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The menu of the first Dwell Dinner was simple yet unique.  It consisted of quinoa crust pizzas, a fresh salad, and apple crumbled dessert with homemade ice cream.  All nourishing and filling while tasting spectacular.  Click on links below (all underlined words) to see original recipes.

Salad  Kale/sprouts chopped greens, grapes, pecans, pepitas, almonds, cranberries, feta, and homemade maple balsamic dressing…

2 tbsp reduced balsamic vinegar
1 tbsp maple syrup/honey
2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
Pinch of salt and black pepper
1 Tbsp Tahini

The secret to this salad…I bought a “bag salad” then added my own ingredients.

Quinoa Pizza Crust  –  its simple, gluten free, and tastes amazing.  Just keep in mind you have to soak the quinoa for 8 hours or overnight, so plan ahead.

Sweet Potato Pizza with Kale and Caramelized Onions –  this was truly unique and oh so good!  Not to mention a perfect autumn menu item.  Its sweet and savoring, with fresh sage as a must!  A day later I had extra of the sweet potato mixture so I scrambled it with eggs (plus some of the drunken goat cheese) and it was to die for.  I would definitely make the mixture again just for scrambled eggs!

Pesto Pizza with pesto chicken, basil, mozzarella , and tomato.  This was the most “normal” of the pizzas, but was loaded to the brim with toppings making it extra good.  Start by slathering pizza with pesto then topping with the rest of ingredients.  My mozzarella was sliced and fresh basil chopped thin.

Blackberry Pizza with pistachio, basil, lemon, drunken goat cheese, and honey balsamic reduction.  My inspiration for the pizza came from here.  I mixed the goat cheese with fresh squeezed lemon (rather than honey) and added a balsamic-honey reduction glaze to top it off.  This is my all time favorite pizza, its sweet and salty and can be a main dish or even dessert!  Even my friends that don’t like goat cheese liked this pizza!

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Deconstructed Apple Pie Sundae with dairy free homemade ice cream, which is basically a mix between apple crisp, apple pie, and a ice cream sundae.  The Warm cinnamon apples, crunchy nutty crumbles, and creamy coconut vanilla bean ice cream all combined make up the best dessert ever.  Full of texture, flavor, and satisfies the sweet tooth.  The ice cream is my personal favorite.  Right when it came out of the ice cream machine it was cream and thick and looked like Culvers custard.  My only regret is that I wish I could have served it fresh rather than frozen in the freezer.  That just mean I’ll have to host another dinner party!

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