Sunday, March 13, 2011

Eat Your Heart Out

It pays to have friends who love to cook and are very good at it.

It can pay very well.


One of the bright spots during the last dreary days of winter is our annual (and sometimes semi-annual) evening of indulgence with good friends, great food and friendly conversation.



Our palates were aroused this night with hand-made crackers and cheese sticks served with a creamy goat cheese. Accompanied by lip-licking libations, we were primed to begin on the main event.



The meal started with amazing appetizers: Oysters Rockefeller, prepared on a hot grill on the shell. They were tender and briny. Delicious crab-stuffed mushrooms foreshadowed the main course to come.




The bountiful salad adorned with a delightful garlic dressing featured the very first freshly picked greens of the season- arugula.




The main course simmered on the stove for hours, melding the flavors of spices and vegetables.
Please note the slices of okra floating in the broth. With this meal, this Yankee had her first experience with okra. It was a good one! Do you know what this colorful pot of goodness is?
Gumbo!

Served with shrimp and crab and made to absolute cajun perfection!



It was accompanied by hand-made crusty French loaves to sop up the spicy goodness.




Our palate pleasing meal ended with a light dessert- coconut and lime panna cotta served with fresh pineapple.
Our appetites pleasingly satiated, we lingered, enjoying the conversation and company of friends and already looking forward to the next gathering for another memorable meal.

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