July 10, 2020
The best laid plans of mice and men oft go astray … or something like that! Our intention was to have Cookbook Club once a month. The first one was in February, so the second one should be in March … correct? Well, not in 2020. COVID raised its ugly head and put us all in a quarantine-like status – pretty much staying at home, doing puzzles, bingeing Netflix, and communicating by FaceTime, Zoom, and Instagram. For what seemed like years. Finally in June things started looking up, and we got back to planning our next meal. We all follow The Smitten Kitchen on Instagram, and The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook really rocks – like “I want to make everything in it” rocks!
The Smitten Kitchen Instagram page is full of delicious recipes for cocktails, so we decided to do the Bourbon Slush Punch – so good! https://smittenkitchen.com/2014/07/bourbon-slush-punch/
It was also a beautiful night out, so we had cocktails on the terrace!
Nancy was the hostess, and responsible for the main dish. She chose Harvest Roast Chicken with Grapes, Olives, and Rosemary. It was delicious! https://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2012/11/smitten-kitchens-harvest-roast-chicken-with-grapes-olives-shallots.html
I made the appetizer/salad, and chose Tomato Scallion Shortcakes with Whipped Goat Cheese. I had not much luck in the past making biscuits, but these turned out great! http://traceysculinaryadventures.com/2013/08/tomato-scallion-shortcakes-with-whipped-goat-cheese.html
Dee provided the side, which was Roasted Fingerling and Carrot Coins. We gave her an easy one after she made the complicated and labor intensive cake last time! https://deannasdaughter.com/?p=8954
And finally, what I think everyone will agree was the star of the show! Laura made the Blueberry Cornmeal Butter Cake, and it was divine! https://www.orwhateveryoudo.com/2015/07/lemon-blueberry-cornmeal-butter-cake.html
The wine selection was also fantastic – Paso Robles wine makers Desperada and Booker Vineyards – two of my favorites!
Overall – cocktail, meal, wine, company – could not be beat!