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Suppper club shout-out

While gone are the days of the world's best supper club (I miss you, ladies!), we've been fortunate enough to sneak right in to a group of other lovers of cooking and enjoying delicious meals as a community. We hosted many of them for thanksgiving dinner, which I'm sure got our foot nicely in the door, and last Sunday we attended what will hopefully be a monthly gathering of young families around a central theme.

February's theme - SOUP'S ON. That's right, even in Hawaii it gets cold enough that you want soup... well, then again even I can't consider 68 degrees soup-worthy weather. I simply love that we all wore slippahs and kept the soup warm by placing the huge pots on an outdoor grill.

My best recollection of the lineup:

Pupus: Cheese platter, poke with avocado
Soups: Homemade Thai-ginger soup with salmon and rice; Thai-ginger soup with coconut and chicken (this was a purchased replacement for a homemade wild-mushroom green onion soup that was unfortunatley lost in a blender accident); Tuscan White Bean soup with Kale and cheddar croutons.
Homemade breads: Rosemary bread sticks, Sourdough loaf, Olive bread (my fave)
Dessert: New York Style Cheesecake with mixed berries (this was my contribution), Chocolate swirl bundt cake with vanilla ice cream.

Stay tuned for next month's report.... which there's rumor will be a Carribbean theme.

Comments

karinms said…
Awesome!! I miss supper club a lot...I've been cooking all these recipes off epicurious lately and thinking of the good old days. Hawaiian supper club sounds great, I'm dying to hear about the Caribbean meal :-)

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