Welcome To Dinner – Provided by My Blogger Friends!

Saturday night good friends Debbie and Dennis were coming for dinner.  What better way to plan a dinner than use recipes from blogger friends! 

My table and sideboard were decorated with fall colors.  Some of these decorations we’ve used through the years!

It was difficult to choose from the many and varied recipes that are offered each day in the blogging world.  But I narrowed my choices to three. 

Our pre-dinner drink was Cranberry Almond Fizz by Rufus’ Food and Spirits Guide.  Cranberry juice, ginger ale and amaretto gave this drink a great flavor.  Whole cranberries frozen in ice cubes gave it a festive look!  Check out Rufus’ Food and Spirts Guide for this and many more great recipes!

With cashews, Debbie’s favorite, and roasted garlic and black bean tortilla chips these drinks were definitely a hit!

From the Bartolini Kitchens supplied the recipe for our appetizer!  John’s Gorgonzola and Honey Bruschette was amazing!  I had blue cheese instead of gorgonzola, which I used.  John said that was a perfectly good substitute!  The flavors of the blue cheese and honey – just out of this world!  Thank you John for a fabulous recipe!  Please check out From the Bartolini Kitchens – you’ll be glad you did!  And his blog will put a smile on your face!

Let’s just say the bruschette was a tremendous success!

Dennis made a Macaroni and Green Bean Salad from Twelve Months of Monastery Salads by Brother Victor-Antoine d’Avila Latourrette.  In addition to macaroni and green beans, there are halved cherry tomatoes, kalamata olives and red onion with a vinaigrette dressing.  Yummy!

 Preparations for the Corn Chowder with Roasted Pumpkin began earlier in the day.  Linda at Savoring Every Bite posted this recipe last Tuesday as part of her Thanksgiving countdown.  Her directions are clear and easy to follow – and the result is magnificent.  This is now my very favorite soup, chowder, chili, stew recipe!

Roasting the pumpkin was super easy!  Instead of peeling, cut it into quarters or slices, drizzel with olive oil and roast!  After allowing to cool, the pumpkin easily slides off the skin!  I had a large pumpkin – enough leftover from the chowder to freeze for pies or other uses!

This is before using the immersion blender to thicken the chowder – and before adding cream!

All four of us loved this chowder dearly!  The pancetta, thyme – and corn from my sister’s garden that I had frozen – the roasted pumpkin, onion and green pepper.  Such a deep flavor palette!

By this point everyone was stuffed!  Such good food shared with such good friends!  My Apricot and Almond Cookies and Chocolate-Orange Biscotti was dessert – with a pot of Butter Rum Coffee.  Thanks to Greg and Katherine, John and Linda for such delightful recipes!  I hope you will try them, too!  As you can see by the picture below we enjoyed everything to the very end!  And the last piece of bruschette Ritchey polished off before we went to bed!

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22 responses to “Welcome To Dinner – Provided by My Blogger Friends!

  1. What a great dinner you planned! You pulled together a terrific menu and I was so thrilled so see my chowder made the menu, as well as that it was so well liked!! I agree totally with all your selections and love that you ended with my favorite…biscotti!! Well done!!

  2. Great idea to promote worthy blogs. I approve!
    Nice shots too,
    Conor

  3. Sounds like the perfect evening!

  4. What a wonderful idea. You paired everything so nicely. I can’t wait to try the bruschetta. Thanks for the kind words too.

    • You are most welcome – I look forward to your blog every day! Try the bruschette – you’ll love it! There was about a cup of your drink left and Ritchey bottled it and put in the fridge – we drank it last night! It was even better sitting overnight! I’ll remember that next time I fix it!

  5. What a great idea you had, Phyllis — and fun, too! I bet many of us will be borrowing your idea, as well as a few of your recipes, in the months ahead.Thanks for the honor of including the bruschetta with your meal and for the glowing mention of my blog.

  6. Great idea!
    And, I love your decorations…

  7. This all looks delicious… your friends were very lucky to have such a fabulous meal prepared for them! And I love your pumpkin table decorations!

  8. Thanks for sharing your dinner! Mmmm… and what fun to meet your “friends” (blogger and other) as well! Great pictures – now I’m hungry!

  9. What a wonderful dinner and great friends just complete it. I am going to try some of those recipes they looked delicious.

  10. What a brilliant elaborate dinner you planned!! The soup looks delicious and the table settings especially the cloth pumpkins look absolutely stunning!

  11. First time visitor here. Saw your comment somewhere and decided to follow it. I want to be in your dinner group … and you would enjoy ours. 🙂 Here’s our last outing. http://afrankangle.wordpress.com/2011/08/16/on-a-chopped-dinner/

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