Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Things I Love: Friends With Benefits

I am so lucky to have a great group friends, ones that I have known for years. I am exceptionally lucky because not only are they good friends but they all have special talents that I get to utilize! For instance, my friend Jen is my personal hairstylist, no other stylist has treated my baby fine hair with such care.

Now, my friend Vanessa, is an excellent cook. On week nights we often stop by for dinners of fresh jalapeno pasta and salmon, or her famous linguine and clams. Everything she cooks is fresh, organic and healthy. So when I was planning my Breakfast at Tiffany's party I enlisted Vanessa as my personal chef.

I asked her to come up with a menu, only requesting a Moon River fish dish and a Sally Tomato salad. You know me and my themes, I have to cover all the bases! Here is the amazing dinner Vanessa made--I am trying to get her to blog to share her recipes.

Vanessa prefers small local shops to purchase her ingredients. The tomatoes from a farm, the produce and nuts from a small local market, the fish from an Asian fish market and a trip to Trader Joe's for goat cheese, and wine.
The appetizer was goat cheese stuffed figs drizzled with reduced balsamic vinegar.
Pecans for the salad.
Baby greens, strawberries, blueberries, and pecan salad.
Sally Tomato and Avocado salad.
Moon River Panko crusted Tilapia, served with homemade tarter sauce.
It was nothing short of amazing! Thanks V!!
It was the perfect dinner for our party. Now I just can't wait for another dinner party.


  1. ugh, right up my pescatarian alley ::drool::, please tell vanessa to do a guest post with the recipes!! pretty please!

  2. Looks delicious! It's only 830am and I'm already ready for lunch/dinner now!

  3. That salad looks amazing! Any friend that can make a salad look good is amazing. Sorry, I just really have a hard time eating my veggies;)

  4. this looks delicious!


  5. This looks like the perfect dinner for yummy!

    Liesl :)

  6. WOW, everything looks soooo delicious!!! I'm seriously hungry right now :)
    LOVE LOVE LOVE fresh figs! Yummo!

  7. ok ok ok.
    that looks too good to be true.

  8. DELISH! Those figs look amazing!!

  9. This looks absolutely amazing, yum!! MYou should definitely have her guest post for you!

  10. I am so sad I am not a friend of yours and didn't get to attend what seems like an amazing party! Also, you're making me want to throw my own Breakfast at Tiffany party! What a fun idea!