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.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Cookbook Book Club, Year Two, Volume Two

Our Original Angela was the hostess
She picked:

Julia Child
(Not just from Mastering, but any of Julia's works)

And the "pot luck gods" were in our favor
For our meal was varied and excellent:
(Disclaimer:    descriptions all in English!)

Potato Cheese Sticks
(an appetizer according to Julia
We thought they tasted a lot like potato pancakes!)

Michelle and Belinda's
Onion Soup
(in France it's not called "French" onion soup)
It was really good and made a perfect first course

Our Hostess (Original Angela)
made two entrees:

Chicken and mushrooms in a cream and butter sauce

A wonderful beef roll up dish

A vegetable and a salad

Barbara's "Greek" vegetables.   Not a salad but a cold vegetable dish
(we judged it the pretties)

Liz's beet and rice salad.    A yummy combination which we thought was the most colorful!
(and we decided that on a buffet table it might be confused with the strawberry pretzel salad.
As good as it was, that may be a cruel turn of affairs.)

Rita's zucchini and cheese casserole and
New Angela's  potatoes gratin (well, actually Angela's Mom made it -- because
New Angela broke her leg in three places on a ski trip!   But she was a trooper, coming to our dinner tonight!)

Sarah's raspberry mousse
went well with

My blueberry clafoutis
(made with local frozen blueberries!)

It was a fun evening.
We all agreed that Julia (even though she picked up a chicken off the floor)  was really a perfectionist in getting the most flavor out of each and every dish.    There was, after all, extra steps that we weren't used to.   But those steps definitely got the best flavor out of the ingredients which made the end result so much better!

We also felt that even though there were more steps in some of her recipes, they were all easy to follow.     She was very precise in how you put the dish together.

We all agreed that this was a good theme and are looking forward to Volume Three --

Spring Fling -- Recipes from the March and April Issues of Bon Appetit!


Pondside said...

What a group of good cooks and good sports! You could have sold tickets to that dinner!

Lilbitbrit said...

What a lovely group and dinner. I think I have found someone who has as much China as me.

Southerncook said...

Your cookbook book club had some delightful looking dishes too. Our group has been the most fun I have had in a long time. I absolutely love trying new dishes that I have never prepared before and taste testing, it becomes such an inspiration and a challenge. Our organization has been so much fun. Your blueberry claflouti is definitely one I would like to try when our home grown at the farm blueberries come in. Absolutely LOVED seeing about the book y'all chose and those amazing looking dishes.


Anonymous said...

Your cookbook club sounds wonderful. I want to start a club like this. How did you get it started? How many members do you have? I love cookbooks and have lots....Annie