Thursday, December 20, 2007

Cumin-Roasted Potatoes and Bacon-Wrapped Dates

Cumin Roasted Potatoes with Smoked Salmon
Wednesday I entered my kitchen for the first time in nearly a month. Well, that's not quite true--seeing as our "kitchen" is really just one wall of our "living room" in our tiny Manhattan apartment, I enter it all the time. But pull out the knives, turn on the oven and follow a recipe? It's been awhile.

But on Monday of this week, I took my last final, turned in my last paper and officially finished my first semester of grad school. How to celebrate? With a fab holiday party of course--as the prosecco flowed, everyone gobbled up bacon-wrapped, parmesan stuffed dates and cumin roasted potatoes topped with smoked salmon and creme fraiche. For the recipes, click the links. The dates can be prepared ahead of time--just store on a baking sheet in the fridge until you want to cook them. With the potatoes, be sure to follow the instructions and roast them cut-side down on the pan--they'll develop a lovely crispy-crunchy skin. Also, I skipped the caviar on the potatos--I am just a grad student after all.

School doesn't start again until late January, so watch this space! Over the next few weeks I'll be reacquainting myself with the kitchen and cooking up a storm (I hope!).


Nina said...

Good to hear that you're back at work in the kitchen again! Those dates are atomically good - and, hm, have an LA (Goin) touch. :) I usually make half w/ parmesan and half w/ blue cheese... and end up eating twice as much.

East Meets West Kitchen said...

You had me at Cumin!
Here's wishing you and yours Happy Holidays! :D

musiklvr said...

looking forward to more recipes while you have down time.

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ann said...

Happy New Year Erin! I'm so impressed you were able to wedge people into your Manhattan apartment for a party! You're becoming a true New Yorker now ;-)