Thursday, October 7, 2010

Tallahassee Cooking Club, October 2010

This month's Cooking Club theme was Black and White.  The beauty of using this theme is that there are so many other eye popping colors that contrast.

The appetizer consisted of three selections; skewered goat cheese filled kalamata olives,  a spicy black bean shooter and deep purple, almost black baby potato stuffed with cream fraiche and topped with caviar.

The salad was a flavorful mixture of cauliflower, white beans and feta cheese
(note: This salad will be a future blog post)

Our entree was an elegant Pork Tenderloin with a Blackberry Gastrique and Mango Salsa.

Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Blackberry Gastrique and Mango Salsa
Serves 10-12
Recipe prepared by Shirley Mcfadden



2 ripe mangoes, medium dice
3 Tablespoons finely chopped red onion
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated lime zest
2 Tablespoons fresh lime juice
3 Tablespoons fresh mint leaves, chopped

Mix ingredients together and let stand at room temperature for 2 hours.

Blackberry Gastrique

1/4 cup red wine vinegar
8-ounces high quality blackberry seedless preserves or jelly
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups frozen blackberries

Heat vinegar and jelly together.  Reduce to a sauce consistency. Before serving add frozen berries and heat.

Pork Tenderloin

3-pork tenderloins (1-lb. each)

Pork Marinade
1/8 cup kosher salt
3 cups warm water
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
Red pepper flakes to taste
3 tablespoons brown sugar
1-1/2 cups ice cubes

Add ingredients together and marinate the pork tenderloin for 20 minutes.

Heat grill, remove tenderloins from marinade and pat dry.  Liberally grind black pepper on each tenderloin.  Cook on grill until desired doneness.  Remove from grill.  Tent the meat for 10 minutes.  Pour sauce on the pork and decoratively place fresh blackberries on the pork and garnish with mango salsa.



Sommer said...

Everything looks so delicious! I would love to be apart of a cooking club :)

Karen Harris said...

Beautiful dishes enjoyed with friends, nothing better. I love the black and white theme.

TKW said...

I always get jealous when I read these posts!

Christo Gonzales said...

I want to move to Florida just to be in this cooking circle - everything looks so good - in fact it looks divine!

Chef E said...

Oh how hungry I am right now- would eat dinner for breakfast any day!

The Rowdy Chowgirl said...

Everything looks so good...I love these kind of challenging food themes that get everyone thinking creatively!

Mimi said...

Good food, good friends all the ingredients you need for a memorable evening.
It's still Go Gators at our house. (Those anteaters don't play football)

The JR said...

Oh a cooking club sounds like so much fun!

A Canadian Foodie said...

I need to start a dinner club. I really miss the one I used to have. What fun - and clearly your group are all food people - what a spread! So, you brought the cauliflower salad? Can't wait for the post on it!

Carol said...

Everything looks delicious! How much fun is that to have a dinner club! Fantastic!

Claudia said...

I love, love this and wish to immediately join your club. That's what they have airplanes for, correct?

RamblingTart said...

Wow, Velva! How stunning and delectable EVERYTHING is!! From the shooters to the gastrique - just wonderful. :-)

Julie said...

I wish I lived in your area!! I would love to start a group here. I just don't know enough foodies! Love the appetizers!

Lorraine said...

Beautiful menu and your pork tenderloin recipe sounds so delicious. Must have been a very nice time:)

The Old White Barn said...

This is wonderful! We all wish we lived near you.....

Marguerite said...

What an elegant menu! Beautiful! Thanks for the great recipes!

Monet said...

What a sophisticated and beautiful menu. Thank you for sharing it with us...I wish I could join a cookign club. Maybe I need to start one here in Austin! The cauliflower salad looks delicious...I can't wait to see the recipe.

Looking Forward said...

We live in Tally. Any info on how to join the Cooking Club?


Heather S-G said...

This is such a fun club...I need to find a group of people around here that roll like this :D

Lea Ann said...

Everything looks so elegant and sophisticated! What a fun club. I'm a cauliflower fan, so you know I'm loving that salad.

Unknown said...

My mouth is watering! Everything about it that dinner looks better than the next! I could eat that entire appetizer plate!

Hungry Dog said...

Wow. That tenderloin looks amazing, and I am a sucker for anything with blackberries!

Ana Powell said...

Everything looks so delicious.
Have a great weekend ♥

Betsy Banks Adams said...

Hi Velva, That pork/blackberry dish looks delicious... So does the cauliflower/white beans one..... Yum!!!!!

Thanks for the great recipes....

MaryMoh said...

What fun! Love all the food there...beautiful presentation. Wish there's a cooking club here! Maybe I should start one :)

Anonymous said...

A cooking club sounds like so much fun Velva and your dishes look absolutely scrumptious! Wonderful recipes. Thank you so much for visiting my blog and the nice comment. When I have more time I'll come back and look around yours more but I'm just headed out for the long weekend. so this is a quick visit. I'll be back next week!

Angie's Recipes said...

I like "black and white". Everything looks so tasty. The salad with cauliflowers looks extremely delicious!

Barbara said...

What fun to have a black and white theme, Velva. Everyone really had to use their ingenuity! And they were successful too! Going to use the goat cheese stuffed olive recipe soon.

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

What a great idea for a theme. It's elegant (remember the basic black dress?) and what fun to come up with different combinations.

Susi's Kochen und Backen said...

Fantastic looking meal and awesome execution of the theme! Looking forward to the blog post about the cauliflower salad :o)

Chef Dennis Littley said...

what a great dinner you had! I love those pork tenderloins with those lovely berries!!
this was a great themed party, wish I could have been there!

Chef Aimee said...

Velva, I will be honest and say that I may steal this cooking club theme and suggest it so mine! What a brilliant idea! This month my supper club is doing a soup swap!

Faith said...

You're making me hungry! everything looks delicious. An amazing idea too :)

LaDivaCucina said...

Wow! Great job on the Black and White theme, I really thought the first plate was all chocolate! Potatoes and caviar are the next best thing in my eyes! Wish I had time for a cooking club but when I'm off, I want people to cook for ME! haha!

Fresh Local and Best said...

Oh this looks like such a flavorful dish with international culinary influences, and it is so beautifully presented!

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