nick_kaufmann came by to inaugurate our Thursday dinners, with much success. We made turkey chili, based off of ( this recipe from Cook's Illustrated. ) Half a cup of chili powder! Crazy! But it worked. We stuffed ourselves quite happily.
For dessert I melted some chocolate chips in a makeshift double boiler, drizzled the chocolate over pieces of banana, and sprinkled unflavored pop rocks on top. (Thanks for dropping them off at my office, novalis!) They were, as expected, banana-y and chocolaty and fizzy. I have two banana pieces in the fridge right now--one with a single layer of chocolate and pop rocks, the other with a second layer of chocolate that will in theory protect the pop rocks from condensation--as well as a chocolate/pop rocks mixture that I simply spread out on a sheet of parchment paper to turn into chocolate breakup. If they do well refrigerated overnight, I'll make another batch tomorrow night to bring to the ball on Saturday. If not, I'll figure out something else.