Friday Night Photos is where I share random photos I’m taking to practice using my camera, so this week it’s photos from the annual neighborhood block party last Saturday. My neighbors are great, and I ended up with so many photos of good food that I decided to split them into two groups, so this is part one. This party was the day after I got braces on my teeth, so I was favoring the soft foods like this delicious macaroni and cheese.

Chicken wings on the grill were looking delicious, but with new braces and a sore mouth, this was something I didn’t get to try. I look forward to having them next year!

Taking a good photo of coleslaw when it’s dusk and the light is dim is definitely a photo challenge, but this was delicious.

This salad with spinach, blue cheese, and walnuts looked delicious, but I didn’t dare try nuts with the braces. (Even though I thought I was being careful, I broke two wires at the party!)

Merritt has already sent me the recipe for this amazing-tasting salad with cannellini beans and mint, and it will be making an appearance on Kalyn’s Kitchen soon. (Edit: here is the recipe for Cannellini Beans with Mint Marinade. Thanks Merritt!)

If you’re not in the U.S. you may not recognize this, but layered Mexican dip has refried beans, guacamole, sour cream, cheese, olives, and possibly some things I’m missing. Corn chips are off limits for braces, so I had to pass on this too.

Last but not least, another photo challenge that tasted fantastic was this curried whole wheat couscous with cranberries. I definitely need this recipe too! Check back next week to see more food, including the two salads I brought to the party.

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