Tuesday, November 29, 2011

November Tapa's Night

Can't believe it's already November, and not only November, but it's also after Thanksgiving as well.   Yikes, where does the time go?

We didn't have as large a turnout as usual for Tapa's night, probably had something to do with the fact it was Thanksgiving weekend and people either were visiting family or had family visiting them, so were unable to make it to our little do.   

I'm kinda tired today, not only did we have our monthly Tapa's Night Saturday night, we also hosted a Thanksgiving dinner this week and had a few friends in.   I cooked the turkey, made the potatoes, rolls, gravy and Wild Rice Stuffing, a Pumpkin Pie and this absolutely wonderful Green Bean Casserole from the Pioneer Woman website.  And friends brought in a lot of really good food as well.   

So Saturday night, since I thought that we'd had more than enough rich food I basically just put out cheese plates.  
Olives waiting to be put into dish.

I had bought a Mozzarella Cheese Sheet Unwrap and Roll by Belgioso and thought it would be fun to try it with some of the fresh basil from the plant I have growing on my windowsill, and of course some sliced Roma Tomatoes.   So I tried it.

Next time I will read the instructions, I didn't realize you could make two rolls out of the one.  It did make for a very pretty presentation anyway.  When I was finished I drizzled it with some EVOO and a couple grinds of sea salt.   I also put out a nice little Camembert Cheese and some sliced lunch meats.

And as usual, our guests brought some fun stuff.  From a gourmet 4 cheese pizza, to a really interesting presentation of Ham Puffs,

and I'm getting the recipe for these, they were so tasty, and when I do, I'll share it here.    There was Hummus and some artisan bread as well.   And another friend brought something really good, he called it Pantry Brunswick Stew.

And I made sure I had a bowlful,  (they left me some for later too, giggle).    I've been promised the recipe for that as well.   And I'll share it here, as soon as I get it.   I was very interested that the whole potful had been made out of canned foods from the pantry.   Which is almost the antithesis of Brunswick Stew, in that it doesn't get slow cooked for hours and hours and hours, but then again, who doesn't need a great recipe you can pull out of the panty when you need a meal like this?    I know I do.    I added some hot sauce and it just was wonderful.

Now to think of what to make for Boat Club, which will be coming up the second Monday of Dec., ...





Sid Munkholm
Sid Munkholm

Sid loves to cook, feed people and have fun in the kitchen. She shares her successes and the involuntary offerings she sometimes gives the kitchen goddess as well. And she's still looking for the mythical fairy to help her clean the kitchen after a marathon cooking session. Currently working on a cookbook showcasing the recipes from her Danish heritage.

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