Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Citrus....ahhhh, so refreshing!



If this is going to be a true blog, then I think I should include all of my passions. For the past 4 1/2 years, I have been part of a club that share a passion. It's the New York Chapter of Gourmet Club started by my great friend Phoebe Hall who has since relocated to some far away ranch in Texas. (shout out to you, Phoebe!) Now, this club isn't for everyone, not for any snobbery or anything, but truly for the 14 women that belong, their passion is food and entertaining. Every month there is one partnership that is in charge. It's up to them to develop a theme, several courses, beautifully expedited invitations, an ambience, a take along gift and recipes to share. Believe me, for the month that it's your turn, it's intense (just ask our spouses and children), but it's heaven the other months that you attend and are simply a guest. It's usually the highlight of my month.

Last month, the fabulous Allison Smith and I (go TEAM SMITH!) executed an outrageous meal with a citrus theme. Did you ever think about how many possibilities there are out there in the citrus realm? Citrus is one of those delightfully versatile fruits that can really go well with any course so we ran with it. This is what we served: Chicken Tikkas with Mint Chutney, Virgin Mojitos, Walnut Ricotta Stuffed Artichokes, Lemon Risotto, Citrus Salad with Avocado and Celery Seed dressing, London Broil with Soy Citrus Aioli, and FOUR mini desserts-- Flourless Chocolate Cake with a Gran Marnier Anglaise, Lime Custard Stuffed Crepes, Kumquat Tartlets & a Grapefruit Chocolate Tart. For the complete list of recipes and the how to, go here. Let me know if you try any of them. They are all wonderfully delicious!









7 comments:

nyclizzie said...

Somebody please help me! I can't figure out how to post pictures in any less than frustrating style. After calling all my blogging buddies tonight (and you're all losers for not answering)I just posted this less than attractive post. Could it be that I'm feverish and sicker than a dog that I'm not getting it. I need a course in blogging 101. Somebody?

Julie said...

This almost makes me want to want to cook. The food looks fantastic and makes me very, very hungry.

tenacious d said...

I was always jealous of the gourmet club people when I was in NYC. THIS IS WHY!! You guys make the most wonderful stuff and present it so beautifully.

tenacious d said...

Oh, and I don't have a freakin' clue how to make the pictures post better. I would love to be one of those people who can design a great title and background and make the pictures look like a magazine layout. I don't think it's Blogging 101, I think that it's Blogging 300 at least.

Dani said...

I love to cook, but I think the club would stress me out way tooo much. And here I thought the pictures were from Gourmet magazine! Wow!

Becky said...

WOW!!! Is all I have to say!! You can invite us over anytime with food like that!! Even your spaghetti is gourmet appropriate (according to my kids)

The Silly Witch said...

Wow, definitely now for me. No one wants to come to my parties, but man, I'd love to taste those delectable desserts!