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Caveman … Party Of Ten

Posted by Caveman Cooking on June 16, 2010

The Cave Clan

(Top row, L to R)My step-father Bert, Caveboy, Cavemom, Cavegirl, cousin Michael
(Bottom row) Cavewoman, moi, my godmother/cousin Arlene, her husband Leon, cousin Wendy

Well, we finally did it! We had our first major family get-together in the new cave. It only took three months … speed is not my strong suit. Not that we haven’t had company, mind you. The Cave-in-laws have been over several times and we have hosted a number of friends, as well. But, this was the first multi cave-family gathering we have entertained since our big move back in March. The guest list was a who’s-who of the Cave Clan, including the Cavemom and her husband; several Cavecousins; my Cave-Godmother and her spouse; and, of course, the four of us. No special occaision, other than the fact the my Mom and Step-father were in town staying with us for a few days. Besides, any day ending in “day” is a good time for a party!
My original plan was to try something new for our guests to enjoy for dinner, since I’m always game for unfamiliar culinary territory, and it would give me more fresh recipes to share with you. But, there was overwhelming demand for several dishes that have already graced the pages of this cyber-rag. Although, we did throw one new salad into the mix … and boy, was it goooooooood! But, let’s not get ahead of ourselves here. There are stories to share and details to divulge of this inaugural Neanderthal gathering.

First, I must thank my godmother/cousin Arlene and her husband Leon for this wonderful and thoughtful housewarming gift. Even though we requested that nobody bring presents, because we had nowhere to store anything else, Arlene was not going to come empty handed. As the Cavewoman pointed out, Arlene always comes up with the most unique and personalized presents. She put together this great basket filled with tomato, strawberry, and pepper plants along with all the tools and foods necessary to grow big, producing plants. In fact, they are all getting planted today by the Cavekids!
Veggie Plant Basket

Cousin Wendy also refuses to come without bearing gifts. She brought us a great butane burner perfect for entertaining, whether you are serving fondue, chicken wings, chili, or any number of other dishes. It will definitely get used well in the new Cave … just got to find a place to store it! πŸ˜‰
Once everyone arrived, we served drinks and quickly set out some Hummus, Harif (Yemenite Hot Sauce) and warmed Flat Bread that I had just whipped up, and recently featured in our Middle Eastern Epicurean Excursion.
Hummus, Harif, and Flat Bread

While everyone was enjoying the Mediterranean treats, I started frying up some Crab Wontons. Normally, I make these with King Crab. However, I just had a yen for some Blue Crab. Especially in light of the fact that they will become increasingly harder to get with the damage being wreaked by the oil-spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. For my veggie wife I made a bunch of them without the crab meat. Being a good chef means tasting your dishes before you serve them to your guests … at least, that’s the line being towed! The Caveboy snuck in with the camera and busted us sampling the wares.
Cavepeople Sampling Wontons

Though, it was a good thing that we tried a few of the initial ones to come out of the fryer … they were a huge hit and went very fast! We might not have gotten any otherwise!! We served them up with a spicy plum sauce. It’s also a good thing that I reserved about a half-dozen of the uncooked ones and threw them into the freezer because I am really starting to jones for them as I write this. 😯
Crab Wontons and Spicy Plum Sauce

While everyone was enjoying the company, libations and hors d’oeuvres Cavewoman and I started preparing the main meal. She went to work on a Chopped Caprese Salad with soaked homemade croutons – the new dish I mentioned earlier. Unfortunately, it’s not the best picture of the salad. But, trust me, it is fantastico! I promise much better shots when we post the recipe.
Chopped Caprese Salad

For the main course, we served Tri-tip marinated for 34 hours in Teriyamic Marinade, Garlic-Basil Mashed Potatoes, and Sauteed Asian Veggies. Obviously, we haven’t posted the potato recipe yet. But, it is a very easy and tasty side-dish that we will share soon.
EDIT: Here is the recipe for the Garlic Mashed Taters.
Teriyamic Tri-tip, Garlic-Basil Mashed Potatoes, and Sauteed Asian Veggies

We ended our fabulous meal with some of Cavewoman’s incredible Chocolate Chip cookies and a heaping plate of Leon’s world famous Mandel Bread (a recipe I’m still trying to wrangle out of him), which is kind of like Jewish Biscotti. His is the best I have ever tasted, and I just can’t seem to stop my hand from grabbing piece after piece when it is in front of me … or even at the other end of the table!
Needless to say, our first mass convening of the Cave Clan was a huge success. Everyone was full, happy, and smiling as they waddled over to the couch or overstuffed chair closest to them. The only problem with gatherings like this is that they end too quickly. But, I guess that’s just one more excuse to have yet another party soon … real soon!

