Thursday, June 24, 2010

Cookbook Club-Ad Hoc at Home

I've already gone on about that amazing Ad Hoc fried chicken.  The opportunity to have it again at Cookbook Club presented itself last Monday and, let me tell you, I'm still a huge fan.  I loved the chance to taste so many more recipes from the book, each and every one absolutely delicious.

It doesn't hurt to have seven great cooks making everything, meticulously following directions while thinking "WWTKD"*.  The net, net-while some of the recipes contain several lengthy steps that lead into recipes-within-a-recipe, the food tasted amazing.  Here's a look at our dinner.

Kelly, our host, greeted each of us with a bag of extra seasoned flour for our own batches of fried chicken.  You know it's going to be good when the night starts off like this!

Tori made the Lamb Meatballs with Oven Dried Tomatoes.  Her meticulous prep and 6 hour-roasted tomatoes paid off.

I tackled the Sun Gold Tomato Gazpacho.  Super creamy and a great start to the meal.

One of three newcomers to cookbook club, Lynette set the bar high with the fresh-from-the-farmers' market Summer Vegetable Gratin. 

Kelly hosted and took on the Fried Chicken.  See how amazing this looked?  It tasted THAT good!

Katie, newcomer number two, brought light and airy homemade Biscuits.  Because what's fried chicken without biscuits and honey (only wish we had leftovers for breakfast).

Tori also made the Creamed Corn, so good with lime juice and lime zest.  Totally new tastes together-we loved it.

CC made the Endive and Arugula Salad with Peaches and Marcona Almonds.  Don't let the idea of a salad fool you-this might have been the best salad I've ever had.  Amen to the peach puree!

For one of the desserts I made the buttery Brownies.  These are the richest brownies you'll ever have-hard to tell from this horrible photo but oh so good.

Finally, to finish things off, our third newcomer, former pastry chef Emily, made this stunning Pineapple Upside Down cake AND Caramel Ice Cream (which I ate to fast to photograph).  Oh my.

If you're not already in a cookbook club, I highly recommend it.  Monday night reminded me that the best kind of book club is all about good friends and good food.

*What Would Thomas Keller Do


tdwhalen said...

it was fun seeing you all at the dinner table chatting away and laughing...(husband terry)

Amelia PS said...

ohhh, that sun gold gazpacho sounds wonderful! and so does everything else :)
LOVE your friend Kelly's seasoned-flour gift!!!
I have the book and have been happy with everything I have made from it so far (it's a lot easier to tackle than the French Laundry).

Virginia Taylor said...

Cookbook club, what a great idea! How do you work it out, does the hostess tell everyone which recipes to make or do you just choose an appetizer, first course, entree, side dish, etc and let everyone choose their own? How many people do you have in your club. Looking for an alternate member??!!! Virginia

Mmm....that's good said...

Hi Virginia...we have anywhere from 5-8 people on a given night. We usually use Evite to post the invitation so we can each note our recipe of choice online and the rest of the group can fill in the menu so we balance it out. Courses are first come, first served but we always end up rounding out a full menu. I highly suggest starting a group-it's a blast!

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