Up
Pumpkin Pancakes with Root Beer Syrup, Caramelized Bananas and Cinnamon Whipped Cream
Cinnamon Pancetta Carbonara
Orange and Cinnamon Crusted Pecans
Dilled Potato and Pickled Cucumber Salad
Carrot Spritzer
Penne with Pistachios, Asparagus and Cream
White Chocolate Fudge
Stuffed Poached Pears with Custard Sauce
Coconut Chicken Bites
Cranberry Cheese Spread
Hot Cider Rum Punch
Roasted Brussels Sprouts
Barbara’s Watch Hill Sour Cream Coffeecake

Barbara’s Watch Hill Sour Cream Coffee Cake

Cranberry Cheese Spread with Crackers

Spinach, Bacon and Artichoke Dip with Crispy Pitas

Penne with Pistachios, Asparagus and Cream

Pumpkin Pancakes with Root Beer Syrup, Caramelized Bananas and Cinnamon Whipped Cream

Cinnamon Pancetta Carbonara

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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Catesa November 11, 2005 at 6:12 pm

all i can say is YUM. those pumpkin pancakes would be reaaally good right now ;)


Meg November 11, 2005 at 7:03 pm

Mmmmm! I can’t wait to see that recipe for White Chocolate Fudge! I love white chocolate!
Is the Giada recipe in her Everday Italian book? I’ve been trying to decide if I should buy that one or not.


Alysha November 12, 2005 at 1:17 am

What I’m dying to know is…were you asked to sample one of the oil-drenched raisins???? If so, how did they taste??? :-D


Cate November 13, 2005 at 1:16 am

Alysha – luckily I was NOT asked to sample. I did put them out on the table for Supper Club, just so I could tell him I did, but, of course, they came home untouched. ;) He was so serious about his mixing, using certain utensils, etc., it was very cute.

Meg – I put the White Chocolate Fudge recipe up. Very simple and delicious. The Giada recipe is NOT in her cookbook (I just checked), but I put it on the side bar here, and on our Supper Club web site (

Catesa – they were GREAT!


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