Ideas for my cooking club
We have a 'cook' club which is like a book club; the hostess plans the menu and purchases all the ingredients, then we cook together and split the tab; a ton of fun; my turn coming up in Feb. I'm thinking olive oil crackers (homemade) /cheese/fruit starter and either: cioppino or roast beef tenderloin with vinegar/onion sauce (nathalie dupree); I typically don't serve a side with cioppino and serve garlic pasta and roasted broccoli with the beef. Anyone have thoughts or suggestions (on either of these or another dish)? We typically have 8 - 12 guests. Thinking lemon tart (beef) or pears poached in red wine (cioppino) for dessert.
Do you all have themes for the club meals or favorite cookbook of the month?
Based upon your menu thoughts, I would build a theme around a Mediterranean country... Spain?
Quince, cheese and Jamon?
I vote for cioppino, it's easy to make, no other sides required except garlic bread to dip and it's a great warm dish for these colder months.