Sunday, January 25, 2009
Snow spiked activities
Brrrr, it's cold, but it just makes everything that much cozier. Last evening, our dinner group enjoyed a cozy evening with comfort food, a toasty fire and great conversation. We are a group of six couples that have been getting together once a month for a themed dinner. The host/hostess for January selected "Taking Comfort", and provided the perfect setting in their beautiful country home. The menu was sooooo good, and we started with wine and appetizers served by a cozy fire. We then moved to their cozy living room where they setup banquet tables to accomodate the 12 of us. Perfect! The menu consisted of french onion soup that warmed our toes, a tropical salad that took our mind off the cold by taking us to the tropics, turkey meatloaf with baked mashed potatoes and peas, and then a wonderful chocolate godiva cake for dessert. We ended our wonderful evening with espresso and cordials. I had no problem falling asleep! Today, we will go cross country skiing to work off SOME of the calories.
Here is our comfy setting.
We have wonderful Italian pastry shoppes, so our thoughtful hostess, surprised Joe with this Chocolate Godiva birthday cake that was out of this world.
The Tropical Salad with Raspberry Poppy Seed Dressing was declared a winner! I found the recipe on the internet, and would love to give credit, but I can't locate it.
4 cups mixed baby greens
1 ripe mango diced (about 2 cups)
1 cup fresh strawberries (sliced thick)
handful of blueberries and raspberries combined
Raspberry Poppy Seed Dressing:
1/4 cup Agave
1 tsp. dry mustard powder
1/2 tsp. sea salt
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar (or lemon juice)
2 TB poppy seeds
1/3 cup fresh or frozen raspberries
1 TB shallots, minced
I put all the ingredients for the salad dressing in the food processor, with the exception of the poppy seeds. Once the dressing was mixed, I added the poppy seeds.
Here is one of the few pictures I got of the meal, putting the finishing touch on the wonderful French onion soup.