Monday, April 11, 2011

The Gathering Of Friends

For the month of March, we had the opportunity to visit the house of Michelle Huxtable, author of The Gathering Of Friends Cookbook series. She has a beautiful home and is a wonderful cook and entertainer. She showed us how to create a fabulous table setting and made the most wonderful appetizers for us to sample.

Here is the recipe for the fried tomato sandwiches (I have made these twice since....soooo good!):

  • 1/4 c. butter
  • 3-4 ripe tomatoes
  • 5 oz. cream cheese
  • 1/3 – 1/2 cup sugar
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 baguette cut into 1/4 inch slices (20 slices)
Melt butter in frying pan. Place sliced tomatoes in pan and sprinkle with ½ of the sugar, salt and pepper. Sauté for 4-5 minutes, flip and sprinkle with remaining sugar, salt and pepper. Sauté for an additional 4-5 minutes. If tomatoes seem runny, continue to sauté on low heat until sauce thickens.
Place baguette slices on a cookie sheet and broil until golden. Spread with softened cream cheese and return to oven until cream cheese bubbles.
Spread fried tomatoes over open faced toasted baguette.

And I don't have the recipe for the almond tart--does anyone else?
Almond Cake
1 cup sugar
1 cup flour
2 beaten eggs
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 (or 2) teaspoon melted almond extract
slivered almonds

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine all ingredients together and hand mix with a fork as little as possible Cover with slivered almonds. Bake 25-30 minutes . Makes 1 pie tin or round cake pan.

And here is the recipe for Cheryl's cold Pear Soup which was so yummy! Perfect for a brunch:

3 1/2 cups canned pears
2 1/2 cups pear juice
1 T. grated, fresh ginger
1 cup whipping cream
1/4 cup sour cream
sugar to taste

Put all in blender and blend well. Chill. Serve with toasted nuts sprinkled on top and a dash of cinnamon or nutmeg.

It was such a fun night--I think we all spent the first little while just soaking up all of her interior decorating skills! And I have to say that I was amazed (and a little jealous...) to hear that Michelle had place settings for 150. Not that I could even fathom cooking for that many people...I just really love dishes... And a room dedicated to your dishes? Again, a little jealous... :) At the end of the evening we all had our cookbook signed by her. Thank you Michelle for hosting us!

p.s. If you go to her website, she has a whole area dedicated to sharing some of the recipes from her book. And they all look really good...Enjoy!

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