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Despite the snowstorm and the lack of “H” recipes, four of us stuck it out and had a very delicious dinner.  On the menu this night we had:

Challah with honey butter

Sweet potato and turnip latkes

Honduran tacos

Hearts of palm dip with pita bread

Due to the snowstorm and other work related activities, we were short two people which left us with no dessert.  The dessert was supposed to be Hazelnut cupcakes, but maybe that will be for another event.

More pictures and recipe sidebars should be added in the next few weeks.

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Going for the G

The thought process behind the letter G was strenuous.  Should we have Greek or grape leaves?  Gouda, gorgonzola, or gruyere cheese?  Goat and guinea pig were definitely off the list.  So we settled for this delicious spread:

Greek Salad: http://simplyrecipes.com/recipes/dads_greek_salad/

Grape Leaves, Stuffed from Epicurious.  Chef’s note: this recipe may seem deceptively simple.  It is easy to make, but time consuming unless you recruit an assembly team.

Gruyere Macaroni and Cheese

Green Bean Casserole

Gazpacho Soup

Ginger Cookies with chocolate chips:

And to top it all off, Gelato.   This was not home made, but bought from our local gelato place. The flavors were Italian egg nog, pumpkin, and chocolate.

As always, we overate and unbuttoned our pants before saying our good byes.

Feta cheese dip with bagel chips, French almond macarons, fondue, Filipino egg rolls, sweet potato falafel and focaccia.  Are you salivating yet?

Filipino Egg Rolls
Lumpiang Gulay (Vegetable Egg Rolls)

2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 medium-sized onion, sliced
1 small yam, peeled and cut into thin 1-inch strips
1 medium-sized potato, peeled, cut into thin 1-inch strips
1/2 lb green beans, thinly sliced diagonally
1 carrot, peeled and cut into thin 1-inch strips
1/4 part of a whole cabbage, cut thinly into long strips
2 tablespoons soy sauce
thin egg roll (lumpia) wrappers
vegetable oil for frying egg rolls

In a deep skillet over medium heat, saute garlic in oil until lightly browned. Add onion, stir for 1 minute. Add yam, potato, green beans, carrot, soy sauce, salt and pepper.
Stir and cook in medium heat for about 10 minutes or until vegetables are crisp-tender. Add cabbage. Cook for another 3-4 minutes. Remove from heat. Set aside and let cool.

If using a package of frozen thin egg roll wrappers, carefully separate wrappers into individual pieces when totally defrosted. Place 2-3 tablespoons of the vegetable mixture in a line along the middle of wrapper. Wrap into rolls securely (see tip below). Wet edge with a little water to seal.
In a non-stick skillet over medium heat, fry egg rolls in vegetable oil until browned on both sides. Place cooked egg rolls upright in a colander to drain excess oil. Serve while warm and crispy with vinegar sauce on the side.

Tip: To wrap mixture in egg roll wrappers, place a sheet of wrapper on a plate.
Diagonally place filling in a line on the middle of wrapper. Fold bottom edge up to the filling to cover it, then fold the right and left sides. Roll securely towards the other edge. Wet edge with a touch of water to make it stick.

Vinegar Sauce: In a sauce dish, mix 1/4 cup vinegar, 2 cloves minced garlic, salt and pepper to taste.

Tina made foccaccia:

Combine 1 Tbsp sugar, 1 Tbsp yeast and 1 1/2 cups lukewarm water.  (allow to ferment)

Mix 3 cups flour, 1 tsp salt and water mixture.  Knead, adding flour as needed until the dough is smooth.

Place dough in an oiled bowl and allow to rise until doubled, approximately 1 hour.

Punch down and flatten onto an oiled sheet pan, it should be at most one inch thick.  Brush with oil and let sit until doubled, approximately 15 minutes.

Sprinkle with crushed rosemary and 1 1/2 tsp kosher salt.

Bake at 400* for 20 minutes or until browned.

This week’s theme was Harry Potter.

The menu:

asparagus soup

sweet potato soup

fried tomatoes

“Meat” pie

BBQ Seitan sandwiches

fruitcake

every flavor jelly beans

carrotcake

potions

Tuck is jealous:

The spread for Week E was delicious.

There was:

Egyptian Cucumber Chickpea Salad www.touregypt.net/recipes/recipeweek02142006.htm

Enchilada Lasagna

Egg Plant Parmesan

Endive cauliflower gratin

Eclair Pie

Holy delicious!  The enchilada lasagna was melt in your mouth good.  Homemade enchilada sauce layered with cheese and corn tortillas rocked my world.

After having seconds of that I think the eclair pie was more than half gone by the end of dinner.

How are we ever going to top E?

On the menu for “D” was:

deviled eggs

dandelion greens

Dal:

From the Joy of Cooking (only exists in more recent editions)

Pick over, rinse and place in a large bowl: 1 cup lentils

Add: 2 cups water, 1 small onion (sliced), 3/4 tsp minced garlic, 3/4 tsp minced peeled fresh ginger*, 1/2 tsp ground turmeric

Simmer, covered, until the lentils are tender, 20-25 minutes.

Stir in: 1 cup water, 3/4 tsp salt

Simmer, partially covered until the dal is thickened to the consistency of split pea soup, about 20 minutes.

Stir in: 2 fresh jalapeno peppers (seeded and chopped), 1 plum tomato (diced), 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro*.

Puree through a food mill and serve over rice.

*(I used dried ginger and cilantro.  I also used a slotted spoon to ladle the mixture into the Cuisinart to get a thicker consistency.)

Dominican Platanos Maduros (Fried Sweet Plantains)
DominicanCooking.com

Community Dinner

As we get settled into the blogosphere, please bear with the ramblings of the potluck community.  The goal of this page is to present recipes, pictures, and fun ideas for people to get together and enjoy good food and good company.

Let’s back track a bit to some time in September when Meg, Graeme, Cat, and Amy had the very first community dinner.

Graeme made an Australian rice dish,

Meg made an Asian rice dish,

Amy made roasted acorn squash (remember Cat, you don’t eat the skin!)

and Cat made apple pie

The next week we had some delicious pureed butternut squash, baked macaroni and cheese, beer bread (extra points for alliteration), and berry cobbler.

C week was:

baked brie (cheese and crackers)

Czechoslovakian Potato Dumplings

Mashed cauliflower

Cornbread

And there were some other delights, but they have now slipped by the wayside…