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Sunday Dinner – September 2010 Chefs’ Club

Sunday, September 19, 2010

A Sunday Dinner!  We decided to have a big ‘family’ dinner on Sunday evening.  There was a fantastic mix of flavors!!  We started off the night with richly-colored plum cocktails and moved our way out to the porch to eat our warm and gooey French onion soup.  It started getting dark (and our porch isn’t all that large) so we had to move it inside for the rest of the meal.  Delicious-ness all around 🙂

THE INGREDIENTS:

  • FRUITS: Plum and Lime
  • VEGETABLES: Eggplant and Onions

THE ROLES:

  • Cocktail: Kelly B – Plum Cocktail.  Cooking down the plums, I was quite worried because the plums didn’t seem ripe enough…they were quite beige and had none of the color vibrancy I was going for.  But after cooking down, it made a fantastically bright, festive, and flavorful syrup to mix into the cocktail. I would definitely recommend this drink!  You can always chance up the ratio to make it sweeter and/or stronger depending upon the personal preferences of your guests.
  • Appetizer/Soup: Stacey – French Onion Soup.  She took this classic recipe from Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French cooking.
  • Salad: Erin – Plum Salad
  • Main: Kim – Pan-Seared Tilapia with Chile-Lime Butter. (Made this recipe with Mahi Mahi instead, since that was on sale at the grocery store.  Must keep within the budget!!)
  • Side: Sarah – Greek Stuffed Aubergine.  Since the internet was down, Sarah found her recipe the old-fashioned way – in a cookbook!  It’s a cookbook from one of her favorite little Cafes on Martha’s Vineyard: Table Talk by Carol McManus. Fantastic Eggplant recipe!
  • Side: Laura Rice Pilaf with Spinach and Caramelized Onions.
  • Dessert: Kelly J. –  Lime Angel Food Cake with Lime Glaze & Pistachios. Light and full of flavor.  Yum!
  • Wine: Sarah, Stacey, and Erin  (Thanks, girls, for signing on for double-duty!)
  • Not Present: Meredith and Tara 😦

 

Prepping and catching up on life

 

Prepping the dinner...chopping onions!

 

Plum cocktail!

Bartending

Plum cocktails for everyone!

The soup crocks are ready for the oven!

Perfectly bubbled and browned 🙂 What a treat!

Squeezing onto the porch to enjoy our first course of the evening.

 

Warm good-ness in a bowl....wouldn't recommend eating it in your lap, though...difficult to balance!

 

Salads are ready to serve!

 

Back inside for the salad...SUCH great flavors!

Searing the Mahi Mahi...

 

Making the rice pilaf

 

Sarah's cookbook of her favorite Cafe on Matha's Vineyard.

Greek Stuffed Aubergine (Eggplant) recipe

 

The main dish! My photography skills are a bit lacking here, obviously. My apologies!

 

Preparing the dessert 🙂 Home-made angel food cake!

 

Glazed and pistachio-ed 🙂 Served up with citron sorbet.

Delectable! A light and flavorful dessert -- served up with Cirtron Sorbet!

 

And that makes for the end of a delicious Sunday meal together. Enjoy! Please leave a comment if you have tried any of the dishes to let us know what you think!

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