Thursday, June 7, 2007

Thanks for another fun night, Loopy Ewes!

Last night was lots of fun, as always, ladies. Ingrid, thanks so much for hosting the festivities once again! Who knew that we would have stripping, bag envy and hoe. . .cakes all in one night?!? :-) Since you guys asked, here are some of the recipes from last night.

Lemon-Thyme Dip (from Everyday Food Magazine Jan/Feb 2007)
  • 1 cup reduced-fat sour cream
  • 1/2 cup light mayonnaise
  • finely grated zest and juice of 1 lemon (about 1 teaspoon zest and 2 to 3 tablespoons juice)
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme leaves, plus more for garnish
  • coarse salt and ground pepper
In a small bowl, combine sour cream, mayonnaise, lemon zest and juice, and thyme; season with salt and pepper. Transfer to a serving dish and garnish with more thyme; serve with crudites, or cover and refrigerate, up to 3 days. Makes 1 1/2 cups

Crudite suggestions from the recipe: steamed cauliflower, broccoli, new or small potatoes, brussels sprouts; raw carrots, endive, celery and fennel

cakes (from Williams-Sonoma June 2007 catalog)
  • 1 cup fine-grind cornmeal
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 2 T sugar
  • 2 T finely chopped green onion, white and light green portion
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 T unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 T canola oil
In a bowl, stir together cornmeal, baking powder, salt, sugar, and green onion. Add egg, buttermilk and butter; whisk to combine. Heat nonstick pan or griddle over medium-high heat and add 1 T of oil. Pour tablespoon amounts of batter onto hot pan. Test 1 or 2 hoecakes to make sure pan is hot enough; cakes should be done when cooked about 30 seconds per side. Repeat to cook remaining hoecakes, adding more oil as needed. (Cooking instructions adapted by me to do on the stovetop)

Barbecued Chicken
(Cooking method for chicken from Barefoot Contessa Family Style Cookbook)
  • 2 split bone-in, skin-on chicken breasts
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • barbecue sauce (I used Bulls-Eye Original)
  • 3 scallions, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup parsley, finely chopped
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place chicken breasts on a baking sheet. Rub with olive oil and sprinkle generously with salt and pepper. Roast in the oven for 35-40 minutes, or until cooked through. Set aside until cool enough to handle, then remove the meat from the bones and discard the skin.

Put the meat into a bowl and use two forks to shred the meat. Add barbecue sauce to taste (I think I used about 3/4 cup), scallions and parsley. Serve warm on top of hoecakes, if desired.

Enjoy! Kathleen :-)


loopyewes said...

Kathleen everything was just fantastic! Another fun and delicous. Thanks for posting the recipes. I can't wait to try out the lemon/tyme dip!
When is our sleepover??
oh yes, and were were you guys talking about making an overnight field trip:?

ingrid said...

Kathleen, the food was fantastic! I owe you big time for taking over my spot - thank you so much! You are a lifesaver. Thanks too for posting the recipes.

Hoe cakes, stripping and bag envy... it doesn't get any better than that does it? LOL!

We really do need to do a sleepover - just imagine a knitting pajama party....

Jane P said...

Trying again! I have left two thank you messages but don't know if they went through - so here goes again. I had fantastic fun times when I met your group while I was there with Dawn S. You are a great group and I really look forward to visiting whenever I am on the Cape.
Tell Pam S that I talked with Lucille once but she never called back. She sounded awful but I later heard, from Pam Calahhan, that she had a stroke around Memorial Day and is at Liberty Commons. I also talked to Florence C and everyone knew about Lucille's condition without Lucille knowing. Her neice called yesterday and told me Lucille only had about a month left. It is so sad.
Judi, did you tell the group about my dress finds? The people who have seen them on the hanger are so impressed with them. Guess I have to shop garage sales and second hand shops to find the styles I like! :-) Was fun going with you Judi and maybe we can repeat our search next time I am on the Cape.
Thank all of you for your kind remarks and I look forward to seeeing all of you again. Have a fun sleep over and happy knitting.
Oh, there is a brand new Community/Senior Center about a mile plus from me. I am so excited about it and hope to help start a knitting group there.
Love to all, Jane Poole