Another wonderful cooking club event took place on Saturday evening. It has been raining for days and the evening was just ripe for a club get together. This month's theme was Greek . The theme is always selected by the person who hosts the dinner and this month our event was hosted by Shirley. As always, she did a great job hosting her guests. Wow! The food, wine and the fun. You can't ask for a better way to spend your an evening eating a great meal with friends who like you, share a passion for food. The evening began with a selection of wines from France, Spain, California and Yes, a wine from Greece was included too.
With our wines we enjoyed grape leaves stuffed with lamb, beef, onion, oregano, rice and lemons. Served with fresh hummus and pita chips.
Fred and I had the salad which was the easiest part of the meal. The Greeks have a traditional chopped salad that included romaine, thinly sliced fennel bulb, red bell pepper, kalamata olives and feta cheese. The dressing was a fresh vinaigrette that included ample amounts of olive oil, ground black pepper and oregano.
The main dish was shrimp, artichoke, tomatoes and feta served along side a traditional moussaka and Greek style roasted potatoes as a side dish.
The dessert was a Greek Odyssey Sampler that included three distinctly different desserts, just slightly bigger than bite-size. A homemade honey thyme ice cream with a caramel sauce and pistachio-pine nut cookie. A basil creme baklava with roasted nectarine and a tahini cake soaked in Greek liqueur with date whipped cream.
We enjoyed another great evening and are already thinking about our next cooking club event.
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