Who’s The Moosiest Moose We Know?

by HEAB on January 23, 2011

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CD, Summer, and I hosted a lovely little dinner party tonight. The table was set…

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Our friends arrived, and we sat down to a delicious meal.

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From left to right: Summer (hiding in her carrier), CD, Whitney, Nick, Brianne, Dan, and my new bowl, a gift from reader Carolyn. :)

We dined on salad, lentil stew, and cornbread.

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Lentil stew courtesy of Kristin, and cornbread courtesy of Polly.

Our friend Kristin brought us this lentil stew for dinner the week after Summer was born, and CD and I have been talking about it ever since. So, I asked Kristin for the recipe, and we made it for our friends tonight. Thanks so much Kristin – it was a hit!

Ingredients:

2 onions

4 to 5 carrots

4 stalks celery

2 small white potatoes

2 TBSP Butter

3 chicken breasts

5 strips cooked bacon

1 package andouille chicken sausage (Trader Joe’s brand. Comes with 4 sausages)

2 packages Trader Joe’s steamed lentils

chicken broth

Salt and pepper

Directions:

Chop and saute vegetables in a large pot with butter until tender.

Chop chicken, sausage and bacon into bite-sized pieces and add to pot.

Add chicken broth – enough to cover veggies and meat. Cover pot and simmer over low heat for 45 minutes.

Add lentils and cook another 15 minutes.

Use an immersion blender, food processor, or blender to puree soup just a little bit, enough to shred chicken, but not so much that you turn everything to mush – leave some texture.

Salt and pepper to taste.

Then came dessert…

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I made a vanilla almond flour cake inspired by the Very Vanilla Cupcake recipe from The Almond Flour Cookbook.

Ingredients:

2 large eggs, separated

1/4 cup coconut oil

1/2 cup maple syrup

1 TBSP vanilla extract

1 TBSP apple cider vinegar

2 & 1/2 cups blanched almond flour

1/2 tsp sea salt

1/2 tsp baking soda

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350℉. Grease round cake pan.

In a large bowl, whisk the eggs yolks until pale yellow with a handheld mixer, then whisk in coconut oil, maple syrup, vanilla, and vinegar. In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs whites to stiff peaks with a hand held mixer. Gently fold the egg whites into the yolk mixtures.

In a separate bowl, combine the almond flour, salt, and baking soda, then gently fold into the egg mixture. Spoon the batter into cake pan.

Bake for 20-30 min, until the top of the cake is golden brown or a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Allow the cake to cool in the pan for 30 minutes; the center will sink just a bit – that is normal.

I frosted the cake with Sarena’s 7-Minute Icing, using 1 tsp vanilla extract in place of the vanilla stevia drops. Amazing recipe Sarena. AMAZING! Alongside our cake, we enjoyed some homemade vanilla coconut milk ice-cream.

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Who knew making your own coconut milk ice-cream was so easy? I will never spend $6 on a pint of that stuff again! The cake turned out perfect – dense, but very moist (sorry, but it was), and I will definitely be making it again along with Sarena’s icing.

What a fun night with great food and friends. I love hosting dinner get-togethers.

Some exciting news to share from around the blogosphere…

To all my carob lovin’ friends, It’s carob weekend over at The District Chocoholic, and I have no doubt that Victoria will wow us with some of her carob creations. I can’t wait to see what she comes up with!

Also, for all you Academy Awards fans out there, Abby is hosting a Virtual Oscars Extravaganza Cook-Off. I can’t wait – I love watching the Oscars!

Time for me to get to bed. Night. :)

P.S. Anyone get my post title reference?

{ 87 comments }

Heather January 23, 2011 at 2:09 am

National Lampoon’s! Haha! Love it!

Dinner looks great, but dessert looks fantastic!! I am definitely going to have to make some of Sarena’s icing! I saw it the other day and couldn’t help but drool!

Sleep well! Can’t wait to see you tomorrow, err today! ;)

HEAB January 23, 2011 at 11:34 am

Heather,
Yes, I’m so excited about lunch. See you soon! :)

Samantha January 23, 2011 at 4:38 am

Your dinner parties always look so warm and inviting! The lentil soup is going on my “must make” meal plan for next week. YUM!