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18 Responses to “Caveman … Party Of Ten”

  1. Sounds like a success! Love the photos. Arlene’s gift is a terrific idea for new homeowners…

  2. caren said

    Congrats on your new cave! May you have years of great food and happiness there!
    I also love Arlene’s gift, what a fabulous idea!
    You have quite the photogenic family! Your kids are adorable and your wife is so pretty!
    Now….the food. I think I better read your blog WHILE I am eating because when I read it my mouth starts salivating…I am NOT kidding!!
    I am crazy about your photos, do you take those pictures or does your wife? The photo featuring the crab wontons was particularly appetizing with the sunlight shining down on the wontons highlighting their deliciousness even more!
    So glad to have found this blog, I am crazy about it. It is my BEST find so far from Twitter!

    • Wow, Caren … I don’t know what to say. Other than, THANK YOU! I feel like I need to send you a gift, or cash, for your ultra-kind words!! πŸ˜‰
      As for the photos, I take the vast majority of them, with my wife (the pro photographer) shooting some on occasion and the odd shot from the kids. Though, the only shot I took for this post was the last one. I also have to say that the Cavewoman has taught me so much about composition and processing. Without her help and guidance I might have been better served using hand-drawn stick-figure pictures rather than the photos I used to take. πŸ˜†

      • caren said

        you are soooo funny!!!! I am just a very enthusiastic person about things that I really like! (I used to be in Advertising Sales and in order to be successful at sales you MUST have enthusiasm and a passion for what you are selling) so when it comes to things I like and what I believe in it comes naturally to me, hence my exuberance!
        Also I have a blog about cats and I know how important it is to receive comments (and how enjoyable and reinforcing that it is)
        I also draw so I appreciate the creative process (cooking is equally as creative as a painted or drawn piece). You have a passion for what you cook and for relaying the information to us, and it shows!
        Tell the “Cavewoman” she is right on with her composition and suggestions about the photos and you are doing an amazing job taking them!

      • Well, Caren, when you leave a comment, you really leave a comment! πŸ˜‰ I love your exuberance. We should all be that enthusiastic! Thank you, again.

  3. caren said

    me again! Sorry! forgot to click on get followup comments to I have to post again…well…I can say have a great day! πŸ™‚

  4. boredcook said

    Looks like a great time! And a beautiful family! Love the kitchen shot Caveboy got of you both.

    I really want a crab wonton right now, and it’s only 8:50 am!

    I want to see your recipe for the chopped caprese salad. It looks like it may be similar to what hubby and I live on all summer long (once our tomatoes come in).

    Every night with dinner we have fresh tomatoes, mini fresh mozzarella, garlic croutons, red onion, fresh basil with olive oil and balsamic. We live off the stuff. Now we just need our tomatoes to start producing!

  5. vendela said

    I can attest the food was FABULOUS….but wahat was the story o nthose realllllyyyy great rolls????

    • Thanks, cuz! The rolls don’t get any mention because they were only Pillsbury Grands spiced up a bit. Though, the rolls the Cavewoman made tonight will definitely be gracing this rag in the near future.

  6. Reeni said

    I came over to say where in the heck have you been? But you’ve been here all along! For some reason the last feed I have is from May. Glad you’re getting settled into your new cave! All of your eats look fantastic!

  7. Great food, with great company and lovely family, I don’t know what else could be better. And what a feast you all had. Those are really good eats.

  8. 3 months is slow? Ugh…what do you call it when it takes you a year to have your first get together? Extra points for the super creative πŸ˜‰ Plus you made all the food. I call that spot on! You rock.

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