Saturday, May 19, 2007

Dinner Club

A few years ago, my good friends and I started a dinner club in our neighborhood. The same six couples still belong. We meet roughly every 2 months. The host couple plans the menu, cooks the main course and provides the beverages. The other couples are assigned a recipe to prepare. We usually try to aim for unusual dishes or ones that might take more time than we usually are willing to spend to prepare. As a result, we usually end up with a fabulous menu but each of us doesn't have to spend an entire day cooking the whole meal.

For tonight's dinner club, I was assigned a salad of my choice. I wanted to do something a little different and remembered a delicious salad I had last year in Montreal at a restaurant called Au Pied de Cochon. I remember it had beets and goat cheese and was stacked. Don't recall whether there was anything else to it or not but it was fabulous. So I looked on and found inspiration for my salad. I'm using roasted red and gold beets, goat cheese, sugared walnuts and mesclun greens drizzled with just a touch of shallot-lemon vinaigrette. Hope it's a hit!

Sewing update: I started this top last weekend and all I had left was the hem and final stitching on the tie. I finished it this morning and will wear it to dinner club tonight. It's a New Look pattern, #6658 view A; the fabric is a silky polyester print I purchased at JoAnn's a month or two ago.


Allegra said...

the salad looks amazing! (drool drool!) I've made a salad like that before, using pumpkin seeds and blue cheese instead of goat, and lots of beets! Love it!
You are just a sewing machine! Ha HA! I love all your FOs. It really makes me wish you lived near me and could teach me how to sew (or even turn on a sewing machine!!)

Anonymous said...

Love the top Bonnie! You are so talented!! I wish I could sew.

Everything looks good on you - argghh - I wanna smack you - LOLLLL!

Have you ever done a progressive dinner? We used to do that when I lived in Ohio and was in Jobs Daughters. They were so much fun.

Linda in VA

KnittyNancy said...

Your top is beautiful. You are so multi-talented. The salad and the new top had to be a big hit.

vegasangelbrat said...

You are such a talentled lady!! That salad looks very inviting too...colorful!
Happy Sewing..have some great choices of patterns listed down below :)

Gorgeous Things said...

Oh, I love that top on you!

Nancy (nanflan) said...

Hi Bonnie, I received your comment on my skirt this evening. What can I say? It's a lovely top, and we both have the good taste to select this fabric! I'm planning on making a top to go with, also a New Look, but a different one.