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) January 23, 2011 at 5:44 am

Wow, what an awesome party and great eats!

It all looks delish! But of course…you know I personally would HAVE to sample that cake. And the icing! I have seen Sarena’s recipe for that and now I just have to make it! Just to have, not necessarily b/c I have a cake made or anything. I love frosting that much :)

And I love how Summer is just chillin’ in the bucket carrier. Those things are SO heavy and clunky but being able to transport a sleeping baby around your house (or the grocery store) is kinda awesome. Enjoy the next 3 mos or so. Before you know it…crawling will happen. And that’s when the party really starts!

:)

HEAB January 23, 2011 at 11:36 am

Averie,
I definitely have a love/hate relationship with that carrier. It’s like Summer’s LaZBoy but that thing is so heavy! Oh well, makes for some good strength training throughout the day. :)

Little Bookworm January 23, 2011 at 6:23 am

That cake looks amazing! Hope you are having a great weekend Heather! :)

VeggieGirl January 23, 2011 at 6:25 am

Incredible recipes and fun times!

The post title = National Lampoon’s Vacation :D

lindsay January 23, 2011 at 7:16 am

so are we going to see a new line of HEAB coconut ice cream in the whole foods next? i’d buy it of course!
Looks like a great night for friends and food!
LC

HEAB January 23, 2011 at 11:43 am

Lindsay,
Ha – maybe. CD did a little cost analysis, and we figured it cost us about $6 to make 3.5 pints worth of ice-cream. A much better deal!

Abby @ Have Dental Floss, Will Travel January 23, 2011 at 7:23 am

Thanks for the shout out, Heather!

I love the moose bowl. One of my lifelong ambitions is to spot a moose. No luck so far, though I know for a fact that I biked right by one during a race up in northern New England last summer. Problem was, it was 2:00 in the morning and my helmet-mount light wasn’t working, so I couldn’t turn and see him :)

HEAB January 23, 2011 at 11:44 am

Abby,
Too funny. I was determined to see a moose when I went camping in Jackson Hole, but no such luck. :(

Abby @ Have Dental Floss, Will Travel January 23, 2011 at 9:28 pm

Heather, you must have some magical powers – my blog had more views today than it’s ever had in a single day!

Alexandra (Veggin' Out in the Kitchen) January 23, 2011 at 7:28 am

What a delicious looking dinner! I want to come next time you host a dinner party ;)
And I will definitely be following the District Chocoholic over the next few days :)

Hannah January 23, 2011 at 7:35 am

What a fabulous, fabulous night of friends and food! I’m definitely going to try the almond vanilla cake, albeit with almond meal as I’ve never seen almond flour in Australia. It might be a bit more dense (?) but I’m sure it’ll still be tasty!

HEAB January 23, 2011 at 11:44 am

Hannah,
I think the cake will work with the almond meal. Enjoy! It’s delicious. :)

Kelly January 23, 2011 at 7:56 am

Does your title have something to do with Bullwinkle? He’s the only moose I know. :)

HEAB January 23, 2011 at 12:16 pm

Kelly,
It’s part of the Wally World theme song from the movie, Vacation. :)

Matt @ The Kitchen of a Runner January 23, 2011 at 8:11 am

Looks like a great night!

Happy weekend Heather!

Lauren at KeepItSweet January 23, 2011 at 8:13 am

Looks like a fun night and that lentil stew looks wonderful!

Erika @ FoodFitnessFun January 23, 2011 at 8:18 am

All of that food looks so good! You sure know how to host a dinner party! :-)

Nicole January 23, 2011 at 8:21 am

I have a 3 pound bag of lentils and I’ve been looking for a stew to make since I’ve made about 3 pots of lentil soup in the past month. Something to look forward to.

I didn’t get the moose reference although it sounded familiar. (sigh)

And it’s not even 8:30 yet and I’m already pumped for football. I know CD is too! ;) Happy Sunday!!

