Monday, June 28, 2010

Dinner Club Italian Night and The Meal Plan 6/28- 7/4

I've been away for a bit. Actually, I'm still away...we're visiting family in Indiana. Since we are "back home" visiting, we were able to join a group of our friends on Friday night for dinner. They've recently formed a gourmet club. Each couple in the group takes turns hosting and when it's your turn to host, you get to pick the theme. Everyone attending is assigned a part of the meal to bring along; bread, appetizer, side dish, etc. Our friends Nick and Chanda were hosting this month and their pick was Italian. I have to say that they did a phenomenal job hosting this event and everyone brought delicious food to the table. It was definitely a fun time and my husband and I hope that our future visits home will coincide with the meetings of "The 20 Year Club".

I thought that I'd share some pictures of the food. Here's the appetizer/drink table.

Let's take a closer look... This is my contribution, the focaccia bread. I may be shopping for another focaccia recipe. This was a little too chewy. The flavor was good, though.

Some baguette slices with olive oil for dipping.

Oh how I love Caprese Salad!

Pretty pink roses.

I can't believe that I forgot to take pictures of my favorite snack on the table, the Risotto Balls! Boy, were those good!

Before dinner, we toasted.

For the main course, Fettuccine with Roasted Chicken and Lemon Cream Sauce. This recipe was posted on this blog courtesy of our host way back in December of 2008. It's good stuff!

And let's not forget the side dishes, Bruschetta Casserole and ....

a Tuscan Squash Bake.

Here's my plate. Of course, I tried everything (some of it twice!) Here you can actually see one of those risotto balls that I forgot to's that thing that looks like a hush puppy on the left side of my plate.

And finally, dessert! My sister-in-law made these cream puffs from scratch! Half were filled with custard and half were filled with a Nutella cream. Mmmmm.

Definitely some good eats! Here's what we'll be eating the rest of this week:

Tuesday June 29th

Drive thru dinner...we'll be on the road.

Wednesday June 30th

Oven-fried Rock Bass
Black-eyed Pea Salad
Jalapeno Corn Bread

Thursday July 1st

Savory Focaccia Pie

Friday July 2nd

Kentucky Grilled Chicken

Saturday July 3rd

Cooking out

Sunday July 4th

The cook out is at our house! Everyone will bring something, and here is what I will provide:
Hot Wings-appetizer
Burgers and Hot Dogs-Main Course
Avacado and Basil Pasta Salad
Raspberry Cream Freeze Pie-dessert
Mini Root Beer Floats-dessert

So...what are you all making for the 4th?

Sorry, no grocery list this week. I accidentally left my recipes in Ohio. : )


Mary | Deep South Dish said...

Sounds yummy! I wish I had one of those cream puffs.

Julie said...

What a beautiful meal! Can you score us the recipe for the bruschetta casserole??

Kim said...

Hope you have a great visit Krista. We are getting ready to go up to Ohio. Sounds like we'll miss each other this time around.


Ty'sMommy said...

Oh how fun! I would love to find enough people to form a gourmet club with around here. That would be such a blast. THe closest I get is my Book CLub nights. :)

Everything looks wonderful! I'm a big fan of caprese salad, too....hmmmm I have fresh tomatoes in the garden...and mozzarella in the fridge....wonder what will be for dinner tonight!

tracy1878 said...

How about a recipe for the nutella cream? I already make cream puffs quite a bit, would like a change of pace on the filling.

Thanks for such a great blog (sucking up after asking a favor, you see ;) )

Mary Bergfeld said...

That must have been a fabulous meal. Everything looks delicious. I hope you have a wonderful visit. Have a great time. Blessings...Mary

Heather S-G said...

Awesome! Sounds like fun...and here I am, so close! Have a great time, Krista =)

Reeni said...

The club sounds so fun! Everything looks delicious! Safe travels!

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