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16th Dinner Club – Tapas to Meze: Menu & Recipes


I recently purchased this cookbook, after taking a class from the author, Joann Weir about a year ago.  Those of you in the Bay Area are probably familiar with her as she’s based in San Francisco and has TV shows (Weir Cooking in the City, etc) as well as other cookbooks.  This was a new release of her first cookbook, the first release being out of print and, even used versions, going for $50 – $75 on Ebay! 

I love the idea of small plates and it’s actually how I prefer to eat.  When eating out you can normally find me making a meal from the appetizers and I’m especially happy when my dining companions like to eat the same way – then I can try two or three times as many plates! :-) 

So for this dinner club meeting I chose as the theme, “From Tapas to Meze” and made a slight change to the way we make our dinner club assignments.  This book is arranged by country and/or region and so instead of having people stick with the normal categories of “appetizer, salad, side, main, and dessert”, instead I assigned everyone a country or region.  Since these were all to be small plates the only other rule was that they had to portion and serve on small plates – no platters or large bowls or other serving dishes allowed – and I’d have sets for everyone so they could just plate when they arrived at the house. 

The recipes did not have to come from this cookbook (although I was hoping they would) but they had to be authentic to the region. 

Here’s what we ended up with:


Gnocchi with Roquefort Cream from From Tapas to Meze, Joanne Weir
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16th Dinner Club – Tapas to Meze:  Summary

  1. WhOoShA! permalink
    05-Aug-2005 5:09 pm

    I used to live in WA! i miss it alot (i live in Arkansas now) savor the mts, cause there are non here in the south! ; )

  2. Culinary permalink
    06-Aug-2005 6:42 am

    Oh my gosh! Arkansas would be a huge change from Seattle! I\’d miss the mountains, too – maybe you\’ll get to come ack for a visit one of these days. ~ B

  3. Knight permalink
    12-Aug-2005 7:14 pm

    Tried to go to your blogstreet profile and your technorati profile(((BOTH)))gave me a message BAD URL??? Food looks scrumptuous! And I couldn\’t get the URL for the Sassene site? Restricted?Banned?

  4. Knight permalink
    12-Aug-2005 7:17 pm

    P.S. That would B That was reallllly cool how the sites on msn were categorized by age. After I asked to be added to the list…I was banned?? Or is that just a bit of virtual paranoia? Still, your site is making me hungry for a midnight snack:>O

  5. Culinary permalink
    13-Aug-2005 7:01 am

    Spaces and Technorati/Blogstreet etc don\’t work well together. Not sure what happened to the "adult spaces" site. I assume it was too much to take care of. You can find Sassene\’s own site here: for dropping by~B

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