HEAB January 23, 2011 at 12:18 pm

Nicole,
Ha, CD was already talking about the game last night, and I have a feeling I won’t see my husband all afternoon. :)

The title is lyrics from the Wally World theme song from the movie, Vacation.

chelsey @ clean eating chelsey January 23, 2011 at 8:29 am

Sadly, I have no idea what the title is a reference to. :( BUT! That cake and ice cream look insane! I also love the lentils from TJ’s – they are my favorite!

jen @ taste life January 23, 2011 at 8:44 am

That cake looks fabulous, Heather! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

ashley@quasichick January 23, 2011 at 8:58 am

Your table set up is beautiful and I wish I had been invited, everything looks delicious! I just love your blog and all the incredible recipes you provide :)

HEAB January 23, 2011 at 12:18 pm

Thanks Ashley. :)

Evan Thomas January 23, 2011 at 9:02 am

Great cake recipe! I’m sure I can find an excuse around here to make it. Too much cake is hardly a problem.

Carolyn January 23, 2011 at 9:16 am

It’s the Marty bowl now..

HEAB January 23, 2011 at 12:19 pm

Carolyn,
Yep, it’s official. It’s my Marty bowl now. :)

Stacie @ Imperfectly Healthy January 23, 2011 at 9:18 am

Marty Moose! Who’s the star of our favorite show? Marty Moose! :) I grew up watching Vacation!

HEAB January 23, 2011 at 12:19 pm

Stacie,
I did too – I love Chevy Chase! :)

Liz @ Tip Top Shape January 23, 2011 at 9:31 am

I love your tableware!! It looks so earthy!

HEAB January 23, 2011 at 12:20 pm

Thanks Liz. We got it from Target three years ago. I love anything chocolate brown. :)

Andrea@WellnessNotes January 23, 2011 at 9:38 am

Looks & sounds like an awesome party! I’m going to make that lentil stew very soon! And even though I really don’t bake, I’m tempted to try to make the cake, too. It looks and sounds awesome!

Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) January 23, 2011 at 9:39 am

I have everything to make all of this! Great menu. I would have loved to have been at that dinner party! YUM! Oh and I thought of you Friday when I was at Publix, I looked on their clearance wrack, which I never do, and found three bags of xanthan gum for $3.50 each. Um, yeah, I bought them! I felt like such a hoarder. I want to make ice cream now!

HEAB January 23, 2011 at 12:21 pm

Sarena,
Seriously? XG is like $17 a bag or something crazy at Whole Foods. Major score!

Loved your icing so much – thanks again for the recipe. :)

Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) January 23, 2011 at 5:47 pm

So, I made a lemon meringue pie today using the seven minute icing and removing the water from the recipe…perfection. I just edited the original to say that. I think it works either way, but when I removed the water, it toasted up so nicely in the broiler. Thanks for sharing the recipe with others, it is a family favorite here.

Katy (The Singing Runner) January 23, 2011 at 10:11 am

I love dinner parties, but don’t have them very often! I really should! :D

Baking 'n' Books January 23, 2011 at 10:19 am

I thought you were eating moose – I love moose :)

That stew looks delish – but I could sub in regular chicken versus the sausage? That cake! Wow – and I have to check out your ice-cream recipe! But I’m guessing you used your Vita? And you have to freeze it after?

Helen January 23, 2011 at 10:20 am

Love dinner parties :) I haven’t had one in a while…Valentine’s is coming up so we will have one then. We have a tradition with another couple for a romantic dinner every year! I really need to try to make my own ice cream. We use to have the homemade stuff all the time when I was younger….uh you know the very unhealthy kind….but nothing tastes like homemade ice cream (sigh).

HEAB January 23, 2011 at 12:23 pm

Helen,
I’m the same way. We love having people over, and I don’t know we don’t do it more often.

The homemade ice-cream was so easy, and CD and I figured out that we made about 3.5 pints for around $6. Can’t beat that!

Katie January 23, 2011 at 10:30 am

I love hosting dinner parties. 90% of the time, I go the soup/salad/bread route for its crowd-pleaser factor. And who can say no to dessert?

Next week, after my no sugar week is over, I am so making this! In cupcake form, because I’d eat the whole thing otherwise. ;)

Whitney January 23, 2011 at 10:44 am

Thanks so much for having us- we had a great time! I can’t wait to make that cake- it was so good! Guess it’s time to buy some almond flour :)

Hope yall have a good Sunday, and Go Bears (for CD)!

