July’s Cooking Club -Can you change your perception?

July’s cooking club…so happy to finally all be together again!  Stephanie hosted at her beautiful new home (we’re talking brand spanking, pre-furniture new!).

This month’s theme, pick a celebrity chef that is not such a favorite, select a recipe, and see if you can change your mind about that chef.

Stephanie’s beautiful summer table featured herbs from her yard tucked into posies.  So fresh and lovely.

First up…Shannon’s delectable appetizers from Rachel Ray.  Bacon wrapped shrimp, one with pineapple and one with sage.  What’s not to love about anything bacon wrapped?  http://www.rachaelray.com/recipe.php?recipe_id=4061



Ok, how great are these Pellegrino bottles?  They are a limited edition label designed by Missoni!  Love ’em.  (Can’t wait for Missoni’s collaboration with Target in September by the way).

Katie’s beet salad with goat cheese was a Guy Fieri recipe.  I have to admit, I didn’t realize that Guy was also a chef besides his hosting gigs.  It was delicious.


The main event.  Stephanie’s main course, a pork tenderloin with fig and port sauce from Giada De-Laurentis.


The gang together again with a sneak peek into Steph’s fabulous new kitchen!

Nicole’s side might be the most decadent, delicious thing I’ve eaten in quite some time (1 pound of Brie, oh my!).  Emeril  Lagasse’s Savory Spinach and Artichoke Stuffing.


Selena made a refreshing and flavorful side of green beans with pancetta from Lucinda Scala Quinn.  http://www.marthastewart.com/350409/steamed-yet-crispy-string-beans

To finish, I made a Sticky Toffee Pudding from Nigella Lawson accompanied by Ciao Bella Vanilla Gelato.  It was easy, and quite tasty.


So there you have it.  Everything was actually DELICIOUS.  So the irony here is that even if a personality doesn’t sit well with you, give the recipes a go.  They may just be fantastic.


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2 responses to “July’s Cooking Club -Can you change your perception?

  1. Kari,

    What a dfferent and fun challenge! Don’t judge a book by its cover…!

    Will there be a seat for me next time? Looks like a lovely group, a great tradition and you all put a lot of effort into your dishes and the dinner party itself. (Lovely kitchen too!)

    I have not forgotten you! But with 3 kids looking for some summer fun (and me too!) and a new store I hardly know what my name is. I will re-surface this fall!

    Warm hugs to you,



  2. Will give that sticky toffee pudding a try…a favorite when traveling in the UK, but have never made it myself. Hope you have been having a wonderful summer.


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