Saturday, May 10, 2014

Gourmet Dinner Club-Cinco de Mayo!

It's been a very busy May and it isn't over yet! It started with teaching the last three days of April and the first two of May. Then it proceeded to Gourmet Dinner Club at our home. The next morning I rang bells in three church services, and last flying out the same day to meet Natalie in St. Louis, Missouri-her new home in June! And it's only May 10! May 16th, I'm headed to Bakersfield for nine days, return for 36 hours and head to Beaumont for ten days! Whew!

First, the Gourmet Dinner Club! We hosted the supper club at our apartment, which was a Cinco de Mayo themed dinner. Recipes were chosen from a cookbook that my BFF had in her kitchen in North Carolina, so I ordered one for myself! I highly recommend this book and the other 10 books in the series. 

Recipes for our dinner included our Black Bean and Corn Salad with Toasted Pumpkin Seeds served in colorful bell pepper halves. 

Our Eggs Diablo were to die for! 

One of the couples made Zucchini Pancakes

Our meat dish was a Pork Tenderloin stuffed with Serrano, Cheese, and Pinons

The dessert, provided by another couple, was a Mexican Chocolate Tart.

Each couple was responsible for bringing wines to pair with their recipe. Here's what we had! First, we made a White Sangria.

 Like traditional sangria, this blend of fruit and wine was a refreshing drink on a warm evening and it went well with Southwestern foods. Here's the recipe for the sangria.

The wines that were served are as follows, not necessarily in this order:

2011 William Selyem Papera Vineyard Zinfandel ($52) from the Russian River Valley. 93 points by Stephen Tanzer. 

2013 Christian Salmon Sancerre Vieilles Vignes ($18) from France. This is a fine expression of a Sauvignon Blanc!

2012 Marques de Riscal Rueda ($14) from Spain. This is a white wine made from Verdejo grapes complemented by a small percentage of Viura. Marques de Riscal is a classic Rioja winery carefully producing high quality wines. The link is to a 2013 varietal. 

2009 Marques de Riscal Proximo, Rioja ($10) is a Tempranillo from Spain bursting with dark blackberry fruit with notes of rich ripe plums.

We had a wonderful time with our friends. 

The table before it was laden with foods and wine!

If anyone wants these recipes, I can take a photo and send it to you! Just let me know!