Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Catching up on Cooking Club.

Yikes! I have not posted on my Cooking Club in a long time! So long, in fact, that we have started a new cookbook and have almost completed our rotation with it.

Our latest cookbook selection, Savor the Moment from the Junior League of Boca Raton, was recommended by a commenter on my blog. Thanks, Bridget! Our group has really enjoyed Savor the Moment.

Here are some pictures and menus from some of our gatherings over the past year (in December and April I neglected to bring my camera):

September 2011
Cooking Club September 11
We kicked off the new school year with a delicious lunch at Elizabeth's beautiful home

Alligator Eye Dip
Creamy Cucumber Soup
Sour Cream Banana Bread
Sun-dried Tomato Potato Salad
Picnic Rice with Cranberries
Chicken with Goat Cheese and Roasted Bell Peppers
Bourbon Butter-Glazed Cake

May 2011
Cooking Club May 11
We dined al fresco at Meredith's on a gorgeous spring day in Dallas. Sadly, we also bade farewell to our wonderful friend Lynne who was moving to Arkansas :(

Wild Mushroom Brie
Mesclun with Walnut-crusted Goat Cheese Rounds
Black Bottom Soup
Petite Butter Rolls (me)
Artichokes and Spinach
Grilled Rosemary Pork Tenderloin with Pineapple Salsa
Frozen Lemon Mousse (notice the beautiful antique long-stemmed glasses Lynne brought to serve this in)

March 2011
Cooking Club March 11

Macadamia-Stuffed Mushrooms
Town and Country Salad
Cantaloupe Champagne Soup
Stuffed Bread
Garlic Soufflé (me - I was so proud of how this turned out!)
Baja Shrimp
Cinderella Cheesecake

I'm including this bigger picture because my friend Barenda sets the prettiest table of anyone I know! I covet her beautiful silver pheasants

February 2011
Cooking Club February 11
My friend Ellen is incredibly creative. The black and white cachepots with the white hydrangeas in the center of her table had red hots around the plants. So very cute! Ellen also made these precious placecards for each person's seat. Her favor was a pad of little food-themed page flag post-its

page flags
Chef Set Page Flags - click here to see them online

Sahara Dates
Buttermilk Chive Biscuits
Best Friends Iced Coffee Frappé
Mixed Greens with Phoenician Dressing (me)
Garden Sandwich
Parmesan Cheese-Crusted Zucchini
Sausage and Chicken Jambalaya
Cappuccino Sundaes

January 2011
Cooking Club January 11
We gathered on a cold winter's day at our friend Thayer's. She served one of our best-ever entrées

Menu: Pesto Bleu Cheese Tartlets (me)
Florida Spritzer
Roasted Eggplant and Garlic Soup
Shitake and Warm Corn Salad
Potato and Wild Mushroom Galette
Herbed Beef Tenderloin with Shallot Wine Sauce
Raspberry Cream Pie

November 2011
Cooking Club November 10
I'm hosting again next week in place of my friend Lynne. I'm afraid my table is going to look very similar as I'll probably be using the same linens!

Walnut and Gorgonzola Crostini
Carrot Soup with Dill
Baby Greens with Pears
Provolone and Sun-Dried Tomato Basil Bread with Garlic Spread
Scalloped Potatoes and Butternut Squash with Leeks
Bourbon-Marinated Pork Tenderloin with Sour Cream Sauce (me)
Fruit Tea Cranberry Cheesecake (from Peace Meals)


Maggie said...

Y'all are amazing! Everything looks yummy.

The 5 Bickies said...

This sounds amazing! How on earth do you have room for dinner....does your family eat take out on the nights of your cooking club?

Kate said...

I have decided I would like to be you when I grow up.

The end.

JoAnn said...


I would love to enlarge the photos but I get this annoying yahoo/Flicker message when I try to enlarge them.


Wendy Peffercorn said...

I am on the Junior League of Chattanooga's cookbook committee, and we have a new cookbook out! It is called Seasoned to Taste, and it is fabulous! Your group should check it out for your next book selection.


I would be more than happy to send you a case. I've been a reader for over a year, but never commented. I love your blog!


Unknown said...

i ditto kate's comment. these cooking club pictures and stories are all so inspiring...