Tales from the Hill's Country

Quips, stories and observations from our adventures in marriage and parenting (as told by Katie).

Monday, January 24, 2011

Supper Club 2011

For Supper Club this year we are trying something different. Each meal will come from the cookbook Peace Meals (which was put together by the Houston Junior League). 
Since picking the theme (then choosing a dish that fit the theme) seemed to be the most stressful part of Supper Club last year, we got together and chose 12 menus for 2011. 

January was a hit with this menu: 

Maple Salmon Bites (p. 65)
Seared Yellowtail Tuna Salad with Wasabi Vinaigrette (p. 127)
Roasted Beets with Orange (p. 213)
Chocolate Pots du Crème (p. 244)

I was in charge of the Maple Salmon Bites and Tuna. I only got a picture of the Maple Salmon Bites:
Those were definitely the hit of the night! Everyone listed that as their favorite. Word to the wise: order the salmon with skin OFF from the seafood counter. I didn't even think to mention that... and peeling skin from salmon is not easy!

The Seared Yellowtail Tuna Salad with Wasabi Vinaigrette was good too. Though changing the quantity from two to five was a little tricky. Due to the cost of sashimi grade tuna patties, I think that this is best served for a special couples meal. It would be a really impressive dish for Valentine's Day! Ours was good, but next time I think I'll double the wasabi paste and half the salt. 

Ashley was in charge of the Roasted Beets with Orange and the Chocolate Pots du Crème. The Beets were good, though Ashley mentioned that the way she "normally" cooks beets (that girl's awesome-- I'm not sure I had even eaten a beet before Thursday!) is just as good and much easier. The Pots du Crème were good too... but we all agreed that we like the Chocolate Molten Lava Cake (p. 242) much better. (I made that at last January's Supper Club and it's been a staple at our dinner parties ever since!)

Next month promises Duck, Smoked Gouda Mashed Sweet Potatoes and Vanilla Bean Souffle-- can't wait!


  1. Piece Meals is a wonderful cookbook. My walking group talks about recipes from it all the time. I like reading your name in the "Recipe Contributors" section!