Here it is. The long awaited full menu with links from our Southern Themed Dinner Party: A Moveable Feast (June 2017). The lovely ladies that are involved in A Moveable Feast are all work colleagues who were brought into our lives due to our shared profession, but are now all dear and treasured friends thanks to all of the laughs shared over cocktails and full bellies. And those great friends make life so much more sweet! Read on for the full menu!…
It feels like we’ve been waiting SO long to bring you this amazing recipe. This is the final installment of A Moveable Feast and we may have saved the best for last. Balsamic Peach and Basil Sorbet is the perfect way to cool down during these hot August days. Smooth, creamy, flavorful and healthy, this is the perfect ending to any meal. Or mid-day-cool-down-treat. Or post-work-out-snack. Surely you will find so many uses for this sorbet, you will wonder where it’s been all of your life. And even better, this Balsamic Peach and Basil Sorbet is brought to you in partnership with Queen Creek Olive Mill! …
We’ve gone on and on about these dinner parties. And we want you to feel like you were there…our goal at the end of revealing all of our recipes is to give you a whole menu. Then you can grab your friends and start this amazing tradition with your own fabulous group of foodie friends. (No fabulous group of foodie friends? No problem, invite a few people over and be their foodie inspiration!) No need to tell them where you pulled your menu from! Our secret right? (OK, really we want you to feel free to send them right on over to our little corner of the internet-we’d be ever so grateful!) Where did we leave off last week? The brisket? After several different side dish musings, we settled on these Pimento Cheese Smashed Potatoes to pair with our Beer Braised Brisket-and boy are we glad we did. …
Signature cocktails. Eight courses. Ten friends. This is the perfect recipe for an Epic Dinner Party, which we’ve aptly named “A Moveable Feast”. The ten of us pair up to host nights filled with great food, great friends and tons of laughter. This fabulous tradition started by two of our colleagues, brings us all to the table to share our common love…food! The first time we hosted this dinner we chose a menu of comfort foods we loved (to see that menu click here). This time around we went with a Southern theme. Like this Beer Braised Brisket, served in a basket complete with a red gingham liner (just like at your favorite Southern BBQ joint!). …
Some dear friends of ours decided to start a supper club and invited 6 women to join them, including Holly and I. The first Epic dinner party for our little group. It was a no kids, no spouses, affair held at the beautiful home of our friend. We ate, we drank, we laughed-until almost 1 am. We all agreed it was a truly fabulous time. And our dear friends-chefs extraodinaire! We were served an 8 course dinner, complete with wine pairings. It was a foodie dream. And by the end of the night, all 8 of us agreed to pair up and keep the tradition going, at least quarterly….
All good dinner parties need treat bags, right? We hadn’t really considered it when first planning our menu. But it is a funny story, how these particular treat bags came to be. My 13-year-old daughter has been learning her own way around the kitchen and has discovered that baking is her forte. For her last birthday I bought her a copy of Joy the Baker’s Homemade Decadence, because really, it is never too early to start your cookbook library-even if you are only turning 13. (P.S.-If you don’t have this one, it is a must have!) My daughter has been slightly obsessed with a recipe in this cookbook for Dark Chocolate Truffle Cookies. I must admit, they didn’t look like much, so when she chose them for her weekend project several months ago, I wasn’t super excited. I’m not usually too moved by anything dusted with powdered sugar. However, when I tasted these gooey little bombs, I quickly changed my mind. Pure heaven. My daughter has now made the recipe many, many times and they definitely rise to the occasion. Every time.
When my daughter found out Holly and I were hosting a dinner party, she offered to make a batch of these Dark Chocolate Truffle Cookies for us. We already had plans for our dessert course (coming soon!), but what would be a better take home remembrance of a really fun night than a bag of cookies? We took her up on her offer. She set to work, crafting the cookies, and I set to work crafting some bags for the cookies to be packaged in. I’m pretty pleased with what we came up with, and I think our dinner guests were too!
So now that our dinner is over, I can only hope that all of our guests are happily treating themselves to some Dark Chocolate Truffle Cookies. Preferably with a nice glass of wine. I recommend you all try them too. Your friends will thank you.
And a special thanks to Joy the Baker (Joy Wilson).
- ½ cup all purpose flour
- ½ cup sugar
- ¼ cup unsweetened Dutch-processed cocoa powder (this can be been somewhat hard to find, you can substitute Hershey's Special Dark cocoa powder which is a blend of natural and Dutch processed cocoas-this has worked fine for us)
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
- ⅓ cup (3 ounces) chopped dark chocolate (we have used both 70% and 72% cacao chocolate bars-both have worked well)
- 1 large egg
- 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup confectioners' sugar (you can likely get away with less of this as this is just to roll the cookies in)
- Preheat the oven to 375ºF.
- In a medium bowl ,combine flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt.
- Chop the room temperature butter into small pieces and rub into the dry ingredients until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.
- Mix in the chopped dark chocolate.
- In a small bowl, mix together the egg and vanilla.
- Pour the egg mixture into the chocolate mixture and mix until moistened.
- Press the dough into a ball (you'll have to get your hands dirty here if you haven't already).
- Wrap the ball of dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
- Put the confectioners' sugar in a shallow bowl.
- Using a tablespoon, form balls of the refrigerated chocolate mixture.
- Roll the ball in the confectioners' sugar.
- Place the sugar covered ball on a parchment lined baking sheet.
- Repeat with the remaining chocolate mixture, rolling in confectioners' sugar before placing on baking sheet.
- Bake about 10 minutes leaving the cookies just a bit undercooked on the insides.
- Cool on the pan for a few minutes before finishing cooling on a cooling rack.
- These are fabulous served warm, and almost just as good eaten over the next 4 days (store in an airtight container).