Last month was back in Frederick!! It was a pretty hot day, even though there were only four of us we made a nice afternoon meal. Since my favorite coworker Veena is Indian and J-dogg has a certain fondness for Indian, when I found this cookbook (Masala Farm) at the library it peaked my interest. After thumbing through the pages, I saw alot of awesome farm tidbits and realized it had a “eat local” vibe to it too, which I liked. So even though this protein wasn’t particularly local, I made a shrimp curry! with local corn! And it was very tasty.

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Maria made AWESOME deviled eggs, Alayne made a huge buttermilk ranch salad, Joanne made delicious quinoa cakes and I made the aforementioned shrimp curry. Maria was sweet and brought some local chocolate ice cream for dessert.

So to start off Alayne got busy on her salad. It had avocado, cucumbers, garbanzo beans, tomatoes and red onion. And she coated it all nicely with that from scratch buttermilk ranch dressing. And fun fact, I’ve been using that buttermilk to make myself pancakes over the past month. YUM.

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Here was Maria getting her deviled eggs ready.

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Lots of delicious ingredients went into this concoction, herbs, peppers, curry spices, etc. And this was her first time using a piping bag to fill these. Splendid job Maria!

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And voila – our appetizers. Deeeelish.

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Then we went back to the kitchen and got working on the curry and side dish. From what I could remember there was potato, quinoa, mushrooom and some spices and then it was all rolled in panko. Tasty little morsels!!

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I used some fresh corn, unfrozened good shrimp from Wegmans, lots of curry spices and (WATCH OUT) coconut milk! My coconut fears are slowing fading away. Especially since my coworker Virginia handed me a (unbeknownst to me) coconut oreo cream cookie and I liked it!

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It went well with the whole wheat roti I picked up from the Indian Store.

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And for our drinking entertainment, I made some lychee mimosa kind of drinks and fresh mint green tea from my backyard! Lovely afternoon and I’m so happy to have my buddies at my house.

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