Chris was responsible for our opening offering and she chose first to prepare Kalamata Olives and Chevre Phyllo Appetizers. She additionally prepared Pico de Gallo using her garden fresh tomatoes.
|The salty tartness of the Kalamata Olives and Chevre Phyllo Appetizers was just wonderful!|
|Tomatoes from Chris's garden!|
|~sautéing sweet onions in my new, beautiful, All-Clad sauté pan!|
|~to a light golden color~|
|~cream, whole milk and beautiful brown eggs from my friend Sue's chickens~|
|~ blind baking the tart crust~|
|~a little grated nutmeg to add to the mixture~|
|~pour it all into the tart shell~|
|~and bake - delicious!|
|When we walked in, the smell of this cooking was just amazing! It had a nice balsamic tang and bite to it - just delicious!|
|~reducing the cooking broth down to a wonderful sauce~|
|Now, we all know that zucchini is good for us, but the more we learn, it turns out that chocolate is as well! So there you have it - a rich, sweet, moist dessert that is good for you! (finally)|
Being the thoughtful friend and hostess that she is, Tierney had special words for each of us next to our place-settings. I realize that I need to step up my game when I host next month!
September is my month to choose our food theme, and I told the others awhile back that I would like to focus on local foods. There should still be an abundance of produce available, and as the "local food" movement has grown nationwide, it has around us as well. Not to fear that we have completely moved away from our "country" themed meals. Chris has October, and we will be cooking "Transylvania"- a historical region in Central Romania and a great Halloween themed country. Till then, as Julia would say ~