An Afternoon of Friends + Food = Major Fun!

So last Saturday I had the pleasure of attending my friend Jodi’s (of cooking demo! I got to meet some new friends and we had a blast watching her cook up some fabulous food, and an even better time sitting around eating it all.

First she made some caramel corn. And while I’m still watching my sugar intake, this had to be sampled. No judgment folks…

We also made up a curry dip for veggies. Curry and veggies never really seemed to go together in my mind, but it was quite delish! My favorite thing about watching other people cook is that I find so many new flavors and combos that I’ve never tried.

She then put together a salad, and while I’ve never been to big on sweet salads, this one will grace our table now and again. I was very pleasantly surprised! The sweet, the crunch, the goat cheese……oh wait. We won’t talk about the cheese huh Jodi. :-) Oh and the poppy seed dressing……..Mmmmmm.

We (she) also made some salmon. Now, salmon is something I’ve just been making for a few years now and while we do like it, I’ve never stepped away from the “butter, salt, and pepper” basics. We chatted a bit about how she cooks it and why and I left with some great tips for the next time I make it for dinner.

She pricks the fish before pouring butter over it. Because it helps get the butter into the fish. Awesome!

She uses a fantastic amount of butter.

Sprinkled with a bit of brown sugar.

Broiled it and served with a slightly sweet red sauce.

To. Die. For.

And there was even a mocha torte for dessert, though I did not take a picture of it. But it was fabulous in all it’s brownie, mocha, whipped cream goodness.

Thanks Jodi, I had a blast! Can’t wait to do it again!

Do you ever get together and cook with friends? I’m really thinking this is a fabulous idea and a great way to try new recipes!

About Donielle

Donielle is an amateur herbalist and natural momma to two littles (with another babe in heaven) after dealing with being less than fertile. She has a passion for nourishing nutrition, natural living, and spreading the word on how food truly affects our health.


  1. yay! I love your photos :) Thanks for being there – it was a blast!

  2. That food looks delicious, especially the salad! My friends and I get together to cook every once in a while, and we not only share a meal, but also make one dish each that can be divided and taken home to pop into the freezer. It’s a great way to discover new flavours and recipes, stock the freezer, and have a lot of fun too!

  3. yay! what a fun day, love how your pictures captured so many of the vibrant colors from the food!

  4. That looks like so much fun… not much of a get-together planner, but I might have to plan something like that!

  5. I frequently cook with one of my good friends and on occasion, we do a “class” where everyone comes to my house and I teach them several new recipes. They provide the ingredients, I provide the know-how and we all benefit!

  6. one of my dearest girlfriends, who has been a mentor for me in whole food-real food cooking, has hosted a few cooking get togethers! what a BLAST~! like yours, we learned some *great* new ideas, got to taste the food and spend the afternoon w/ladies! what a TREAT.

  7. That sounds fun! I actually sell Pampered Chef, and have never thought to just have a fun get together with my friends and cook recipes! Did you have to pay, or did she provide all the food and everything? I would love the recipe for that salad and poppyseed dressing if you have it!

  8. @jodi,
    Those dishes looks deliciously awesome! Could I get the recipes for all of them? : )