Dinner For Eight

by HEAB on September 8, 2012

We used to go out with our friends, Nick and Whitney every few months for pizza night…

One of our get-togethers pre-babies.  At the time, I was about five months pregnant with Summer.

Getting together is a little more challenging now that there are four kids total between both families, but we missed our pizza dates!  So, we invited Nick and Whitney over for pizza at our place…meaning I went and picked up take-out.

NY Pie – my new favorite pizza place in town.

The veggie pie was delicious – fresh mozz, spinach, mushrooms, and tomatoes.  I hear the meat pizza was good too, but I was too busy inhaling veggies to try it.  Plus, there was little room left for pizza on my plate since it was filled with Whitney’s delicious salad…

Spinach, pears, goat cheese, pecans, and fresh figs with a balsamic vinaigrette dressing.  Totally my kind of salad and totally delicious.  Thanks again Whitney!

Time for dessert.  My one homemade contribution to the meal…

Almond Flour Soft Baked Chocolate Chip Cookies

Adapted from Elana’s Pantry’s Chocolate Chip Cookies



  • 2 cups blanched almond flour
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened (amazing with Kerrygold!)
  • 1 TBSP vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1 cup chocolate chips


  • Preheat oven to 350°F
  • Stir together dry ingredients.
  • Combine wet ingredients and stir together with flour mixture.
  • Fold in chocolate chips.
  • Refrigerate dough for thirty minutes.
  • Form cookie dough balls with a TBSP (I used a melon ball scooper).  Then press each dough ball onto parchment or foil lined baking sheets 2 inches apart.
  • Bake 10 minutes.
  • Cool at least 20 minutes before serving.


These cookies are soft and dough-like and pair really well with vanilla ice-cream.   The perfect ending to a lovely evening with good food and friends.

What’s your favorite meal to cook for guests or do you just get take-out?  I used to completely stress out when people were coming over for dinner.  The house had to be spotless, the food had to be perfect, etc.  Now there are toys strewn all over the place, and half the time when people arrive, we are in the middle of putting at least one child to bed while our dogs bark like crazy in-between trying to steal the half-prepared dinner off the counter.  Crazy times at our house, but I’m much more relaxed and mellow.  The cleaning and cooking can wait.  Now it’s more about just being with our friends. In other words, I’m thinking take-out needs to happen more often around here! :)