Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Super-sized Supper on January 10, 2011; Still Big on January 17, Too

Bitter outside, packed and sweet inside: that was January 10, 2011. One of the largest suppers ever filled 250 Campsie with standing diners, and sent seated ones most of the way up the front hall steps. Fun! Some of what we enjoyed, from the food description slips left behind:
  •  Chili Meat + Cashews
  • Reed Valley Applesauce canned with love
  • Chicken Veggie Soup
  • Potato Salad
  • Guac: cilantro, onion, tom, lil heat
  • Spicy Rice: Veggie friendly
  • Liver Paté
  • Rice and Jerk Chicken
  • Pimiento Cheese 
  • Apples, Cinnamon, Butter, Maple Syrup
  • Mushroom Bean Deer Sausage Chili
  • Broccoli Cauliflower Peanut Salad
  • SPICY Pumpkin Enchilada Casserole with Green Chili Cilantro Salsa; vegetarian, gluten-free
  • Bacon-Cheddar Cornbread Pudding. no gluten
  • Black Bean Brownies
On January 17, after a wonderful MLK Day -- one of Lexington's best days each year -- about 35 people gathered, many of them people who cannot come regularly on Monday nights because of classes or other activities that were not held on the holiday.

Food descriptions slips left behind:
  • Veg Beef Soup
  • Butternut Squash w/Collards & berebere (African spice); vegan
  • Pasta & Cheese & Things
  • Apple Sauce With Horseradish
  • Suzanne's Brown Bread
  • Homemade Fromage Blanc (unpasteurized cultured Kentucky milk); good for schmears; bland, slightly salty
  • Black-eyed Peas & Pintos with Country Ham
  • Yummy Oatmeal-Banana-Almond-Chocolate-Cranberry Cookies!
  • Gingerbread
  • Chocolate Cake
  • Pumpkin Pie with Walnut Crumble
  • Parmesan Peppercorn Cornbread | Vegetarian | No Gluten
  • Sweet Custard Corn Bread (contains flour) Vegetarian
And may your documentarian note that this was a particularly amazing night for wines. A big array, interesting bottles, and attentive sippers, all convivial.

    Sunday, January 9, 2011

    The holiday suppers 2010: December 20 and 27, 2010; January 3, 2011

    The reddest of red soups. The greenest of green salads. The sweetest of sweets on the dessert table. And underlying everything, plenty of cornbread.

    That's how Cornbread Suppers went during the 2010 year-end holidays. Smaller crowds in late December, followed by a whopper supper to launch the brand new baby year, 2011.

    For December 20, we had these left-behind food description slips:

    • Baked Artichoke Dip; contains dairy
    • Roasted Potato; herbs, some heat
    • Hummus
    • Baba ghanouj
    • Local turnips, sweet potatoes, onion, garlic, carrot; Oliva Bella oil; Exotic rosemary, salt, pepper
    • Chicken pot pie
    • Turnip greens + onions + peppers
    • Kentucky traditional black skillet cornbread
    • Linda Blackford's Green Tomato Pickle from the London Ferrell Garden, and from her great-grandmother's recipe
    • Snappy vegetables
    • Meyer Lemon/Almond Brittle
    • David Lebovitz's Chocolate Crack Cookies (almondy goodness)
    • Homemade chocolate and peanut marshmallow fudge
    • Banana nut cookies; ginger cookies, chocolate raspberry ravioli
    • Walnut Chocolate Chip cookies
    • Apple pie: apple, pear, pomegranate & cranberries

    For December 27, we featured Stella Parks's amazing homemade Hot Chocolate with Vanilla Bean Marshmallows, plus a Peppermint version, Along with that, people brought wonderful tastes, including these:
    • Mac & Cheese
    • Beet and Carrot Soup (cream, butter, broth)
    • Mustart-Balsamic Tofu (vegan)
    • Surprise Tamales (some are pork and some are veggie)
    • Red chile
    • Spinach Enchiladas
    • Kentucky Corn Cake, with corn, vegetarian, gluten free
    • Broccoli salad
    • Melting Snowman cookies
    • Key Lime Pie, Godiva Chocolate Cake, gluten free
    • Sweet Potato/Butternut Squash Tart w/Cranberry Jellee, Gluten Free

    For the first Cornbread Supper of the new 2011 year, a big crowd brought lots of delicious food, including these dishes:
    • Salad w/blue cheese, Balsamic vinaigrette
    • Local turnips, carrots, sweet potato, onion, radish; Oliva Bella oil, exotic rosemary, salt, pepper
    • Black Bean Chili with Butternut Squash, Collards, Tomatoes, etc.
    • Rice Salad with peas, Broccoli, Ham
    • Potato Soup: Potatoes, onions, milk, butter, salt & pepper
    • New Year's Tortilla Pie (barely spicy) with organic sprouted corn tortillas, homemade Willow Creek Farm cottage Cheese, Kenny's Norwood and Aged Cheddar Cheeses, vegetarian hom-cooked organic black-eyed peas, "True Kentucky" brand black bean and corn salsa, fire roasted green chilis; gluten free, vegetarian
    • Sapori d'Italia's fantastic award-winning, local aged goat cheese with walnuts: Caciotta alle Noci
    • Banana Nut Bread
    • Peanut Butter Cookies (these sent a young Cornbreadian out into the frigid night, running after the cooks who brought them, asking, successfully, for a stack to take home)
    • Traditional Kentucky Stirred Custard (sweet); milk, eggs, sugar, vanilla
    • Sour cream-almond-citrus pound cake; almond extract only/no actual nuts; contains citrus peel
    • Bourbon Pecan Pound Cake: NUTS!
    • Mostly Cream Cheese Brownies, which contain pecans; (the very plain ones have no nuts)