Supper Club: May 24, 2011

Italian Roast Chicken, Pancetta Green Beans, and Goat Cheese Mashed Potatoes
Entree: Italian-Seasoned Roast Chicken. A wonderfully seasoned and juicy chicken breast. Katie wasn’t able to find bone-in chicken breasts so she had to adjust the baking time a little bit and it turned out perfect. And she thinks that she forgot the fennel so if you don’t have fennel laying about, it’s perfectly okay.

Side Dishes: Pancetta Green Beans and Goat Cheese and Chive Smashed Potatoes. These are two really easy weeknight dishes that you can whip up in 20 minutes. I love how the balsamic vinegar give the green beans a bit of spark (and anything with bacon makes things taste better). The goat cheese was not overpowering and the chives give the mashed potatoes a fresh taste. These are good, light summer side dishes.

Chocolate Hummus
Dessert: PB and Dark Chocolate Hummus. I’m a foodie, I’m up to trying anything but when I heard about this, I hesitated. Really? Chocolate and chickpeas? I was not very optimistic about it. But I’m glad I tried it because it surprised me. Bob equates it to diet peanut butter, the flavors almost taste like peanut butter, but it’s not bad. The first taste was odd, but then I tried it again. Before I knew it, I was just dipping my graham crackers in with gusto. If you are adventurous, you must try this recipe, it’ll definitely pleasantly surprise you. Just a tip, make sure you purchase chocolate graham crackers to go along with it, it tastes much better with them.

Supper Club: May 3, 2011

Spinach Artichoke Sandwiches
Appetizer: Spinach Artichoke Melts. Kim took the sandwich idea and just modified it so it went on toasted crostini, excellent job. It definitely tastes like spin-dip, and it was fabulous. I suggest making this the next time you’re craving some.

Panko Crusted Pork Chops with Sweet Potato Fries
Entree: Panko-Crusted Pork Chops. I’ve made this in the past (I love revisiting old recipes that I’ve enjoyed). This was easy to make and the dressing is a must. Plus, it looks good on a plate, especially if you’re trying to impress a date.

Side Dish: Sweet Potato Fries. Really, don’t expect fries to crisp when they are baked in the oven, they will only get soft. Now you know that, this dish was seasoned well. The natural sweetness of the potatoes were not overwhelmed by the flavors of the spices thrown in.

Ostrowski Cherry Pie
Dessert: Ostrowski Cherry Pie. An excellent cherry pie using tart cherries. I liked that a lot better because I think most cherry pies are too sweet for my palate. This one, I am good with. And plus, it was so pretty to look at.

Supper Club: April 19, 2011

Creamy Dijon Chicken with Broccoli
Entree: Creamy Dijon Chicken. This was a creamy chicken dish that you can easily make for a weeknight dinner. It was a perfectly fine dish, I felt like you could probably jazz it up a bit with some more spices.

Side Dish: Roasted Broccoli with Smoked Paprika Vinaigrette. It called for almonds but they were omitted because she didn’t really feel like it brought anything new to the dish. This is a good dish if you are looking for a new way to serve broccoli.

Dessert: Lemon Bars. I was disappointed with the way the lemon bars came out. I baked them according to the time and they did not firm up. I had to take them out of the oven or else the crust was going to burn. I did use regular sugar (blended in the food processor) instead of baker’s sugar so that could have been my downfall or it could be that my oven temperature is not right and I need to get an oven thermometer.

Supper Club: April 4, 2011

Entree: Pasta Amatriciana. A wonderful, easy pasta dish that has such great flavor for such simple recipe. You can make it as spicy as you would like. Bob was a huge fan of this one, I’m thinking it’s because of the pancetta and spiciness.

Side Dish: I went with bagged Caesar salad. It was a long week and I was out of sorts, sue me.

Dessert: Apple and Blue Cheese Turnovers. This was a good dessert if you’re looking for something that wasn’t overly sweet. Maybe I was and so I thought it was a bit lacking. I actually think that having some sort of sugar glaze over the turnover would have satisfied my sweet tooth.

Supper Club: March 21, 2011

Pork Soft Tacos with Goat Cheese and Mushroom Stuffed Quinoa Patties
Entree: Chipotle Pork Soft Tacos with Pineapple Salsa. As everyone knows, fruit goes so well with pork and this was no exception. The pork was moist and flavorful, I’m thinking it would probably go well with rice, if we had leftovers. The spiciness of the pork was really mellowed by the pineapple salsa. I would definitely go with this dish again, especially when the weather gets warmer. I did use flour tortillas instead and they were just great.

Side Dish: Quinoa Patties with Goat Cheese and Mushrooms. This is why I love Supper Club, you get the chance to try out new things that you would have never thought of before. This was an interesting way to serve quinoa. The post said that the cheese was supposed to melt but it didn’t really do that, I would think that having crumbled goat cheese would be better for such a dish.

Dessert: Homemade Samoa Bars. If you are a fan of samoa Girl Scout cookies, then this dessert definitely tastes like it. We did notice that there seemed to be too much shortbread for our tastes so we would modify it next time to make the cookie thinner.