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Relaxed Monday – June Chefs’ Club

June 14, 2010
Since last month was such an extravaganza, we played it low-key. We got together on a Monday evening just to have a little time cooking with our girl friends and to catch up on life! We all arrived quite tired and wondering why on earth we had decided to take on such a full evening on a Monday night. Many of us were exhausted from work and hauling food and recipes across town  seems like a daunting task!  But, it didn’t take long to remember why we were doing this 🙂  Cooking together is something we look forward to and a way to just relax and enjoy our friendships. It was a great night!
INGREDIENTS:
FRUITS: Blackberries & Honeydew
VEGETABLES: Spinach & Rhubarb
Roles for this month:
  • Cocktail: Sarah – Blackberry Herb Cocktail.  This drink mixed sweet (blackberry sauce) with savory (rosemary) for a shockingly refreshing Prosecco cocktail! I was a bit skeptical about the rosemary, but ended up loving this drink.
  • Appetizer: Stacey –  Bruschetta with Fontina and Greens. A different take on classic bruschetta. SO good.
  • Salad: Kim – Green Tomato and Honeydew Melon Salad.  Kim actuatlly couldn’t find green tomatoes and used red instead.  We all thought the red gave it a splash of color and thought the flavor was fantastic! I haven’t tried it with the green tomatoes, but with red, it was amazing! SO refreshing and different. In addition to the tomatoes and honeydew, cilantro, cumin, and pepitas played a key role. An awesome take on a light, summer salad.
  • Main: Laura – Lemon-Rhubarb Chicken. The stuffing and the sauce really made this fun and different! It was a delicious use of the key ingredient.  I would highly recommend!  
  • Side (veggie):  Tara (was unfortunately ill and couldn’t make it at the last minute)
  • Side (starch): Erin – Rhubarb Pilaf
  • Dessert: Meredith – Blueberry Rhubarb Crisp with Pistachio Crust.  Heaven 🙂
  • Vino: Kelly B
  • Kitchen Helper: none
  • Not present: Sadly, we missed Kel and Tara on this one 😦

Blackberry Rosemary Cocktail

Delivering the Blackberry/Rosemary Cocktails to all the ladies after a long Monday at work!!

Prepping the Crostini

Ready to bake!

Beginning the salad prep

Beginning the salad prep

Enjoying the summery salads!

Making the stuffed chicken!

Making the stuffed chicken!

Delicious! The main and the side were a perfect flavor complement.

Here's the dessert before it went into the oven to bake. Unfortunately, I forgot to get a pic of the finished product! It was HEAVENLY and served with vanilla bean ice cream 🙂

Please feel free to leave a comment! Especially if you’ve tried a recipe and want to leave a review for others.  We’d love to hear how you liked it!

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