HEAB January 23, 2011 at 12:25 pm

Whitney,
Yes, it was great to see you guys, and you should definitely try the cake. I’ve never cooked with it, but I know TJ’s sells almond meal over in their nut aisle. I think it would work for the cake. I want to make it again – CD finished off what was left last night. :)

Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn January 23, 2011 at 10:48 am

That cake looks out of this WORLD, I love Elena’s recipes, and I can’t wait to try this one! And I really ought to make my own ice cream, Luna and Larry’s is not cheap stuff:)

Jess@atasteofconfidence January 23, 2011 at 11:26 am

Looks like a fun night- and I love your moose bowl!

Eliz@The Sweet Life January 23, 2011 at 11:39 am

Looks like a wonderful, cozy meal! Bet Summer is looking forward to being able to share these meals.

Ana January 23, 2011 at 11:50 am

Great party you guys had Heather! The lentil stew looks so delicious, I will be trying it around here soon (love lentils!). The cake looks great too, and I love the idea of the ice cream, will make it for sure! (I am on a major coconut kick lately!)
Thanks for sharing all the delicious recipes!
Ana

Katherine: Unemployed January 23, 2011 at 11:51 am

I love how fun/casual this is (esp with dan in his running shoes :) )

HEAB January 23, 2011 at 12:27 pm

Katherine,
Haha – so funny you noticed Dan’s shoes. They’re new, and he was excited about them. :)

Moni'sMeals January 23, 2011 at 12:02 pm

what a lovely dinner set up. The food… WOW! So amazing and that vanilla cake….what a great night!
I heart your salad bowl too. :)

Happy Sunday Heather!

Disturbed January 23, 2011 at 12:04 pm

So, random question. I know you are vegan (or even vegetarian for that matter), but do you ever try to veganfy recipes for health reasons-just to make the recipe healthier, or I guess a better question is what exactly do you do to recipes when you try to make them healthier?

HEAB January 23, 2011 at 12:28 pm

Disturbed,
I rarely try to veganfy recipes, but it sometimes just happens since I don’t eat much dairy. I’m a big meat and egg person, and usually just try to cut back on sugar.

Disturbed January 23, 2011 at 1:23 pm

You sound like one of my friends-he rarely will have any milk but could eat piles of meat and eggs all day long. He says he feels best with little milk but still with meat and eggs. Fair enough, I think everyone has to find the diet that words best for their body.

HEAB January 23, 2011 at 11:10 pm

Disturbed,
Yep, I agree. :)

Tess January 23, 2011 at 12:12 pm

Congratulations on the impressive dinner party. I thought I would never enter the real world’s activities after having a baby….fortunately I did. You did it and had an awesome party at that!!! I just bought The Almond Flour Cookbook!!!! I can’t wait to try the recipe. Have a restful day, Tess

HEAB January 23, 2011 at 12:30 pm

Tess,
You’ll love Elana’s cookbook. There are still so many recipes in there I’m anxious to try!

Gill (snaxandthecity) January 23, 2011 at 1:13 pm

Looks great! Especially the stew – I’ll be making that!

lauren @ spiced plate January 23, 2011 at 1:48 pm

I think we have the same square plates! Well, I only have one of them. but I love it.

and those lentils look fantastic!

HEAB January 23, 2011 at 11:03 pm

Lauren,
We got the dishes at Target 3 or 4 years ago. I love them too. :)

Kate (What Kate is Cooking) January 23, 2011 at 2:15 pm

I had a nightmare about moose when I was a kid and I’ve never thought the same of them since!

Emma January 23, 2011 at 2:40 pm

Your dinner party looks fun – that salad bowl is lovely! Cake looks delicious too – can I come to your next one?! Haha =)

HEAB January 23, 2011 at 11:03 pm

Emma,
Of course! :)

Halley (Blunder Construction) January 23, 2011 at 2:41 pm

Mmm.. that frosting looks just like one that my mom made growing up. Always on top of chocolate cake, shiny white frosting, topped with coconut. I didn’t like coconut as a kid, but now I realize how much of a fool I was. Bet you’d love extra coconut on top, too!

HEAB January 23, 2011 at 11:03 pm

Halley,
Yes, I would. :) If it makes you feel any better, I was foolish enough to hate sweet potatoes my entire childhood. What was I thinking?!?

rebecca lustig January 23, 2011 at 4:11 pm

cute bowl! :)

Corey @ the runners cookie January 23, 2011 at 4:42 pm

What a fun dinner party! Both the chili and the almond flour cake sound wonderful. I love the idea of chicken, bacon and lentils all in the same meal – I bet that was some delicious chili with the cornbread!

