This past weekend, I threw a party at my apartment and asked my friends to donate money as “cover” to my ACS Solider Field 10 mile page. Really, it was just a great excuse to have some great friends over to unwind before finals (and Bar Review-gag) start. After running 6 miles (my longest yet!) in the morning, I came home to get ready for the party. Throughout the day the donations trickled in and I was quickly over my $400 goal. A BIG THANK YOU to all my wonderful friends that donated. I can’t thank you enough for your generosity, especially as a time when we are all graduating and most of us without a clear income in sight.
I enjoy throwing parties because it gives me a great excuse to try out new recipes (and some tried and true winners) and just enjoy the company of friends. I was lucky enough that Wiggs was able to drag her Dave away from his own 1L studying for the evening. I am sad that they will be gone to Seattle all summer, but very happy that they will be back in the Fall.
I decided that since it is *almost* really feeling like spring that I would make a batch of sangria (recipe below), buy a case of Shiner and have a plate full of munchies.
I started the Sangria on Friday night by soaking sliced oranges, lemons, limes and apples with brandy and sugar. This mixture is then mixed up with a chilled bottle of cab (2 buck chuck worked quite nicely) and a little OJ. I had many complements that it was actually fruity and not just sweet.
I also made brownies, snickerdoodles, white bean dip, the classic velvetta/rotel queso, and spiced nuts. I also had the cheese/cracker and a crudite plate. All and All it was a wonderful night with wonderful friends.
Thank you so much for your generosity to the fight against Cancer!
Betsy (Gates & Schmidt), Ted, Sarah, Jason, Jacob, Brian, Courtney, Dave, JBarr, Val (John Sherry), Katie, Kevin, Matt, Michelle & Jamie, Roman, Susan and Wiggs-n-Dave
Adapted from Martha
Makes about 8 cups (I doubled this recipe and we ran out but we are law school lushes)
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup brandy
1 orange thinly sliced
1 lemon thinly sliced
1 lime thinly sliced
1 cup of OJ (no pulp)
2 (750ml) bottles of red, 2 Buck Chuck Cab worked great, chilled
2 sticks of cinnamon
In a large pitcher or bowl stir sugar and brandy until well combined. Stir in fruit slices until coated; let stand, refrigerated, overnight.
Add OJ, wine and cinnamon to pitcher and stir until well combined. Serve over ice in wine glasses.