Monday, September 19, 2011

September 2011 Dinner with Friends

Saturday was our Cooking-With-Friends night. This time it was at our house.

As many of you know, 5 of the six of us worked together many years ago and we started making meals together. Now, probably more than 30 years later, we are still friends, still cooking together, and still laughing a lot whenever we are together.

We get together every 3 or 4 months. There is no advance planning other than determining a date. The host house makes the main course, the others bring appetizer or dessert. We rotate from house to house.

Our dinner started with Arlene & Jim's Bacon-Wrapped Goat Cheese Stuffed fresh figs on a bed of Arugula salad. The two Jims grilled the figs on our barbeque.

Arlene and Jim bought the figs and arugula that morning at their Farmer's Market.

Next was the entrée by me and Jim: Chicken with fresh Tomatoes and Portobello Mushrooms.

Our side dishes were fried fresh Padron Peppers, Red Corn on the Cob, and Garlic Cheese Bread Sticks.

In case you want to make the Chicken dish, the recipe is on Whole Foods website; it's a version of Chicken Marengo, a dish that was named by Napoleon in 1800 after he defeated Austria in the town of Marengo in Italy...this is what he ate after the battle!

Padron Peppers seem to be the trendy vegetable of summer. On our recent Napa Valley vacation, we saw them on the menu of just about every restaurant where we ate. I find them at Farmer's Market and also in Whole Foods and Diablo them as small as you can as the bigger ones can be hot.

Dessert by Colesie & Frank was an amazing Meringue "cake" with an equally amazing Creme Anglaise-like sauce.

We lingered over dessert and enjoyed our perfect evening with good friends, good food, and good wines.

Bon Appetit!!

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