Sunday, July 31, 2005

July Supper Club

My supper club met last night, after a long break with everyone's busy schedules. We welcomed two new members. RangerGrrl hosted, and as always the food was wonderful! We cooked from the July issue of Cooking Light magazine.

Here was what was on store for us. We had Shrimp-Filled Piquillo Peppers in Sherry Vinaigrette (Pimientos del Piquillo con Tartar de Langostinos) for an appetizer. These were really tasty and made a very nice presentation. I would make them again for a party or group dinner.

We followed this up with Tossed Greens and Beets with Pistachio Dressing. I made the salad. I'd never eaten beets before, so decided to try something new. I didn't like them and wasn't crazy about the dressing on the salad. One or two people said they would make the salad again, but I'm not one of them! Oh well. At least I can say I've tried beets the next time I say I don't like them.

We then had Apricot Pork Chops, Asparagus Salad with Piquillo Peppers and Capers (Ensalada de Espárragos con Alcaparras), Pizza Margherita, and Cornmeal Buttermilk Biscuits.

The Apricot Pork Chops were very tasty-we were all clamoring for the leftovers. They weren't overly sweet from the apricots. The soy sauce really balanced out the flavors. Definitely a repeater! I love asparagus, and the salad did not disappoint. Equally good were the peppers and capers. We did decide that the egg whites didn't add anything to them, so when I make this I will omit them. How can you go wrong with basil, mozzarella, and tomatoes? The pizza was also very tasty. The biscuits were slightly sweet, so we all ate them with honey.

Finally, for dessert we had Orange Yogurt Cake (Bizcocho de Naranja), made by our hostess. It was a beautiful presentation and very tasty. It had a touch of saffron in it, which surprised me.

All in all, this was a wonderful dinner. It was our first time to cook exclusively from Cooking Light, and everything turned out great. I need motivation to cook from CL more often, and this was a step in that direction.

(btw, the code to access the cooking light recipes posted above is FITHOUSE, but you didn't hear it from me!)

Salad and shrimp stuffed peppers

Asparagus, biscuits, pizza, and pork chops

Yummy dessert!


RangerGrrl said...

I thought everything was absolutely yummy. I will definitely make this cake again, because it seems like a nice light summer cake and I like orange flavor. However, I am curious as to how much flavor the saffron adds to it. I might try making it again without the saffron to see if I can taste a difference. If anyone else tries it without the saffron- let me know how it turns out. I think if you dusted this cake with powdered sugar instead of the glaze called for in the CL recipe, it would also taste good.

linda said...

I want to be in your supper club!! Everything looks so good.

farmgirl said...

Yum, yum, yum! What a deliciously fun evening!

farmgirl said...

Yum, yum, yum! Wow, what a deliciously fun evening!

joann said...

had a great time. food was great and conversation was interesting as usual. can't wait til next time.

Lula said...

Looks fantastic. That cake is a work of art. However, your Thai night was one of the better supper clubs. I really enjoyed the food that night.