Monday evening was the first night of our gal's cooking club and it was 'so' good! Shauna Niequist is one of my favorite authors and for many years now I've been dying to host or join a cooking club based on her book, Bread & Wine. A new friend of mine, Lindsay, who has 'also' been wanting to start the same club, stepped up to the plate and hosted our first dinner party at her lovely home. It was a total blast. Half of the gals I didn't even know and that's what made it so fun. Getting to know new people is such a great time and really challenges me socially, I love it.
Each of us brought something to the table from the recipes laid out in Bread & Wine. My contribution was the 'green well' salad which is one of my favorite salads ever! Lettuce, grapes, pears, goat cheese, walnuts, and caramelized onions all topped off with a homemade maple balsamic vinaigrette. Mouth watering much?
We started the evening with appetizers and wine as we cooked the risotto together. Most of us had little practice in preparing risotto so it was a great learning experience. I'm surprised at how easy it was! I'm totally making it again.
The table was so beautiful and obviously prepared with love. Lindsay has great taste. ;)
Winding down the night with warm blueberry crisp and coffee >>
One thing's for sure- I haven't laughed that hard in a while, and it was so refreshing to enjoy the company of other moms/wives/sisters and share life stories and experiences together. Life really does happen around the table. Nourishing our bodies and souls- that's what it's all about, people.
If you're considering hosting or joining a cooking club I would totally encourage you to jump in! You won't regret it. Just round up some girlfriends and have at it! Like I said, some of the gals were friends of friends that I didn't even know until that evening, so don't be afraid to get out of your comfort zone and grow a little. And for heaven's sake, if you don't own the book Bread & Wine then get over to Amazon immediately and order it. Just do it. It will be life and inspiration to you, trust me.
Our cooking club is meeting once a month so I'll be back in April with more on our second dinner party, menu, etc. Thanks for reading, friends!
Week 1 cooking club menu:
Maple balsamic pork tenderloin
Green Well salad