Enough of that. You needed that crash course for dinner club. :) So, it just so happened that I knew several of his good friends through my BFF Meredith before ever meeting Dave. Fun huh? His best friends are his high school buddies and it has just been so great to add in spouses that all get along. Almost 2 years ago, one of the couples mentioned getting together a dinner club made up of 5 couples to get together every other month. We were all on board because it gives us an excuse to get together and MAKES us get together. Sure, the guys meet for golf, but the girls want to come too!
Our premise is that we have a new host each time and the "co-host" (the couple that brings the drinks) will be the host the next time. It helps us keep things in order. It has been great because each time we have a theme and it's always interesting to see what the hosting couple comes up with.
We have done a Hawaiian theme, a murder mystery dinner, Valentine's dinner complete with the newlyweds game, of course Mexican themes, Italian, etc. Well, this weekend we had dinner club and Clifton and Tess were our gracious hosts. They decided to do a wine tasting.
Alice and Jeff were the co-hosts so they got the wines together. They got 3 Cabernet's at 3 different price points (cheap, medium, "expensive") They ranged from $5-$25. They did the same with white wine and they chose Chardonnay. They had printed out cards with all of the wine adjectives to assist us in our tasting. We picked our individual favorites and then we chose which one we thought was the least expensive to the most expensive. The other 3 couples brought appetizers to go with wine, so I did 2 cheese dips. It was my first time to make both, but they were a hit! I will share the recipes below!
My favorite of each of the wines were the $5.50 wines!! I told Dave I'm a cheap date! Thank you to Clifton and Tess and Alice and Jeff for a great dinner club!
Alice getting everything set to begin...
Me and Meredith
So dips I made were a baked brie and a blue cheese/walnut dip. Both turned out great! The brie was better though. It's my friend Angie's recipe and it's always a crowd pleaser!
Kahlua Pecan Brie
1 14 oz Brie round
1/4 cup Kahlua
3/4 cup chopped pecans
3 Tablespoons brown sugar
Scrape the white coating off brie. Place brie on an oven safe plate.
In a small bowl, mix Kahlua, pecans and brown sugar until sugar is dissolved.
Pour Kahlua mixture over Brie and bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes or until Brie begins to ooze. Serve with Carr's Water crackers.
Blue Cheese Walnut Dip
3 pkg cream cheese (softened)
1/2 cup butter (softened)
4 oz. blue cheese crumbles
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (toasted)
Mix it all together in a bowl and wha-la! Serve with apple slices, pear slices, and/or baguette slices. We had it with apples and baguette slices and it was great.
What did you do this weekend?