Thursday, June 7, 2012

Spanish Tapas Dinner Party

Dinner parties!!  They're so much fun!  I love to gather all my current favorite recipes and newly acquired skills and put them to good use!  Last year, Tim and I had just taken a bar-tending class so we made drinks from scratch.  This year, we recently took a Spanish Tapas cooking class at Hipcooks as part of our year full of dates!

The class was SO much fun!  If they weren't so pricey, we'd be taking them a lot more!  I snagged a Groupon deal for this class for half off! 
This must be why Tim calls me a messy cook!
So we made the olives, nuts, and hummus as appetizers for our dinner party!!  They were all so simple but looks so amazing in their serving dishes!  And, I made most of it days in advance!

Marinated Olives:  All I did was combine some queens, kalamatas, and regular green olives with some minced garlic, a touch of olive oil, chopped parsley, and lemon rinds.  Then they sat in the fridge for days to absorb the flavor.

Candied Nuts: I just picked up a bag of unsalted mixed nuts from the store, and simple sauteed them with brown sugar, vegan butter, more parsley and a touch of salt and hot sauce.  After they cooled in a single layer in the freezer, I broke them apart and stored them in a air tight container until the party!

Spanish Hummus: All you do here is use your food processor to smooth a can of chickpeas, a clove of garlic, the juice of one lemon, sea salt, parsley, and about a tablespoon of ground cumin!  Sooo yummy!  Sprinkle paprika on the top to serve!

I learned in class that Mediterranean hummus is so tangy because of the tahini sauce that's added, while Spanish hummus doesn't contain that.  I'm so glad I learned that, because it's the tahini that I don't like in hummus! 

The best part of the night, however, were the cupcakes.  Oh. My. Goodness.  I made Chef Chloe's Chocolate Strawberry Shortcakes recipe, the first one to win the Cupcake Wars for her, and omg people- these are the best cupcakes in the world!
My dad actually ate three at dinner, while almost everyone else had two.  And then I had another later...and made a second batch in the know, because I had so much leftover frosting, I needed to!

And because I seem to never be able to post a blog with fewer than 1000 pictures, here are a few more from the party!

Here's that fun new chalkboard, being useful as a menu board!

Have any of you made any fun recipes lately?


  1. So classy! We aren't really dinner party people, but this makes me want to be!

  2. Everything was delicious and pretty. Thanks for the great evening.

  3. It was all wonderful! We really enjoyed it! Thanks for having us!

  4. I love the chalkboard idea! The cupcakes look so good. You have amazing ideas!!


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