2/12/12

Video Attempt: A Moveable Dinner Party

First things first: thank you to Ali and James for coming to dinner and committing to keeping the night moving. It was such a pleasure to sit in the bathtub together. Secondly, I must say, this is one of those moments I find myself so thankful for this small, creative outlet. Where else could I share my combined love for Barefoot Contessa, dancing, and having friends over for dinner? I hope you enjoy it!

Lentil Vegetable Soup
via Ina Garten
1 pound French green lentils (which is 2 1/2 cups lentils, which I think is really really good to know.)
4 cups chopped yellow onions (3 large onions)
4 cups chopped leeks, white part only (2 leeks)
1 tablespoon minced garlic (3 cloves)
1/4 cup good olive oil, plus additional for drizzling on top
1 tablespoon kosher salt
1 1/2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon minced fresh thyme leaves or 1 teaspoon dried
1 teaspoon ground cumin
3 cups medium-diced celery (8 stalks)
3 cups medium-diced carrots (4 to 6 carrots)
3 quarts chicken stock
1/4 cup tomato paste
2 tablespoons red wine or red wine vinegar
Freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Directions
In a large bowl, cover the lentils with boiling water and allow to sit for 15 minutes. Drain.

In a large stockpot on medium heat, saute the onions, leeks, and garlic with the olive oil, salt, pepper, thyme, and cumin for 20 minutes, until the vegetables are translucent and very tender. Add the celery and carrots and saute for 10 more minutes. Add the chicken stock, tomato paste, and lentils. Cover and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer uncovered for 1 hour, until the lentils are cooked through. Check the seasonings. Add the red wine and serve hot, drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled with grated Parmesan.

French Chocolate Bark via Ina Garten
8 ounces very good semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
8 ounces very good bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
1 cup whole roasted, salted cashews (I used peanuts, which worked fine. I think the important thing here is that the nuts be salted and roasted.)
1 cup chopped dried apricots
1/2 cup dried cranberries

Directions
Melt the 2 chocolates in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water.

Meanwhile, line a sheet pan with parchment paper. Using a ruler and a pencil, draw a 9 by 10-inch rectangle on the paper. Turn the paper facedown on the baking sheet.

Pour the melted chocolate over the paper and spread to form a rectangle, using the outline. Sprinkle the cashews, apricots and cranberries over the chocolate. Set aside for 2 hours until firm. Cut the bark in 1 by 3-inch pieces and serve at room temperature.
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51 comments:

  1. There is a 70% chance we did Ina proud!

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  2. AAHHHHHHH, this is the best video yet!! So funny!!! You really kept it moving. The closet scene slayed me.

    Oh and your food looked lovely!! Good work!

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  3. As always, you are hilarious! So much fun! I didn't realize that you could "eyeball it because it's soup!"

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    1. hahahaha. thanks, Jessica. And, yep, just another tip from the BA kitchen! ;)

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  4. Ina's never done bathtub bark! How easy is that??

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  5. This was great but while I was waiting for it to load I noticed the link to your Pivotal Moments. Thanks for taking me back to my Nana's kitchen. Not guite as crazy but still with the Nana and the dishes and most importantly the love.

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    1. aww, so glad you read it!! I just got the sweetest package from Grandma in the mail yesterday--she sent me her grandma's recipe book filled with all of these newspaper clippings from almost 100 years ago. it's so cool!! And I can't wait to make something from it.

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    2. Wow! What a treat to have. I love old cookbooks and the recipes written on scraps of paper passed on. Have fun making something!

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  6. Fantastic! Ina will be so proud when she sees this! ;)

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  7. I ALMOST FORGOT TO COMMENT ON THE RAD PARTY MUSIC!!!

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  8. Love, love, love this video attempt! Favourite part was the espresso in bed, hilarious! Hoping for many more of these :)

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  9. Ha!! Hysterical. My favorite video of yours yet!

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  10. *applause*

    Loved it, Amelia! I would totally be up for eating chocolate bark in a bathtub with you. Gosh, that sounded kinky, didn't it? Whoops.

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    1. ha!! and thanks. let's get a blogger meet-up dinner party on the books!

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  11. love your videos! the bedroom + closet scenes were hysterical.

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  12. So glad you all are laughing!! Nearly died from laughter during bathtub scene.

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  13. OK this was hysterical!! I agree the bathtub and the closet...so funny.

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  14. Amelia, you are so fun. Honestly, these always make me smile.

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  15. This is hilarious. You have literally made my day.

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  16. *like*

    Your face at the beginning= priceless. Way to cheer up MondaymorninggoAmelia!!!!!!

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  17. LOL! Ur videos are amazing! How do you make them??

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  18. i'm gonna have to agree with anonymous. HOW DO YOU MAKE YOUR VIDEOS???????????

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    1. hahhahaha thanks so much for your interest in our video-making capabilities, Joanna and Anonymous! To answer: it's totally Matt's department! He does all the sound, lights, camera and editing. Sooo, a big round of applause from me to him!

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  19. the dancing scene was the best!

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  20. "Giant Spider" has always been my favorite party song.

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    1. Great catch, Robb! You are probably one of three people that know that tune/demo beat explosion by name.

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  21. I freaken love you. Not in like a creepy way or anything. Well. Maybe.

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    1. ha! thanks, natasha. right back at you!!

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  22. Hilarious. You are one talented cookie...

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  23. Love, love, love this video. Laughed out loud. Also, gave us a good idea -- have dinner in the tub-- makes clean up a snap.

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  24. I started reading your blog just sometime ago (I found you through Lottie + Doof). I really enjoy your video's, but this is by far the funnest. Thanks for keeping your stuff un-stuffy!!!

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  25. You & Matt are totally rocking the videos. First off, they're beautifully shot & edited. Second - the food looks fabulous. Third - they're hilarious. Keep 'em comin'!

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  26. Thanks, Eileen & Bethany & Mary & Mark & Marsha!!

    @Sara: you're toootally invited to dinner when you're here in March!!

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  27. So fun. It's like a cooking show with a bit of sketch comedy mixde in!!

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  28. Finally getting around to watching this! SUPER RAD!

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  29. "You guys seen Contagion?" - so funny!!!

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  30. I don't know what the heck that psychedelic blue interlude was all about, but I'm just gonna roll with the not knowing. Keep it moving!

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  31. Very funny! Have you heard of doing the same sort of idea but instead of going to different rooms you go to different homes or apartments. I have been wanting to try that out!

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    1. That sounds like a grrrreat idea. though in LA, with all the driving, one course might have to take place IN the car. :) :)

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  32. tears... tears, amelia!! i haven't laughed to tears in so long- thank you!... you're amazing

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  33. This is why you are one of my most favorite people, and i don't even know you IRL. AWESOME!

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  34. Sean wants to know why you are soaking the leeks.

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    1. Sean! I read somewhere a long time ago that that's a good way of getting the dirt/grit off leeks. Just soak them for a few minutes and all the grit sinks to the bottom. Try it sometime?

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  35. The Perfect Saturday Night. Thank you Amelia and Matt!

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  36. Adorable!!! I loved this! Did you make this video yourself? Was it easy? I'm thinking of attempting one myself, but don't really know where to start :)

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  37. this is really funny! thanks!

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  38. shut up right now. from the starting montage to the tub. beyond hysterical. b/c I, for one, always live in an Ina induced fantasy land while cooking and pretending to have my own show.

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