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, May 25, 2017

Cookbook Book Club - May

Backyard BBQ was the theme for May
How fitting for the Thursday before Memorial Day weekend
(probably the second day in grill meals -- Father's Day is first!)

A sign welcomed us!

And a lovely table was set out in the garden!

 Complete with "ants" -- which in this case were perfectly acceptable!

We started off the evening with

A lemonade tasting --
my favorite (and the majority of the club's) was A
It was fresh squeezed lemon juice and simple syrup!
Sweet and tangy

The hostess always provides the entree --
In this case sometimes member Belynda helped Michelle

The best hamburgers (because they were made from Belynda's father's beef (and pork), filled with cheese (Provel), more cheese on top (Smoked Gouda) as well as sautéed mushrooms.
All served on brioche buns with a balsamic vinegar aioli!

We all brought traditional BBQ sides . . but with a twist.
One rule we have is that you cannot make tried and true

Liz brought the potato salad -- a Weight Watcher's German Potato Salad
that was very good.    With cucumber and a hit of Dijon, one member remarked that 
this was her favorite potato salad!

What's a bbq picnic without corn on the cob?     Rita brought this traditional side dish but with a twist -- grilled with basil which gave the corn a wonderful sweet flavor!

I brought coleslaw.     Traditional coleslaw with a twist -- a tequila/lime dressing
Everyone raved!

You can't have a picnic without a pasta salad and Rhonda brought a pasta salad with spinach, peas, cherry tomatoes, a good shower of Parmesan and a lemon cream dressing 

Donna's grilled vegetables that she had to do inside.     They were really good and a good compliment with everything else.

And woman doesn't live by food alone --
There needs to be dessert!

Michelle's Banana Split Cake
(and old time favorite but Michelle had never made it although she's eaten it --
and that's a rule -- you can never had made it before!)

And for the second dessert . . . 

Angela's lemon ice cream -- not sorbet, not sherbet but
ice cream!
She'd eaten it on vacation with gingersnaps and that's what I topped mine with --
but she brought raspberry puree, toasted coconut and lemon curd to add as well.

The weather was perfect for dining outside and as always the "pot luck" gods smiled on us
for we had no duplicates!

Looking forward to June -- it's Venezulean!


Barbara said...

I love the idea of a cookbook club. What fun!

Grace said...

I will certainly recommend your blog more often!