Dinner Club: Emeril Lagasse

There was a theme that we noticed about the food at our dinner club last month. It was rich, feel-good, comfort food.

So that's one of the things that I'll think of when I think of our chosen celebrity chef, Emeril Lagasse. Before this dinner, when his name came to mind, my first thought was his popular and very loud catchphrase, "Bam!" I thought he was a bit over the top.

Maybe he is. But I have to say that his recipes combined very well and made for quite an enjoyable and delicious meal.

Looking at these pictures I have to laugh, because there are no people in them. One of the best things about the dinner club is our gathering together as a group. Since reading Kinfolk Magazine, I've been thinking a bit more about the idea of gatherings. How they happen and what makes a successful gathering.

Playing games before and sometimes after the meal is part of the fun too. Since there are usually some new people at our dinners, it gives us a chance to interact in a different way.

The game Apples to Apples is hilarious and I've played it several times now. It's really interesting seeing how people think and make choices. I highly recommend it.

We had two types of macaroni and cheese. What a feast!

We all felt like this meal was as good or better than many that we had at restaurants.

Risotto is one of my favorite things. This one was so good. I had to have seconds!

We had to have veggies, but one was off-script. One person sliced some tomatoes and added some mint to cleanse the palate. It wasn't an Emeril recipe, but it was a great idea.

I decided to make biscotti and one of our hosts made the ice cream. It was freshly churned, so it wasn't frozen solid. But melty ice cream tastes just as good!

We all agreed that this dinner club was one of the best if not the best. Below are the names of the dishes that we cooked.


Charlotte's Boursin Roasted Chicken
Macaroni with 4 Cheeses
Maytag Blue Mac and Cheese
Adrienne's Spring Asparagus Risotto
Caramelized Sweet Potatoes
Quick Collard Greens
Anise Biscotti with Lemon Ice Cream

Our next celebrity chef is B. Smith.  We'll be gathering very soon and I'm looking forward to it!

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dmarks said…
I haven't watched Emeril in a while, but I always enjoyed his program.

I remember when he starred in his sitcom a few years ago, on NBC I think. They managed to have it air on prime time opposite his Food Channel show. I tried to watch the sitcom, but found the actual cooking show to be far more entertaining and watched that instead.
Lisa Johnson said…
dmarks - He had to compete with himself??!! Well he has quite a bit of personality, so I imagine he's funnier being himself than restricted with a script.
Libby said…
Hi! I just randomly found your site - and I really like it! I love the dinner club concept where you make recipes by different chefs. What a great idea!
Lisa Johnson said…
libby - Welcome and thank you! Glad you enjoyed your visit. Hope to see you here again! : )
Esme said…
This seems like so much fun. I say we get together for a dinner club and high tea. Enjoy your week.
Lisa Johnson said…
esme - Sounds great to me! You have a wonderful week too! : )

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