Monday, July 5, 2010

Food From the Fourth

My daughter went to a party and The Blog Tech had a party at is house. This meant that I had a lot of cooking to do. Their first request was for stuffed jalapenos. They each requested a million of these.

These take forever and a day to make because first you must scrape the seeds and veins out of the peppers. The seeds go everywhere and stick to everything and the juice flies out so you have to be careful not to be blinded by it. You also have to be cautious and not rub your eyes or any other mucous membrane or any sensitive area or you will experience searing pain of which I know only too well. Years ago I was making these and rubbed my eye. I immediately fell to the ground, the pain was so intense. I pulled myself over to the refrigerator and grabbed a pint of cream and poured it into my eye. Dairy neutralizes the burning agent in hot peppers, i.e., sour cream served with Mexican food. The pain went away immediately but I smelled like baby barf. It was an experience I will never forget.

But these babies are worth it.

We set out some candy coated chocolate cherries as treats.

And the quintessential salt water taffy.

I made a new recipe for pasta salad. Shells with celery and a creamy lemon dressing sprinkled with celery salt.

And the pasta salad with sun-dried tomatoes that I make way too often but no one can get enough of it.

Mini ham sliders on homemade buns....remember the hundred buns from the other day?

Oh...and did I mention that I made a million of these?

And that everyone ate several hundred each? These are stuffed with cream cheese and 'Little Smokies' sausages, then wrapped in bacon. What's not to love?

The Blog Tech's table.

The hamburger sliders were a huge hit!

Julia Chow was too hot to help with the cooking but she did help with the eating.

My daughter made these luscious mini carrot cake cupcakes.

And I made individual banana puddings.

I topped them with fresh berries for a more festive look. The Blog Tech said his friends ate 2-3 of these each and even took some with them when they left.

I also made many more dishes all of which I forgot to photograph.

Tomorrow I will show you the fireworks.

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