Une Petite Pomme: The First Ever La Pomme de Portland Dinner Party

Braised Halibut with Mushrooms and Leeks

I simply must tell you about one of my dear, dear friends and an entertaining endeavor she took on. She recently had a dinner party. For three families. Including all offspring. Before I go any farther into her story, let me stop and ask you, “Aren’t you impressed with just these details I’ve given you?!” Three families! Including kids! For dinner! I find that we seem to be at an age where nobody is doing much entertaining. Remember all those Christmas parties, “wine club” parties, block parties, progressive dinners, Birthday dinners, drinks on the deck, kick-off to camping barbecues?? Nope. No one’s doin’ them anymore. We’re all just too dang tired. So the fact that my dear friend actually threw a dinner party, during this frenetic stage of life, leaves me duly impressed.


But wait, there’s more. She didn’t serve frozen lasagna and a Caesar salad from Costco. No. She made everything. From scratch. And to top it off, each and every recipe was from right here. From La Pomme. I feel quite honored and thank goodness I didn’t exactly know what she was doing ahead of time or I would have felt a tad bit stressed out, worrying about the caliber of my recipes I’ve posted here and whether or not they are dinner party worthy. When I hooked up with her afterwards, she flashed me one of her beautiful, infectious smiles (the fact that she was still smiling is saying quite a bit) and shared with me that the party had been a huge success. The dishes had been so simple to prepare, so delicious to eat and….quite healthy to boot. Even the kids had enjoyed the offerings.

cinnamon-apple crostata x2

So you can share in the astonishment OR perhaps throw a dinner party of your own, I give you her La Pomme de Portland Dinner Menu:

Herbes de Provence Goat Cheese Spread

A Simple Salad

String Beans and Caramelized Shallots

Braised Pacific Halibut with Mushrooms and Leeks

Cinnamon Apple Crostata

ginger & garlic stirfry

I also feel compelled to share with you that another friend let me know that she made the Ginger and Garlic Stir Fry and her kids ate some particular veggies in that dish for the first time. Veggies they had not been willing to try before…and loved them.

Day 122

And then, just the other day, another friend told me that she made the Pasta e Fagioli Soup I recently posted but instead of pasta, she used cheese tortellini. Her kids lapped it up. And another friend’s husband proclaimed after she made him this same soup, “Well, we’re never going to have that again, are we?” “Why not?”, she asked. “Because I really liked that.” She and I have the same problem of making things that the whole family loves but then, never making them again simply because we can’t remember what we made. And so the hubbies, much to their dismay, never see that tasty dish again.

Thank you Kim, Laura, Suzi and Tammy for sharing your culinary adventures with me. I love hearing about them but then again, I love food….actually it’s more than love. A small obsession is more like it…

Happy Weekend to All….wherever you may be!!

All original text and photographs copyright: Carrie Minns 2009-2010


  1. Shannalee says:

    Well that is just about the sweetest thing I've ever heard. What an honor! 🙂

  2. Thanks, Shannalee…..I agree.

  3. Mark and Kim Majors says:

    Thank you for encouraging me (through your beautiful writing) to mingle family and friends via food (your wonderful recipes) with the hope that I can become a better wife, mother, and friend. I believe your blog is truly working! With much love and gratitude to you!
    xoxo. Kim