(photo by Charley Star)

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Frolicking into Fall

One of my favorite things about our hometown of Kansas City is the quarterly season change and I am thrilled that Fall has been showing it's face around here lately. Below are things that make me excited about Fall:

- the leaves changing colors
- the crunch of leaves as you walk on them
- pumpkins
- Thanksgiving
- Jeans, jeans and more jeans
- cozy sweaters
- spiced lattes
- boots
- blazers and scarves
- mums
- my boyfriend's birthday
- tailgates and football games
- and of course the mark of the begining of the holiday season

The list could go on and on, hope you're enjoying the coming of the new season!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Wedding Cookies

The Brother's wedding has come and gone. For the rehearsal dinner, my mom, sister and I created delicious, wedding-inspired cookies. We used the recipe in the Pastry Queen Cookbook. They are so tasty and darling! Here's a shot of the final product...

I think they turned out absolutely darling!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday to one of our Dinner Clubbers! This photo made me think of you :)

(photo courtesy of.... well I'm not sure, but it's not mine)

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Dog Days of Summer

So I realize that the "dog days of summer" are pretty much over; however, it just felt like a fitting title for this post. A few weeks ago my mom hosted a family get together where she made your classic summer fare kicked up a few notches: hot dogs.

This is an easy, fun and cheap option for entertaining. She picked up a variety of brats, hot dogs and knockwursts at here favorite meat counter, McGonigles Market.

The keys to making this meal special is great meat, buns and toppings. My mom made her own sauerkraut, relish and mustards. (sorry for the blurry picture) Sides for the meal inclue anything that makes you feel all summery inside: watermelon, pasta salad, green beans.

Happy last few days of summer to all!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Quick, Easy Dinner!

Tonight was the first chilly/rainy day of the season, so all I wanted to do was curl up and watch a movie, but we had to eat at some point. I thought back to a recipe I had seen on my Epicurious app on my iPhone. I couldn't find the exact recipe, so I recreated a similar dish. It is pretty simple, but very tasty.

1 ciabatta loaf (my market carries the perfect size, you can find the size you need for the number of people you plan to serve)
1 6 oz. log of herbed goat cheese
1 chicken breast (sauteed and cut into pieces - this was not in the original recipe, but we wanted to add some more protein)
1 jar of roasted red peppers
1 handful of arugula
Balsamic Vinaigrette to drizzle

Layer the goat cheese, chicken and roasted bell pepper on the ciabatta. Place in the oven (350 degrees) for about 5-10 minutes, until warm. Add the arugula and vinaigrette, slice and serve. So easy and delicious!

I served the sandwich alongside some roasted asparagus! Yummy!

Tomorrow is Friday! Any plans for the weekend? I will be celebrating a fellow DinnerClub MD member's housewarming!

P.S. Sorry about the picture quality, not my best work!