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Redemption in the Kitchen!

After our December evening, where everything flopped, we decided that we needed to rebuild our confidence.  We opted for a “BEST OF” Chefs’ Club, choosing to re-visit some of the favorite recipes that we’ve discovered thus far on our culinary journey…

So, after assigning roles, each person looked back throughout the past year or so and decided to choose a dish that she really loved in that category (not her own…one that she had never prepared before!).  Here’s the line-up:

  • Appetizer –  Kim– made Stacey’s crostini appetizer from May 2009.  Crostini with Roasted Garlic, Goat Cheese, and Apple Chutney
  • Salad Course – Meredith – made Stacey’s shallot infused salad from January 2009. Pear Salad with Blue Cheese, Bacon, Pecans, and Shallot Vinaigrette (used pecans instead of hazelnuts)
  • Main Dish – Laura –  Laura decided to make a dish from our VERY first Chefs’ Club evening together – Stacey’s main from November 08!  This pork recipe is a fantastic mix of sweet and savory and definitely has a kick. Delicious!– Roasted Pork with Port Jus and Chipotle-Glazed Apples
  • Side – Erin – made Laura’s fantastic potato and turnip mashed potatoes with pear puree, from December 2008 Chefs’ Club. Personally, I’m not a lover of mashed potatoes, but this recipe is to die for! – Mashed Potatoes and Turnips with Roasted Pear Puree
  • Side –  Stacey– Stacey loved the freshly roasted vegetables that Tara made last February for our very first ‘guest’ dinner.  These were fantastic and cooked to perfection!  We are all glad we gave parsnips another shot 🙂 Roasted Vegetables with Pecan Gremolata.
  • Dessert – Tara – Tara, our resident dessert aficionado, was excited to make Laura’s Pumpkin Bread Pudding with Bourbon sauce (from a cookbook – feel free to search one out!). In the end, last minute, Tara came down with food poisoning (of all nights!) and had to stay home 😦  She was kind enough to think of us, despite her misery, and offered to have to her husband make it and bring it by…DEFINITELY not necessary…we were just so sad to miss her at our BEST OF Chefs’ Club!  Stacey, never one to miss dessert, was instantly searching the computer for some kind of fun dessert that we could make with ingredients we happened to have on hand.  Home-made brownies fit the bill.  All of us were floored by how EASY home-made brownies are to make! Why do we all buy boxed brownie mixes when the real deal is so simple?!?!  So, in the end, dessert was warm chocolate brownies,  Best Cocoa Brownies that is, and ice cream (Stacey never fails to have ice cream on hand, so we were in luck!). 
  • Before/After Dinner Drink –  Sarah – Sarah was assigned this role and originally planned on making the “Bluberry Beckster” from the summer months.  However, most unfortunately, Sarah’s grandmother passed away 😦  Sarah, obviously, stayed out in CA for the services, but was greatly missed at our evening.  In her absence, we decided on a very girly, celebratory drink: the Cosmo.  Laura’s cousin gave us a super simple recipe: Orange Flavored Grey Goose vodka (2 parts) mixed with light cranberry juice (1.5 parts), with a squeeze of a lime 🙂  Perfection for a girly evening.
  • Wine – Kelly – I was gone all day long at a Zumba workshop, so figured that this month I needed to take it easy as I would arrive late and miss most of the prep time.  It was sad to miss out on making a dish for the BEST OF, though!  In the end, with all of our unexpected absences, I did get to be the bartender, keeping our chefs’ supplied with Cosmopolitans while they prepped!
  • Looks like Stacey made some of our all-time favorites from the past year! Not surprising since she always does a lot of background research, reading reviews, and taking other readers recommendations.  Plus, the Chefs’ Club IS her dream baby 🙂  Thanks, Stace, for keeping us on our toes and inspiring our palates.

    The Cosmopolitans

    Cooking in the teeny tiny kitchen :)

    Cooking in the teeny tiny kitchen 🙂

    Prepping the crostini

    The Appetizer - Crostini with Roasted Garlic, Goat Cheese, and Apple Chutney

    The Appetizer - Crostini with Roasted Garlic, Goat Cheese, and Apple Chutney

    The final product! SUCH delicious flavors together.

    Taste test...


    Only 6 of us tonight, but still a lovely table!

    Salad course


    Cooking the apples for the pork...sweet, but with a spicy kick, too!

    Deliciousness! The entree and two sides from our "Best Of Chefs' Club" evening.

    Success! We're thankful to be back on's to many more "best" evenings and no repeats of December!

    Sadly, I didn’t get any shots of the BEST COCOA BROWNIES.  For that, you’ll have to make them yourselves 🙂   I’m not sure if the richness came from the recipe, or the ingredients used.  We did use an organic dark chocolate cocoa powder…amazing results!!  Enjoy!


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    1 Comment »

    1. Yumm, this is making me hungry! I need to make it up to Boston soon to visit and attend a chef’s club! Keep up all the great cooking!

      Comment by Jenny Beck | March 1, 2010 | Reply

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