Sunday, November 22, 2009

Cooking Club, November 2009.

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My Cooking Club met last week. Once again we enjoyed delightful company and delicious dishes from our current cookbook, Peace Meals., by the Junior League of Houston. The surprising highlight for me was the Cauliflower Gratin. I have NEVER liked cauliflower - thought it smelled awful when it cooked and tasted bitter when eaten. This preparation, however, had a wonderful flavor. I'm planning to make it for my own family soon.

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My assignment this month was salad. I chose to make a Roasted Beet and Blood Orange Salad. It was a nice mix of flavors and received favorable comments

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Our main course was Autumn Braised Brisket. The meat was incredibly tender and very tasty

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Susan's table looked so pretty - perfect for fall

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For our dessert Ellen made this Apple Cranberry Galette. It was delicious - just the right amount of sweetness blended with the tart apples and the tangy cranberries

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She topped each slice of the galette with fresh whipped cream and a dash of cinnamon - heavenly!


Menu:
Sweet Potato Fries with Asian Dipping Sauce
Brie, Serrano and Fig Panini
Beet and Blood Orange Salad
Autumn Braised Brisket
Cauliflower Gratin
French Onion Bread Pudding
Apple Cranberry Galette

8 comments:

Maggie said...

Sounds like a fabulous meal! I've made the Autumn Braised Brisket from Peace Meals and found it fabulous!

Rachel said...

Yum!

3 Peanuts said...

How was the pannini? I am so glad you share this because although I have that book, I have not made too much from it yet. now I will proceed according to your reviews.

In fact, I have a dinner party for 12 in a week and a half...any suggestions?

JMW said...

Sounds delicious! I, too, have never been a fan of cooked cauliflower. I may have to look into that dish, though, since others in my family like it. Hope you and your family have a Happy Thanksgiving!

CZ said...

Everything looks delish. I'm going to make your pasta soup tomorrow! :) Can't wait

DawnW said...

How wonderful that meal looks!! I want to join your cooking club Eloise!! Unfortunately I live in NC, so that won't work:)! But I love your posts about it - very inspiring!

tami said...

oh my that looks delicious and like so much fun, good for you.

Wondering about the pannini as I have a fig tree...

Have a Happy Thanksgiving E!

The Hayden Family said...

All the food on the menu sounds amazing and the pictures are gorgeous! What fun y'all must have!