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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Gourmet Dinner Group for March

This month, instead of everyone bringing part of the dinner, Paul chose to cook it all and have us just contribute monetarily. That was fine with all of us, as Paul is a wonderful cook. He has gourmet taste buds and was willing to share his favorites with all of us, and we were not disappointed. The items on the menu were varied and many.

We started out with apricots stuffed with goat cheese.  I have to admit that I really don't like goat cheese.  I have tried and tried it in many things and many ways, but it's just one of those things that I never acquired a taste for.  The apricots were good though.  Sorry Paul, but they we so pretty.

Then out came the stuffed grape leaves.  I don't know exactly what they were stuffed with, but a rice and lamb mixture maybe.  Let me know Welton's.  They were very good.

You can't have a meal without bread can you?  It was delicious with fresh shaved        Parmesan cheese.

                                            Homemade tamales with.......

                            fresh homemade guacamole.  Both were outstanding.

Beef Tenderloin was my favorite. It was truly so tender and rare, was atop a bed of onions and was topped with a blue cheese sauce. It was cooked to perfection.

Another delight was this chicken dish on a bed of rice and topped with his home made sauce/salsa.  I should have paid more attention to all the ingredients but it had onions, peppers  balsamic vinegar and other things.  I guess I spent so much time looking and eating that I neglected to concentrate on the ingredients.  Sorry Paul.

Maybe my favorite thing was smoked polenta with a balsamic vinegar/chipoltle glaze on top.  I didn't get a photo of it because it was gone before I could get my camera out.  He made the polenta, flattened it and cut out rounds as if he were cutting out sugar cookies.  He grilled it on the grill so it had a little smokey flavor.  Yum, yum, yum.

Doug and Julie

Scott and Lori

Susan and Paul.....see Susan, you never take a bad photo

Rick and Laura....see Laura, it's hard to get a good photo of you but you are so darling so I keep on trying

Wayne and Joan

Jim and Jaymie

Next month...German cuisine???