Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Boat Club for November

I slept in this morning, I was tired.    I kinda got busy yesterday cleaning and cooking and cleaning some more.   And my kitchen still looked like a disaster area, sigh. 

We had Boat Club last night and I decided to make two things for it.  I'd been given some Persimmons by a friend and wanted to try making a cake from them, and I also had some potatoes I'd bought the last time I was in the 'big city,' and had planned on using them in some kind of dish. 

I decided to make some Smash Taters and they went over well.

However, I know you're dying to see what great dishes were brought and shared.   

You are, aren't you? 

Too bad, cause here they are:

First off, the appetizers...
 I love cream cheese with any kind of jelly topping, hot or sweet, and these had chopped pecans as well.   
 In the middle were Chinese Eggplant slices, and around that were a Zucchini Fritter.   I managed to taste one of each before they were totally consumed.     
 Nacho boats.   Cheese, peppers in little chip boats, really tasty.
 I had to kinda maneuver and take a picture from overhead for this fun cheese plate.  Boursin cheese in the little foil container, plus lovely heirloom tomatoes cuddling up with some mozzarella. 
 And for more of a healthy take, how about some Papaya chunks, with Kiwi hats, and fresh Rosemary on the plate as well.   As you can tell, I didn't get to the plate before people started eating them.    I do love a nice fresh papaya.  

And there's the Pineapple and you can see the Santa toothpick holder in the background.  
I know you wait to see him in every post where we have a round up of great dishes.

Next up, the side dishes and the main dishes.
 There was this gorgeous salad, and I didn't get a shot of the beautiful wooden bowl it was served in.
 From scratch, Mac and Cheese bake, using several different cheeses.   And you know I had a generous helping of it.   I do love my pasta
 There was  huge platter of ham, and it didn't take long to disappear either.   

One of these days, I have to learn how to cook a ham so it doesn't dry out.  sigh.
 I've had this before.   Cheesy Potatoes.   Decadent, rich and so very good.  
 I made some Smash Taters, and ummm, I forgot to sprinkle some salt on top after I cooked them, but people ate them anyway.   I'll share the how-to's later on this week.  
 Caprese Tomatoes with Mozzarella and a lovely sprinkle of fresh parsley.   I could just eat these by themselves, with maybe a slice of good home made bread. 
 I guess it was a potato kind of night?   At any rate there were also some great broad beans and red potatoes brought.   I'd never had potatoes and beans cooked together before coming south, but I like them.  
 Cauliflower in Cheese sauce.  The picture doesn't do the dish justice.  But it was very good.  
Then there was this Fish dish.  I don't know what to call it, but it was very tasty and went well with the potatoes. 

And now for the desserts.      And as usual, we had some very good ones.  

I made a Persimmon Pudding Cake with a Cream Cheese Marshmallow Fluff frosting.  

I'll be sharing the how to's and what not to do, later on this week.   
 We had a yummy Banana Cake brought, with a lovely creamy frosting.  
And there was a Cherry Cheesecake as well.  

And for a change, I actually sampled all the desserts and I can tell you, they were all good.

Well, that's the round up for this month.   I need to go take a long hike to try to burn off some of the calories from last night.   

Gotta start planning what I'm going to make for the next Tapas Night. 

I've got ideas...
Sidsel Munkholm - Author
Sidsel Munkholm - Author

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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