Sunday, September 27, 2009

Tallahassee Cooking Club, September 2009

Tailgating is a college tradition and our theme this month was a Gourmet Tailgate.  This evening was proof that you can still throw a kick-butt tailgate at home. We joined our hosts dressed in our best fan gear to eat and watch the Florida State Seminoles play against the Brigham Young Cougars. Fortunate for the Seminole fans there was not an unpleasant moment in this game for them (sigh). For us, too bad they were not hosting their tailgate for this week's game-oh, not pretty.




As our friends know, we bleed orange and blue for the University of Florida Gators. Did I mention that they were the #1 ranked college football team in the nation? Whew, I feel better continuing my blog post about this great Seminole tailgate party. A Seminole fan we are not, but we can appreciate a good tailgate party and our hosts would do just that.


All cooking club evenings begin with a good selection of wine.



A small plate for two of elegant bite-sized appetizers featuring beer foamed shrimp, cantaloupe and cilantro, honeydew and cucumber, cheese won-tons and salsa, strawberries and spinach with a balsamic reduction sauce and bacon butterscotch and apple.



Followed by a proscuitto stuffed with mozzarella cheese and herbs served on a bed of greens.



A grown-up version of macaroni and cheese



A slow oven baked version of Beef Bourginon



Followed by Mango-Blueberry fool garnished in Florida Gator orange and blue.



After tailgate drinks anyone?



Final Score Florida State 54, Brigham Young 28

We host our next Cooking Club! Our theme will be Colombian. I have been following Erica's blog and have been inspired by her fabulous Colombian recipes. Please check out her web site at www.colombianrecipes.com

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32 comments:

Chow and Chatter said...

your cooking club rocks

A Year on the Grill said...

WOW...I'm available, when's the next party???

I love the effort you guys put into this, great party, great post

doggybloggy said...

columbian - count me in sounds like a blast!

girlichef said...

DROOLING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yum, I like your style ;)

Fresh Local and Best said...

What a feast! It looks like you had a great party!

Donna-FFW said...

OOOHHH!!! Looks like a delicious spread..

Foodie with Little Thyme! said...

I'm so jealous of your food club! And yes I'll take a cocktail please.

Luigi said...

Wow, a true feast! The Macaroni Cheese really caught my eye, looked mouth watering.

THE ACTORS DIET said...

gorgeous eats!!!

Simply Life said...

Oh wow, each plate looks gorgeous and delicious!

Barbara said...

Love football, loved your post. And super photos- enough to make me drool.

Claudia said...

Ohj tell me more about your appetizers. I do a "Cover girl dinner" every month - where I prepare cover recipes from Bon Appetit and then just go off on my own tangent to round out the meal. I love that they're down-home meals with a foodie touch!

5 Star Foodie said...

What a delicious feast, each dish look superb!

Laura in Paris said...

WOW, what a feast! I am sure everyone enjoyed the delicious meal and superb wines.

Sophie said...

It looks that you all had a great time cooking up a storm & dining in class!

MMMMMMMMMMM,...

The Absence of Alternatives said...

Oh my. I've never been to a tailgate party before. I think after reading through this post and looking at the pictures and wiping drool off of my chin, you have forever "ruined" tailgate parties for me. LOL. They'll never be good enough now. ;-)

The Desperate Cook said...

Wow!!! great party, let all of us know when the next one is and we just might crash it. I love a good..kick butt party!!

unconfidentialcook said...

Can I come? Yum!

RITA said...

Everything looks delicious. I bet a good time was had by all. Rita

Angie's Recipes said...

wow...the cooking club sounds fantastic
Love mango-blueberry fool in that champagne flute...

Angie's Recipes

Heavenly Housewife said...

Mmmm... can I have some macaroni and cheese?

Katy ~ said...

Oh my. Everything looks scrumptious. I wouldn't know where to start (or when to stop!! LOL)

Ferni's Food said...

my bf college football team are the seminoles and his cousins team are the gators lol. Your gourment party looks delish!

Gina said...

Wow! All of that looks fantastic!

Grace said...

methinks the only thing more fantastic than tailgating would be gourmet tailgating, all of that food looks positively delicious, especially the mac & cheese. pardon me whilst i wipe up my drool. :)

Mimi said...

What fantastic food for a tailgate. Mr. Mimi, who is a Gator, would appreciate your dessert salute to UF while in Seminole territory.
Go Gators!
Mimi

Lynn said...

This menu looks heavenly! So how does your club work? Does every couple/family bring a dish, or does the host family provide it all? Boy, I am so drooling over here. My tomato quiche is in the oven and after looking at these pictures I'm even more ready to eat it :)

Phyllis@AROUND THE HOUSE said...

Wow, can I come for dinner, I am so hungry just looking at the wonderful items you've made, I also love the sunflower picture...I can't believe you love to serve hor d' just like I do....I have to become a follower...come for a visit,I'ed love to have you...Phyllis

Erin said...

I want to go to tailgate parties like your's. AMAZING!!!

Phyllis AROUND THE HOUSE said...

I on my way for the party, except I don't think you need my help, it looks you do pretty well on your own...I wanted to comment on your name, my aunt velva and my mom melva, the only people I ever knew with the name, my mom hated her melva name and changed it to jean but my aunt velva loved hers, as do I...small world

frockandfork said...

WOW - I love your Mango-Blueberry fool!! I have been experimenting with fools lately :) You gave my a fresh new idea - thanks!

Jane said...

I want to join your tailgate club!!! I, too, bleed orange and blue. But it's burnt orange and navy blue...and I yell War Eagle. Can I still come?

Jane (artfully graced)

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