Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Friday, February 27, 2015

The Cookbook Club, Vol. II

We had our second meeting of The Cookbook Book Club.    The hostess choses what we will cook from (one chef, one style, one cookbook, one food), we draw lots to see who brings what.    And we eat!

Last night the hostess chose Lidia Bastianich.     Not one cookbook, but any of her recipes.    We've all watched Lidia on PBS and we all feel fortunate that we have a Lidia's Restaurant in Kansas City (although most of us have not been).

The food in a nutshell was amazing!     Fresh ingredients, flavorful real Italian food.    And not a red sauce in any dish!     

We ate, we visited, we told why we selected the recipe that we did and whether or not we would make it again.     Everyone loved everything!      There wasn't a bad recipe in the bunch.     And there were some that I certainly would make again!

The Cookbook Club
Vol. 2 - Lidia's

Asparagi Gratinati al Parmigiano Reggiano -

Asparagus Gratin with Parmigiano-Reggiano Cheese

Involtini Di Pollo All Salmoriglio -

Breast of Chicken in a Light Lemon-Herb Sauce

Fettuccine with butter sage sauce

Fettuccine with Butter Sage Sauce
(sans sage and with mushrooms added)

Tortino di Ricotta e Zucca

Squash and Ricotta Tart

Insalata di Carote e Mele

Carrot and Apple Salad

 Focaccia d'Altamura

Onion-Tomato Focaccia

Zabaglione e Crumiri

Zabaglione with cornmeal cookies

We had a feast that's for sure.    And we're looking forward to Vol. 3 -- Irish!      I've drawn "Salad" which doesn't seem Irish at all (except it may be green!)     I've got some studying to do!      

It's a fun night, we've got some amazing cooks who are producing amazing food!

My dish -- was the chicken!    It was good.    The house smelled heavenly and I would make it again. It does remind me of one that Ina makes -- only her chicken is not pounded and rolled.    But some of the same flavors are in the olive oil and garlic sauce.     I make that often for I really like it.    This one I may save for company for it's a bit fussier than Ina's!

Oh, and the recipes.      They're all on  Lidia's website.     

It's Friday and I'm sharing our amazing Lidia night with Michael at Rattlebridge Farm for Foodie Friday.


Michelle said...

I love the idea of a cookbook book club! I may have to get some of my foodie friends together! We had a company Christmas party at Lidia's about 3-4 years back…sooo good! It's also a great place to stop by later in the evening for coffee and dessert after doing the First Friday art gallery walk nearby.

Barbara said...

My sister has been in a monthly gourmet group of 4 couples for over 40 years!! The host (alternating) chooses the menu, does the main dish, while the others do the sides. They have used themes, cookbooks, magazines, etc. I don't "like" to cook because I am usually disappointed with the results. But a cookbook club would be fun! Thanks for sharing.

GardenOfDaisies said...

Just stopping by to say Hi. And now my mouth is watering! It all looks delicious. We love Lidias! It's one of my favorite places to go for my birthday or our anniversary.

Pat said...

All this delicious, rich food makes me extremely proud of my heritage. . . part Italian!!!. . .and you're upcoming Cookbook Club will celebrate the other part of my heritage this month. . .Irish!!! I'll be watching for the amazing dishes your group comes up with, dear friend!!!

Anonymous said...

It appears that your new cookbook dinner group has gotten off to an outstanding start. I have most of Lidia's books but a couple of those recipes I have not tried. I am anxious to try your Chicken dish and that Squash and Ricotta Tart looked amazing. I may have to make that this week. Hope I can find the recipe. It appears that this dinner group was an excellent idea.