Supper Club – 2/11/09

Jen is feeling a little under the weather, so she asked me, in her most pathetic tiny voice, to do the Supper Club post this week. Naturally, being the nice guy I am, I complied. It was either that, or she said she would cough on me in my sleep. Regardless, this week’s supper club brought us a hearty American main dish with Middle Eastern influences for the sides and appetizers, followed up with gooey chocolate for dessert. Let’s dive in!

Appetizer: Katie’s Zataar Spiced Straws. These were really delicious, delicately spiced with a slightly tangy yogurt-based dipping sauce. Katie said they didn’t sell Zataar spice in St. Louis, so she made her own, and there is some left over after this, so I would recommend us exploring more Zataary goodness.

Main Dish: Herb Grilled Chicken with Jerusalem Salad. Jen has been feeling a return to simple, hearty dishes lately. This one was a snap to prepare: we made the marinade the night before and soaked the chicken breasts in it all day before rubbing on some more herbs and tossing them on the Foreman Grill. With good cooking this easy, there is no excuse for crappy meals. Kate’s Jerusalem Salad was not my favorite dish — the peanut buttery taste mixed strangely with the cucumbers — but I always say a good idea to try new things and we will just try something new next week!

Dessert: Mint Chocolate Fondue. Kim had been itching to do a fondue since she picked up the Melting Pot Cookbook, and this one did not disappoint. Rich, chocolately, and minty, yet without the cloying sweetness that is the downfall of so many home fondues, Kim rendition came through with shining colors. She brought a variety of snacks to dip in; my favorite were the generic Vanilla Wafers. The only caveat with this dish is that for 5 people, making about half as much would have sufficed.

All told, this was a delicious tour through our culinary world, with some new flavors balanced out by old favorites. What more could you ask for? Seconds?

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