HEAB January 23, 2011 at 11:02 pm

Corey – it was! :)

J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) January 23, 2011 at 4:52 pm

OMG, I wish I knew where to buy that moose bowl! My husband is CRAZY about moose!! In fact, we have a pet stuffed Ty beanie moose :oops: LOL

That almond flour cake looks AMAZING! I have the cookbook, I need to make it. I made almond flour (grain-free!) cookies the other day with almond flour. They turned out like brownies!! I think you’d like them. Although, I’m sure you’d HEABIfy them!! haha :D

http://www.j3nn.net/2011/01/19/grain-and-gluten-free-chocolate-chocolate-chip-cookies/

Christin@purplebirdblog January 23, 2011 at 5:33 pm

I love moose faces. They are so cute and dopey looking! :)

The Dainty Pig January 23, 2011 at 5:34 pm

Wow—everything looks so delicious!!
Yum, I seriously want some of that cake right now :)

HEAB January 23, 2011 at 11:01 pm

Dainty Pig,
Yeah, I do to – too bad we finished it off last night. :(

carolinebee January 23, 2011 at 6:02 pm

Love your brown dishware and wooden bowl- i have a cutting board like that from costa rica :D sooo pretty…
Look at youuuuu and CD, hosting dinner parties and everythang- Summer is in for some serious attention-getting..love it! :D

Alexandra (Veggin' Out in the Kitchen) January 23, 2011 at 7:33 pm

I just posted a delicious carob recipe on my blog! If you get some time, check it out – I think you would like it :)

Alyssa January 23, 2011 at 8:15 pm

Heather! Those recipes all look amazing! Can you post the ice cream recipe?? :-)

HEAB January 23, 2011 at 11:00 pm

Alyssa,
It was super easy. I blended 3 cans coconut milk together with 1/2 cup maple syrup, 2 TBSP of vanilla extract, and a pinch of salt. I then refrigerated it for 2 hours and blended again and then churned it in my Cuisinart ice-cream make until it reached the consistency of soft serve. I then scooped it into a tupperware container and stuck it in the freezer. If you make it, let it thaw a few minutes before serving. Delicious! :)

Gena January 23, 2011 at 8:51 pm

Lentil soup and cornbread! A few vegan touches, and this is my kinda dinner. Lovely meal, Heather!

Cailin @ Stir Crazy January 23, 2011 at 8:57 pm

This is getting me excited for the cornbread and chili I’m making this week :) Now all I need to do is make something sweet to finish it all off!

Everything looks delicious Heather! Nothing like good food with good friends!

jenny January 23, 2011 at 9:15 pm

all the food look positively scrumptious!! especially the cornbread (and i’m not even a bread person).

Pure2raw twins January 23, 2011 at 9:28 pm

OMG I have….no I need to make this cake and that ice cream, YUM!

HEAB January 23, 2011 at 10:56 pm

Pure2Raw,
Yes, yes you do! :)

Baking Serendipity January 23, 2011 at 10:06 pm

I love dinner parties! All your food looks fantastic…especially the stew!

Kathleen @ Kat's Health Corner January 23, 2011 at 10:06 pm

Dessert is the best part! :) Your cake is stunning! Can you send me a slice? :D

HEAB January 23, 2011 at 10:45 pm

Kathleen,
I totally would if we hadn’t eaten it all last night. It was all gone by 10 PM. ;)

Smriti Kirubanandan January 23, 2011 at 11:20 pm

The almond flour cake looks great-I would just dip my face in it!!!
And I tried Butternut squash with egg whites-And it was Fantastic-influenced by your carrot-egg dish.

Hope you had a great weekend!
Smriti

HEAB January 23, 2011 at 11:23 pm

Smriti,
Yeah, I pretty much wanted to dip my face in the cake too. Hehe. So glad you enjoyed your squash/egg combo. I bet it was really good with butternut!

Victoria (District Chocoholic) January 24, 2011 at 2:47 pm

Thanks so much for mentioning carob weekend! It was a cool little project.

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