We were a smaller than usual group at Emily's last night but managed to leave with our belly's more than satisfied. Kelly kicked the night off with three tasty nibblers that set the mood perfectly. She made Spiced Pecans (utterly addictive), Cheese Straws (buttery with a perfect kick of heat), and Pickled Shrimp (the *best* pickling spices ever). She presented them together-don't they look great?
I took on dessert and made the Red Velvet Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting. This version had not only cocoa and plenty of red food coloring but a tablespoon of fresh orange zest too. I'm generally not a fan of chocolate and citrus together but the chocolate flavor is so mild here it really lets the orange do its thing. I promise I have a pre-cut picture of this cake that is much better than this one (it was quite beautiful, if I may so so myself)...I'll get it up here soon.