I work alone, all day I talk on the phone to colleagues and Skype, but there is nothing to match having a friend on the other side of the wall. Wait, I gave up the cubicle life for this one….but there are things I do miss!
One of the things I miss this time of year is the Holiday Party.
Wonderful Pistachio and my friends at Mom Trends invited me to a Culinary Experience – Blogger Holiday Party, #GetCrackin. Not only was it at a sleek cooking studio in NYC but also I could meet other bloggers and talk shop. I was totally IN! As I stepped off the elevator into the My Cooking Party studio, I was greeted by a beautiful space. A long table with beautiful white and natural accents, I love a fancy dinner party.
The studio had rows of prep tables with ingredients for our holiday meal. It really was my night, as I munched on Wonderful Pistachios, made new friends and cooked. My trifecta, healthy food, making friends, and what I love, cooking. I really wanted to get on the stove and make something substantial. I helped to make the Turkey Roulade with Wonderful Pistachio Pesto. (Picture & Recipe Below).
The other “Wonderful” women in the room helped to make the menu come to life. The feeling around the tables was warm and fanciful. The room rang with laughter as we drink delicious POM Wonderful drinks and learned a few knife skills along the way.
We finished making our dishes and were asked to be seated, as the kitchen staff plated the meal and were to begin service. There were beautiful ornaments with our names as place cards at all the settings. I met two new women that have made the life choice to go another path, not to do what they were expected to and are moving forward with the support of their family and community.
Sitting at the table surrounded by all these entrepreneurial women made me think of how far I have come in the last 6 months, and how far I still have to go. I really love the path that I am taking and love that you are coming along for the ride. Look out 2016!
Turkey Roulade with Wonderful Pistachio Pesto
Pistachios, apples and onions are stuffed in this impressive, but easy main course. A nutty Wonderful Pistachio pesto is the perfect accompaniment.
Prep: 1 hour 15 minutes / Time to Table: 2 hours 30 minutes / Serves: 6 to 8
Wonderful Pistachio Pesto:
1½ cups baby spinach (about 2½ ounces)
1 cup shelled Wonderful Pistachios
2 large cloves garlic
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon pepper
¾ cup olive oil
½ cup dried cranberries
4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 yellow onion, diced into ¼-inch pieces (about 1½ cups)
1 granny smith apple, cored, and cut into ½-inch pieces (about 1 2/3 cups)
2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
4 teaspoons fresh thyme
5 teaspoons fresh rosemary
¾ teaspoon salt, divided
½ teaspoon ground black pepper, divided
3 ounces day- old french bread, cut or torn into 1-inch pieces (about 1¾ cups)
¾ cup shelled Wonderful Pistachios, toasted, and roughly chopped
1 skinless, boneless, turkey breast half, butterflied (about 2½ lbs)
3 small red onions, cut into wedges
*Disclosure: I was invited as a guest to attend the Momtrends event. As always, any personal opinions reflected in this post are of my own and have not been influenced in any way. Photos courtesy of MomTrends & Wonderful Pistachio..