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7th Dinner Club Meeting – “Romantic” Menu and Recipes

17-Jan-2005

February 2004

This is the beginning of our second year!  The first went so fast and we are having a great time.  I highly recommend starting your own dinner club.  It’s a fun and tasty way to broaden your food horizons and expand your circle of friends. 

Continuing with our more ambiguous themes, V chose "Romantic" for this dinner. 

Here’s the menu:

Champagne Laced with Raspberry

  • 1 tsp. framboise
  • 1 tsp. kirsch
  • 8 oz chilled extra dry champagne
  • Fresh raspberries for garnish

Pour 1/2 of the framboise and 1/2 of the kirsch into 2 chilled champagne glasses.  Add champagne and top with 1 or 2 raspberries.

Cornmeal Blinis

  • 1 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 1/2 cups boiling water
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 2 tbsp. melted butter
  • 3/4 cup warm clarified butter

Mix the cornmeal and salt and stir in the boiling water.  Cover and let stand for 10 minutes.  Beat in the eggs one at a time; then slowly stir in the milk.  Mix in the flour and 2 tbsp melted butter; beat until mixture is smooth.  The batter should be the consistency of heavy cream; if it is too thick, thin with a little more milk. 

Brush a well seasoned crepe pan with clarified butter and heat.  When the pan is hot, pour 3 tbsp batter into it and tilt pan to distribute batter evenly.  Cook until the underside is lightly browned, then turn and cook until the other is browned.  Repeat with all remaining batter.

Dinner Summary

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