Appetizer: Chocolate and Brie Panini. Brilliant recipe by Giada. I saw her make this on Oprah last year and I was very curious about it. And then Kim suggested it, I was like, “Yes!” It was definitely as delicious as I thought it would be. The chocolate, surprisingly, wasn’t very sweet and went very well with the brie. What a perfect Sunday brunch item.
Entree: Gnocchi with Broccoli Rabe, Caramelized Garlic and Parmesan. This recipe did not turn out as well as expected due to a whoopsies. She misread the recipe and thought it said four heads of garlic, not four cloves. Needless to say, the gnocchi had an intense garlic flavor. So, really, I can’t say if this was a good dish or not, we’ll have to try it again at a later date, with the correct measurements.
Side Dishes: Pan-Grilled Tomato and Feta Salad and Honey-Glazed Carrots. The honey-glazed carrots are a simple side dish to whip up and will go well with any entree. The salad was interesting and flavorful. The lemon vinaigrette was a nice balance with the feta and tomatoes.
Dessert: Kristy’s Apple Cake. So, my old college roommate shared with me this awesome apple cake and I thought I would make it for dinner. It was a hit. The cake was moist, chockfull of shredded apples. The topping gave the cake a nice buttery, sweet crust. Thank you, Kristy, for this fantastic recipe!