Feature Friday: An evening with Rebecca
The top right photo is of the beautiful hostess (Rebecca) and yours truly. Immediately to the right of that photo you will see our supervisor, Julian. To his right, you will see a picture of Clementine (she kept an eye on us from her perch in the dresser). The final picture in the first row is a shot of a guilty Aaron licking the last of the chocolate from the pan.
Mel starts out the second row with a smirk of amusement (exactly 2 seconds after this photo was taken we both dove into that delicious bowl of popcorn). Next up is our hostess enjoying the last spoonful of her peanut butter cup. And lastly, we have Aaron, Rebbecca, and Mel showing off an amazing recipe from the Joy of Jello cookbook. (Yes, you read that right.) Did you see the picture that I posted of one of its recipes? It’s awesome/awful!
There were several different types of fish that she put on the grill, and I’m afraid I do not know what any of them were. As the fish cooked up, Rebecca threw some cut up potatoes into the oven to bake and then prepared the clams. The clams were ready before everything else, so they became our appetizers as we hung out in the kitchen sipping on our tasty wine.
Once the fish were flaky and cooked through, we each loaded up our plates and sat down to feast. My plate was overflowing with yummy goodness!
The lineup included fish, potatoes, roasted cauliflower and zucchini, and kimchi (from my recent trip to Grand Asia). I know that I ate at least two different types of fish, and both were phenomenal. The entire meal (company included) was amazing.
As if we hadn’t stuffed ourselves silly with fish and veggies… there were two desserts that were next on the menu.
Dessert 1 – Bacon, Cashew, and Cranberry Popcorn
If you’re like Rebecca, you hear the description of the popcorn and go “YUM!!!” If you’re like me, you hear it and go “huh?” And this is precisely why I think she’s so amazing: she isn’t afraid to try different combinations and wing the recipes. She’s learned what will work and what won’t, and if it doesn’t turn out – who cares? This particular treat was introduced by her mom and has been all the rave since Rebecca’s first batch.
I can’t begin to tell you how mind blowingly delicious this turned out. Mel and I could not stop grabbing handfuls of the stuff!
Ok. Here’s where I make you gasp… I don’t like peanut butter. Weird, right? Yes, I know. I hear that a lot. You have to cut me some slack though, because it’s not something I grew up with. The taste and texture freak me out! I do give it to the dog in her kong, does that count?
Mel had requested that Rebecca make her famous peanut butter cups. After super (as we munched on the popcorn), we got to work on these bad boys. The chocolate was melted and then painted inside of cupcake cups before being placed in the fridge to cool. Aaron then got to work on breaking up the graham crackers as Mel spooned out the peanut butter. Once the mix was ready, it was distributed into the cupcake cups. The last step was to cover the mix with a thick layer of chocolate before putting them back in the fridge for a bit.
Voila! Once those puppies were cool, we had a homemade peanut butter cup! How cool is that? I can’t personally vouch for the final product, but I did hear a lot of “mmmmmmmmmmm”s from around the table.
There you have it! My awesome evening at Rebecca’s with Mel and Aaron! I learned how to know when fish on the grill is ready. I learned how to make the most kick butt popcorn I have ever had. And I learned how to make homemade peanut butter cups. Full evening, don’t you think?
Thank you so much for having me over Rebecca!