BITE met again recently - quite soon after our last gathering. The son of our host for this month will be getting married in a few short weeks, so we moved the time up a bit so that she had a little "wiggle room". Ellen determined the theme "Decadence" for July - a departure from our usual country/ethnic themes. Of course - I forgot my camera, so the pictures that you see below are the closest that I found to what was actually served. Below each photo - you will find the address for its source.
We still abided by our tradition of each member being responsible for a course - and I was in charge of appetizers. I decided to make two, and did a Cheese and Wine Fondue for the first offering. While I love anything to do with wine, and anything to do with melted cheese - I have never made fondue before. It was absolutely delicious! I made it earlier in the day and was a bit concerned with how it would reheat prior to taking it to dinner. I had no trouble with it at all. As in the picture below, we dipped cut up French bread into it - I could have just used a soup spoon and been happy!
Next I made Olive Tarts. This is a recipe that I have made many times before, having borrowed it from my mother who has also made them many, many times. They are a bit of a family tradition, and we just love them - I had Bruce drop some off at my parent's house that evening, knowing that my dad would not want to miss out!
Next, Tierney brought a side-dish of Lobster Mac and Cheese. Oh my goodness! It was incredible! A wonderfully crunchy top followed by creamy, cheesy pasta and chunks of sweet lobster - all of my favorite food groups!
OK - so at this point - it just keeps getting better. Ellen's offering was Lobster Pie! I'm not kidding - lobster pie! I was in lobster heaven! I have never eaten anything like it before - but you can bet that I will make this at home! It was just delectable.
For dessert, Chris brought Dulce de Leche Cake. A sweet, extremely moist cake that, after having a leftover piece that I brought home, Bruce declared he wanted for his birthday.
Before leaving home for our dinner, I told my son that I thought that there would probably not be a vegetable in sight - and I was right (save for the olives in the "olive tarts"). Every bite was "decadence" indeed. I mentioned several times throughout the evening that I was so glad that I'd had my cholesterol tested the month before - I can only imagine what it was like the morning after our meal! But I guess that that's what makes some foods decadent - you know it's not terribly good for you - but it tastes oh so good. And, you know that you only do it every once-in-awhile.
I don't know what our theme will be for next month, but since I'm in charge of the side-dish, I think that I will bring along a salad - just for good measure!