June’s Meal: Fondue

June’s meal represented a slight departure from our traditional routine.  My mother and I hosted the other members of the book club and two other mothers for a night of fondue fun.  The evening began when actonbell and her mother brought a simple but delicious salad with balsamic vinaigrette salad dressing to accompany it.  They also brought two bottles of wine to enhance the festivities.  We began with a crisp, playful Riesling and later moved on to a delightful Rosé.  After we finished the salad we moved on the fondue.  It was the first fondue experience for several of the participants, so we began with a quick lesson about always cooking the meat completely and being sure not to stab yourself.  There were three pots with three different choices for cooking the food- peanut oil, beef broth, and chicken broth.  There were three meat choices for dinner: beef, chicken, and shrimp.  The shrimp in particular was a hit as it took the least amount of time to cook.  There were also several vegetables to accompany the meat including broccoli, carrots, and my personal favorite, zucchini.  There were also a large variety of sauces to complement the meats such as cocktail sauce, plum sauce, sesame ginger sauce, and lemon pepper sauce to name just a few.  And while there was some confusion over which stick belonged to which person, and several lost vegetables, on the whole it was a satisfying meal.  However, the desert fondue stole the show.  My mother and I picked out a decadent dark chocolate fondue recipe that included cream and Kahlua.  Talesfromthebookshelf and her mother brought cut up strawberries and pineapples, maraschino cherries, marshmallows, and angel food cake to dip in the chocolate, which proved to be absolute heaven. 

Published in: on July 3, 2008 at 9:49 am  Leave a Comment  

May’s Meal: Chicken Enchiladas

Chicken enchiladas have nothing to do with 19th-century British literature. But we’ve never concerned ourselves with matching our dinners to our books. Our dinner rotations work like this: the person who picks the book also hosts the dinner and discussion. The remaining members divide up the rest of the meal among them: usually, someone brings alcohol, someone brings an appetizer or salad, and someone brings dessert. For our Tenant discussion, I made chicken enchiladas, thedarklady made margaritas, marionevans brought chips and salsa, and talesfromthebookshelf made a chocolate tart.

The enchiladas refused to roll properly, so in frustration I created something that was more like an enchilada casserole: I layered the tortillas and filling like I would in a lasagna. I also omitted the jalapenos and only used 2 chipotles. It was pleasantly spicy still. I also made some Uncle Ben’s Fiesta rice as a side dish. Our margaritas and chips and salsa were great, and we all managed to save enough room for some of the heavenly chocolate tart. We’re getting this down to a science now.

Published in: on June 15, 2008 at 1:11 pm  Leave a Comment