Thursday, February 16, 2012

Some news + a party menu

Those of you who are regular readers know that I've been very busy these last several weeks finishing up my Ph.D. thesis. Well, I am very happy to announce that I successfully passed my thesis defense yesterday, which officially makes me Dr. Paradise! Thanks for sticking with me through this period of rather low posting frequency - I can't wait to get back to cooking and blogging now that I have more free time!

I am having a party at my apartment this weekend to celebrate completing my Ph.D., and as you might imagine, I've planned an extensive menu. It's going to be all hors d'oevres and dessert, including some recipes by local Boston bloggers. Here's what is on the list (I'll be posting all the recipes over the next couple weeks):

Recipes have been posted and links added so you can easily find the recipes.

Zucchini and goat cheese rollatini with raisins and pistachios (from Cara's Cravings)
Italian stuffed mushrooms
Butternut squash and apple bruschetta (from Tri to Cook)
Pizza monkey bread (from Healthy and Sane and Confections of  Foodie Bride)
Gorgonzola tart with honeyed tomato butter
Pumpernickel toasts with cream cheese and smoked salmon
Spiced pecans with rum glaze


Chocolate-whiskey bundt cake
Gingerbread whoopie pies with maple buttercream
Monster cookies (peanut butter oatmeal cookies with chocolate chips and M&Ms)
Cranberry pecan caramel bars

My mom and I cooked several of the recipes today, and the cooking will continue until Saturday evening! I couldn't be happier right now =).

What are your favorite party recipes?


  1. That's amazing - both the spread and your defense! I hope to be in this same boat in, oh, roughly 3 years. Congrats again!

  2. Congratulations! I'm so happy for you.

  3. Congrats Ranjani! And good look with all that cooking :-)

  4. Congratulations on your PhD!! And wow, what a feast you will be throwing! Can't wait to see how all the dishes turn out.. I can always use more party recipes. :)

  5. CONGRATS!!! have fun cooking, sounds like you've got an incredible menu planned :)

  6. MAJOR congrats! I am SO excited and happy for you!!!

  7. Congrats!! I do love those cranberry bars.

  8. I love all those great ideas! I cook all the time but always get stuck at what to plan when we have people over!


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