Vegans Beware: Hairy Cooked Dinner

For a Christmas present, Hairy gifted my brother and his wife a homemade dinner. Tonight they cashed in, and my parents came, too. Hairy had been menu-planning for weeks, and he cooked over the last two days. He prepped 11 different dishes. I failed to photograph the 2 appetizer dishes (fresh mozarella balls and sundried tomatoes wrapped in prosciutto, and an amazing spread containing anchovies, bread, and parsley, served with crostatta.)

Mussels and clams in a rich savory broth with pancetta, shallots, garlic, white wine, clam stock, butter.

Milanese Risotto. Saffron, parmesan, chicken stock. (I helped stir for 2 seconds!)

White bean and fennel gratin.

Provence tomatoes.

Porchetta, pounded pork rolled up with parsley, sage, rosemary, lemon zest, olive oil, and feta.

Trout cooked on a cedar plank on our grill in the backyard. Served with lemon confit.

Apple, fennel, and celery root salad.

Braised kale with feta.

Dessert was with pain perdu, with mascarpone, berries, and rum carmel.

There are tons of leftovers and I can’t wait to eat risotto for dayzzzzzz!

43 Comments on “Vegans Beware: Hairy Cooked Dinner”

  • Nikki G


    OMG! He went all out on this one. Yummy

    • Seriously, he went completely crazy!

  • Jacci


    My mouth is watering!
    You’re so lucky to gave such a fantastic chef as your bf.

    • I am indeed lucky….and getting more and more giant by the day!

  • caz


    Man I wish my boyfriend could cook like that πŸ˜€ Looks faaaaaaab!!

    • Make him go to culinary school! πŸ˜›

  • Lee


    Oops, I forgot to eat the tomato(es)!!

    • Me, too! I also didn’t eat any potatoes! So full!

  • This is all just pure isanity!!!! You all need to be committed!!! πŸ˜‰

    Lucky ducks!!!!!

    It’s 5 am..I still haven’t slept…and I really had nooo idea I’d be wanting pounded pork right now. Thanks for bringing that to the surface…if I’m lucky, I have a not too great clementine on the counter. :/

    Can we borrow Hairy some day??

    LOOOVE ya!!
    xoxo Jenny Holiday

    • I agree with you. It was completely insane. He couldn’t help himself but make everything under the sun!!!!!!

      If you ever come visit us in SF, I’ll have to make him execute another feast of ridiculousness!!!

  • Amie


    It all looks so amazing!! Wish I could cook like that! Wanna eat it!! πŸ™‚

    • You could always learn if you felt like it πŸ˜› πŸ˜› Hairy went to culinary school!

  • Lindsay


    So impressive!

  • Cate


    Oh wow that is a lot of yummy food he made!

    Seriouly needs to come cook for me! Nobody cooks for me! As soon as people find out I teach cookery it’s like “will you cook for me?” although I do have one friend who bakes cakes for me once a month or so, best baker ever!

    • I always wonder if Hairy feels the same way, but I think if other poeple cooked for him, he’d think it was gross or something, hahha.

  • Cassie


    Hairy is incredible :)! That all looks amazing! What an awesome Christmas present to get πŸ™‚

    • I think he has established a tradition now!

  • lisa.


    Omg, that first dish with the mussels looks effin’ amaaaaazing. Recipe?

    Did your bf go to culinary school? I did a year of culinary, but I’m too shy to cook for other people outside of a restaurant. I’m afraid they’ll hate it but eat it anyway to spare my feelings!

    • Yep! He went to culinary school, but has no desire for his profession to have anything to do with cooking hehe.

  • OMG! You do know you’re the luckiest girl ever to be with such an amazing chef! All of it looks sooo delicious!

    • Yes very very luckyyy!! and fat! hehe

  • oh my god i’m DYING!! i want to lick my screen so bad.

    • HAHAHAHA come for visits one day! We feed you!

  • Cicely


    Holy bajeezus! Im coming over to your place! Everything looks fantastic. Lucky Lucky girl!

    • We don’t eat like that every day, but …. we eat pretty well hehehe πŸ˜‰

  • MK


    Wow Harry! It all looks wonderful. A+

    • Hairy should keep a blog of food he makes!

  • looooo


    Hoooooly crap that looks absolutely incredible. Mind is BLOWN

    • We keep meaning to host a fun dinner for everybody, but we are lazy and never make it happen!

  • Jules Chan


    OMG, Youve got yourself a keeper there girl, Hurray for Hairy, Yummy Yum Yum!

    • IT’s beginning to take it’s toll on me. There’s chub dripping off my rib cage!

  • Jenny Whoo


    *is currently wiping the drool out of the keyboard*

    • omg we kept eating leftovers for days! sooooooooo obese!

  • Emily


    OH MAN!! That is one amazing looking dinner!!!!

  • chinamommy


    SHUT UP!!! that is amazing! my hubbie is the grill and smoker master, but we eat nothing like that!! Culinary school would be hell for me, but I wish someone in my house would go!!

    • Now we just need a pastry chef to come live with us and we’ll be set!

  • OMG! I literally drooled. This breakfast bar looks so blah now.

    • We have our breakfast bar days, too! πŸ˜‰

  • Marilyn


    daamnnnnnn your boy knows how to cook ;DDD you lucky girlie!

  • Lauren McD


    oh ma goodness all that food looks freaking amazing! i want you nomz. ^-^

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