The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pans: Going Green!

It had been an extremely long time since I'd seen my Traveling Pans sisters… since Thanksgiving, to be exact!

We kept planning dinners, then life would get in the way and they'd either be canceled or I wouldn't be able to make it. I promised myself that the next dinner, I'd go, no matter what. We had determined a while ago that, rather than sticking with a culture or country for our "theme", we'd instead go for something a bit more challenging. We'd work with an ingredient that was new or intimidating, creating even more truly amazing meals.

This month's theme was two-fold: the flavors of the Mediterranean combined with a sign of Spring: GREEN! Our dishes were to include one or the other or both aspects of the theme, and be extremely veggie-heavy. My mom was hosting, so as usual, her adorable cats helped her to set up.

table setting

mom and scout

While we waited for the other sisters to arrive, I warmed up my spanakopita. While it's something I'd made before, I used a more authentic phyllo dough, and opted for a traditional recipe over a "healthified" one.


Soon, everyone was present and accounted for, and Eo surprised us with what was called a "Screaming Greenie", a basil and licorice drink that was surprisingly refreshing and delicious, and most importantly, bright green!

screaming greenie

screaming greenie

My mom made two of her amazing veggie dishes: lentil salad

lentil salad

And her perfected version of brussels sprouts afelia:

brussels sprouts afelia

Tina brought two things as well, one of which was a red-wine infused, fig, nut and orange-stuffed bread:

fig orange bread

And red-wine braised veal meatballs with ground pistachios, almonds, and pine nuts.

veal meatballs

Eo brought, in addition to her Screaming Greenies, a delicious dish of green beans topped with cayenne-candied bacon.

green beans with candied bacon

Emily made something called "spoon fruit", made from loads of oranges and tons of spices, which was then spread on toasted croissants, and topped with feta, toasted almonds, and thyme.


Amy, always the adventurer, made delicious garlicky octopus and baklava. They weren't served together, obviously.



We sat down to eat and as usual, the conversation flowed easily, chatting about everything from my sister's recent trip to the James Beard house in NYC to cook a dinner with her executive chef to the relative attractiveness of John Hamm.


Leigh surprised us with some beautiful salted-caramel-filled chocolates…



Since so much of the meal was vegetables, I left feeling satisfied, both physically and emotionally… I just LOVE these women that I'm lucky enough to hang out with every 6 weeks or so! I can't wait until our next get-together!



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5 Responses to The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pans: Going Green!

  1. mom says:

    it was way fun!!! great pix, Mara~!

  2. I wish I lived closer! You ladies make a gorgeous spread and seem like wonderful company 🙂 Love the kitty and that your mama has beautiful tats, Mara!
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  3. I am officially drooling. Beautiful pictures, Mara. The Pans sistas always do it up right! Green looks like it was a huge success and I’m sorry I couldn’t be there. Looking forward to finally making it to the next one! 🙂
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  4. I LOVE the name for your group. So fun! The food looks delicious too. I’m interested in the octopus. I don’t think I would have had the guts to cook it — or eat it!

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