Saturday, June 25, 2011
One of the most interesting things about our dinner club is the people. A few of us started together from the beginning, but we've had several new people attending some of the dinners as well.
As new people join in, it's interesting seeing what they decide to cook, why they decided to cook it, and what changes they made to the original recipe. We all adapt. Having the freedom to make a customized dish let's us show off our skills and express some creativity. We had three cousins last time, so it was interesting learning about their family and hearing different stories. And all over a good meal!
Marcus Samuelsson was our celebrity chef this month and did not disappoint. I have his cookbook, Discovery Of A Continent - Foods, Flavors, And Inspirations From Africa and found the cake recipe there. Plus, it reminded me that I need to use his cookbook again soon! He has some wonderful recipes, which makes me want to get to Red Rooster Harlem, even more.
I loved the soup and it could have been a meal all on it's own. The chicken was delicious, although really messy to eat. The catfish was okay. I could take it or leave it.
The cake that I baked reminded me of a Chocolate Cinnamon Bread that I made before. Samuelsson knows his sweets. Both these desserts are rich, full of flavor and make you remember why people love chocolate.
Dinner Club #6: Marcus Samuelsson
White Bean Soup
Sweet & Spicy Wings
Chocolate Rum Cake
We had a great time at this dinner and I'm very much looking forward to the next. The next celebrity chef is Jamie Oliver!
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