Reality Check. Yup, the photo above is staged. You can tell because (A) appetizers never look this organized on a plate and (B) never during this game did one of us get assigned the task of drawing something as easy as a “martini.” The game was Telestrations and it was a ton of fun – so much so that I forgot to take any shots of us playing the game. I highly recommend it for the holidays with friends and family. It’s a mix of Pictionary and a good ol’ game of “telephone” – one person starts with drawing the photo and passes it to the next to guess what it is and write it down, followed by the next person drawing what the prior person wrote down on the pad, and so on. Again, the “martini” clue doesn’t do it justice, but it’s hard to recreate the picture of an ant hill that Trevor began a round with, which ended up “supply and demand” by the time the notepad circled back to him.
Baked Garlic Nuts
(from The Forest Feast)
2 heads of garlic (about 20 peeled cloves)
1 T finely chopped rosemary
1 cup unsalted raw mixed nuts
2 t olive oil
1/4 t truffle salt
Mix and roast all ingredients but the nuts on a baking sheet at 350 degrees for 15 minutes or until garlic is soft and golden.
Then mix in the nuts on the same baking sheet and roast for another 5 minutes. Salt to taste.
(from the Vitamix cookbook, Create | yield: 2 cups)
1/4 cup butter, softened
8 oz package cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup pickled onions, well-drained
2 T sherry
1 thin slice lemon
8 oz cooked, peeled, deveined, tail off small shrimp (thaw and drain well if frozen)
1/4 cup fresh parsley sprigs
Mix butter, cream cheese, onions, sherry and lemon in food processor or blender until smooth.
Add shrimp and blend until finely chopped.
Add parsley and pulse until blended.
Refrigerate for at least 4 hours or blend flavors.
Cider and Whiskey Cocktail
(from the Vitamix cookbook, Create | yield: 1 1/2 cups)
1/2 cup fresh apple cider
2 oz bourbon whiskey
1 T real maple syrup
1/4 small lemon, peeled, seeded
1 cup ice cubes (if serving chilled, we served warm)
Blend all ingredients until desired consistency is reached.
*I blended all ingredients but the whiskey, then we headed the mixture on the stove at my friends house and let the guests add whiskey as desired.