I have been having a Wonder Years marathon. Its pretty awesome. Did you know netflix now has all the seasons on instant? Did you know that Winnie Cooper grew up to be some brilliant math person who tweets palindromes? Did you know that Travis from Clueless (Breckin Myer) pretty much plays the same exact character on the early episodes of The Wonder Years also? Its weird. I love that show.
Anyway, on the blog we have been posting a lot of Thanksgiving and party food recipes to gear up for December. Parties are fun. Its a bit stressful to figure out what to bring sometimes. I just happen to have some thoughts on what to bring to holiday parties. If you’re single, and going to a party you hope to meet a cute boy, maybe bring Bacon Jam. Most boys like bacon. I think. If you’re single and going to a party to meet a girl, maybe bring Chocolate Covered Potato Chips. All girls love potato chips. If she won’t eat them because she is watching her figure, you don’t want to date her anyway. Trust. If you’re going to an office holiday party, maybe bring our Potato Rings. They are good, and they are fried, which means everyone that has good taste in food will like them. If you’re going to a holiday party anywhere in California, bring these! They are perfect and light and yummy!
Cheesy Quinoa Cakes with a Roasted Garlic and Lemon Aioli
Makes 10 to 12
2 cups cooked quinoa
2/3 cup grated fontina cheese
3 tablespoons all purpose flour
2 green onions, thinly sliced
1 egg, lightly beaten
2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
2 ½ tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
salt to taste
½ cup light mayonnaise
1 head of garlic, roasted
1 lemon, zested and juiced
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
salt and pepper to taste
1. For the cakes: Place all ingredients, except for the oil, into a mixing bowl and stir together until well combined. Season with salt and allow the mixture to sit for 5 minutes.
2. Pour oil into a large sauté pan and place over medium heat.
3. Form ¼ cup patties with the quinoa mixture and place in the heated sauté pan. (this will have to be done in batches)
4. Cook quinoa cakes for about 5 minutes on each side. Repeat with the remaining patties until all of the cakes have been cooked. Set aside.
5. For the aioli: Place all ingredients into a food processor, season with salt and pepper and blend until smooth. Pour into a small bowl and serve alongside the warm quinoa cakes.