Oh, yes, I am easy, and delicious, and you want me! That’s the crostini talking, not me. Cough cough.
Excerpt from an email I sent my girls a week before Valentine’s Day:
So, have you guys ever looked at the MarthaStewart.com Valentine’s crafts and bouquet ideas? They are sooo cute, and feminine, and adorable, but what man would want to receive any of that, and furthermore, do you know any straight men who peruse MarthaStewart.com looking for ideas on crafts to make for their wives and girlfriends? It’s all so ridiculous. Not that The Boy isn’t fantastic and all, but I seriously doubt I’ll be getting handmade glycerin soaps with “I Love You, Genevieve” etched on them. Even though it would complete me if I did get those soaps. I digress.
So anyway, it made me think that so much of Valentine’s Day is just girls enjoying being girls, and indulging in red and pink and lace and those tiny Hello Kitty valentine cards and stuff, and I kinda miss enjoying those things. Would you guys be interested in maybe getting together, just the girls, sometime before Valentine’s to indulge in the silliness?
And indulge we did! I hosted the little shindig, which turned into a seven hour
binge-drinking heart-fest. I provided everyone’s favorite pink Champagne, “Bitch,” and those luscious-looking crab and avocado crostini. Other girls brought delicious chili, mouthwatering cherry-almond cupcakes, cookie dough truffles, and crayons and construction paper (you know…for making each other Valentines). The silliness was unbelievable, the food was fantastic, love was in the air, and the champagne was flowing!
Seriously. Our ratio was 1.35 bottles of champagne per girl.
One of my gf’s, getting her champagne cocktail on. Those are frozen cranberries floating in the Bitch. Haha. I just said “floating in the Bitch.” That’s a first. Not.
We also held a bouquet exchange: we each brought a single kind of flower and then arranged a bouquet for each girl to take home:
And of course, what girly event would be complete without mani/pedis? I sent each girl home with a set of mani/pedi tools:
The perspective on this photo is weird. I tried rotating it and it didn’t stick. Whatever, you’ll look at it and you’ll like it.
A fantastic time was had by all, a pasta-making party was scheduled, and we all left having gotten the pent-up estrogen out of our systems. Not that the Boy doesn’t satisfy my craving for gossip, it’s just that…
the Boy doesn’t satisfy my craving for gossip.
Crab and Avocado Crostini
12 ounces chunk crab meat (surimi will work)
4 green onions
1/4 cup mayonnaise
juice of 1 1/2 lemons
salt and pepper
Put the crab chunks into a bowl, breaking them up into flakes if the pieces are pretty large and throwing your voice to make it sound like there’s screaming coming from the bowl. Thinly slice the green onions on top, and mix in the mayonnaise, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. I kept the mayo to a minimum because I didn’t want this to be creamy–just rich enough to hold together, with the crab as the real center of attention. You can add a bit more if you like. Just don’t tell me or I’ll be disappointed in you. At this point, you can either refrigerate the crab mixture if you’re making it in advance, or move on to the next step.
Preheat your oven to 375F (or use your broiler setting CAREFULLY–these things burn in a flash). Thinly slice the baguette into diagonal pieces, taking care to keep the slices around the same size and thickness for even toasting. Place them on a cookie sheet and slip them into the oven. Toast until the first side is evenly brown and crisp, and then remove the pan from the oven, flip the crostini over, and slip them back in until the other side is crisp and golden, too.
Now once your crostini have cooled off, arrange them on a serving platter. Slice your avocado very thinly, so that the slices can be draped prettily and flexibly over the finished crostini. See the photo if you’re not sure what I mean. Now carefully (try using two spoons, like I did), heap little mountains of crab filling onto the crostini until they look generous and fragile. (You knew you were going to get messy eating these, right?). Lay two pieces of avocado on top of each, criss-crossing them for effect. Et voila! Crab and Avocado Crostini! You saucy minx, you!