Cooking Club was at my house this month. The theme for the night was "Grilled!" I fired up my gas grill, and Valarie brought her little charcoal grill. We had a special guest! Nancy's sister Valaree was in town and joined us for the event. She brought this delightful chilled grilled fish platter of tilapia and cod with a dill sauce.
Ladies out back grilling and chatting!
Yumi made these Indian Shrimp Skewers with Cantaloupe and Red Onion.
Valerie made Grilled Halloumi with Watermelon and Basil Mint Oil.
Emily showing off her manicure!
Valerie's cheese. YUM!!! This was SO fresh and delicious. The cheese was incredible. Warm and yummy.
Shrimp skewers! The marinade on the shrimp was divine!! It was spicy and went so well with the cantaloupe.
Valaree and Summer ready to chow down!
Yay! Time to eat!
Meanwhile, Summer's chicken had been grilling away, getting ready for the next course. She made Mario Batali's Spicy Black Pepper-Coated Drumsticks.
LOOK AT THAT DELECTABLE CHICKEN!
Emily made panzanella! There she is, grilling up the bread.
Putting it all together.
Yum! The bread was SO chewy and delicious. I definitely munched on a leftover slice later in the night as I was doing the dishes.
Paired with the juicy drumsticks.
Yay! More eating!!
Time for some more food!! Here are my pizzas, all lined up and ready for the grill.
Grilling pizza! My favorite thing to do!
Valarie brought a delicious chilled red wine. She originally met this wine in France!! Ooh la la!
I made three types of pizza. Pesto with grilled shrimp, heirloom tomatoes & feta, Pear with blue cheese, and a Caramelized onion, sauteed mushroom, goat cheese and basil with red sauce.
Summer declared it orgasmic!
"Then we played Apples to Apples!"
As a judge, this was my toughest decision of the night. Well played, ladies! I ultimately went with Beer. I would have to say going to the gym is more "invigorating," which was one of the descriptors on the Refreshing card. Had it been the ACTUAL word on the card, it would have totally won!
Nancy made a grilled nectarine tart with Italian pastry cream.
It was so, so, so, so, SO, SO GOOD.
And that concludes another DELICIOUS cooking club!