The Chef: Colleen
The Menu: Amazing. Yes, we realize that "amazing" is not a menu item, but there isn't really another word that wholly encompasses this meal. To be a little bit more specific, Colleen busted out an incredible blend of tomatoes, garbanzo beans, broccoli, eggplant, and yellow squash—all infused with savory Indian spices and served over cumin-seed and mustard-seed infused basmati rice. Oh, and maybe there was a light, lovely salad with fresh bell pepper and cherry tomatoes. Yes, we are spoiled. Yes, we like it.
The Goods: In addition to the utterly delicious food, we got to enjoy the company of one Paul Saccone, whom it's always a pleasure to see. We figure as long as we're being totally spoiled, we might as well spread the wealth around. When friends are in town, it's pretty much our obligation to feed them—which works out well since they get to eat, and we get to hang out with awesome people.
Speaking of awesome people, congratulations to Veganmomma who is the official winner of our surprise mid-month giveaway! We asked what you would do with molasses, amaranth, pinenuts, and hemp nut butter and she said, "Hmm, pop the amaranth so it gets nice and roasty, and then make hemp seed butter bars with pine nuts and molasses and a few other fine ingredients you can scrounge up." Congrats! A VN gift pack is her reward for coming up with a delicious-sounding plan for these incidental ingredients. Veganmomma, send us an email and we'll send out your prize!