The Detox, Anti-Holiday Party

November 25, 2013

Food52's Managing Editor Brette Warshaw is throwing no-stress weeknight parties for anyone, anytime, and (almost) every kitchen. You're invited.

Today: A new way to prep for the holidays: a decidedly normal dinner, for whenever you need it.

Bagna cauda salad from Food52

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I'm a big fan of excess. I am the girl that's still eating as Thanksgiving dinner comes to a close, and making latkes when everyone's moaning dayeinu. I order the most desserts; I eat the most cheese. I'm snacking on a ramekin of cookie dough as I write this article.

But when the loose term "holidays" stretches across two whole months -- and when "dinner" means roasts and pies and cookies and cake -- sometimes, on a random Monday, you need a break. You need stuff that makes you feel good, stuff that isn't straight cookie dough (or punch). So invite your friends over for a virtuous dinner -- or feed your out-of-town guests this when they just need to feel normal. The excess will come again tomorrow -- and you'll be ready.

The Menu

Bagna Cauda Salad
One Pot Kale and Quinoa Pilaf
Aromatic Poached Salmon with Rye and Caper Breadcrumbs
Rum-Spiked Roasted Caramelized Mango

The night before: Make the salad dressing for your Bagna Cauda Salad, and the breadcrumbs for your salmon. Finish your caramelized mango; you'll warm it right before serving.

When you get home from work: Slice all the vegetables for your Bagna Cauda Salad,  keeping the beets separate. Make your One Pot Kale and Quinoa Pilaf, and keep it at room temperature.

Kale and quinoa from Food52

When it's almost time to sit down: Toss your Bagna Cauda Salad, and put your salmon in its aromatic bath. While the salmon is cooking and your salad is resting, finish up your breadcrumbs. Plate everything prettily and serve!

Salmon from Food52

Time for dessert: Warm up your caramelized mango. Serve with yogurt...or ice cream.

Roasted mango from Food52

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Brette Warshaw

Written by: Brette Warshaw

I'm a reader, eater, culinary thrill-seeker, and food nerd.