Archive for the ‘Dinners & Suppers Blogs’ Category

This Week For Dinner

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Welcome to This Week for DinnerTM!  My name is Jane Maynard.  I don’t mind cooking but can’t ever come up with what to cook. I started this blog to keep myself on track and to get dinner ideas from friends…and it’s worked! Every Sunday I post my weekly dinner plan.  TWFD friends then post their menus in the comments section, providing me (and everyone else) with fresh ideas week after week!  I’m a busy mama, but I love good food…I keep it simple and yummy. [Read more]

Supper is Ready!

 Supper, sandwiches, soups

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In parts of the United Kingdom, supper is a term for a snack eaten after the evening meal and before bed, usually consisting of a warm, milky drink and British biscuits or cereal, but can include sandwiches. And what’s for supper? Join me, Chef Mick from Tony’s Markets, for a seasonal series of recipes sprinkled with cooking tips and techniques – you can do this! [Read more]

Molly’s Soup Blog

Soup, healthy, dinner

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This is Molly’s blog, and she like soup.  She like making soup, and she like eating soup.  she like soup by herself or soup for a crowd.  She love soup because it can be quick and easy and healthy, or it can be complicated and rich … either way, it’s delicious. She lives in Montana, where they have bitterly-cold-take-their-breath-away-soup weather; and they also have sunny-have-a-light-soup-dinner-weather, and everything in between. [Read more]

Secret Suppers

supper, dinner, beverages

A growing number of daring chefs and adventurous foodies have reignited the old Southern tradition of secret supper clubs. Eating out may never be the same

The plates of creamed kale and fried rabbit were going fast, passed from person to person down one long table set in a Texas pecan grove. It was a sultry evening on a four-acre urban farm in east Austin, where forty-three people sat in mismatched chairs for a family-style dinner of eight courses in the lamplight. An old door turned over on sawhorses was the prep table, and Jesse Griffiths, our host and chef, cooked mostly at a table-height iron grill with a bottom tray that—by consensus of several supper guests—was once a feed trough. The fryer, a large cooking pot over a portable propane flame, was behind him. And the whole setup was under the porch roof of a farm shed. He’d been cooking like that for hours, handing plates as soon as they were ready to his small crew, including his wife, Tamara Mayfield, who wore an embroidered summer dress, her brown hair in pigtails. A few yards from the long table, he cooked up pan-fried red peppers as big and sweet as strawberries, homemade jalapeño sausages, and smoky Gulf shrimp wrapped in grilled allspice leaves—all Texas ingredients.

This was a food-loving crowd, and they were eating it up. During the cocktail hour and between courses, people would often amble over to check out the cooking. As he turned quail over hot oak coals, Griffiths told stories: He told about the time he worked two weeks at a restaurant in Mexico that served only spit-roasted goat, turned in a coal-fired pit in the floor. Another time he caught the six pigeons he needed for a squab dinner by using some string, a box tilted up with a stick, and some chicken feed. Then there was Loncito, a lamb rancher, who talked of hosting long weekends at a South Texas hunting camp with two kitchens, where everyone takes turns cooking. A woman from the corporate offices of Whole Foods was there, of course. (Austin is the chain’s headquarters.)

The dinner that night was one put on by a two-year-old supper club in Austin, part of the now-simmering supper club scene in the South. As with many of the other secret-public grassroots clubs, Jesse and Tamara had started theirs with a small idea—to have one dinner on one night, inviting people to slow down for a few hours of good food and wine. More than two years later, the couple is still often cooking for a crowd on Saturday nights. And this is not just happening in Austin. In the Carolinas and Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Texas, and more, food-minded strangers are gathering at long tables to meet others and eat well. Operating outside the realm of official restaurants, this new wave of Southern supper clubs has sprung up in just the past two to three years. Upstarts in the Northwest, Midwest, California, and New York take earliest claim for such dinners, sometimes describing the meals in terms of a social movement, or even a revolution.


Supper, chefs, meal

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Sunday Suppers are class-cooking-dining experiences, pairing friends and food. The classes are held in a waterfront loft in Brooklyn, NY and are taught by local Chefs. The food is market fresh, local and organic and the approach is to create seasonal and fresh meals together.

Sunday Suppers are offered once or twice a month and take place in a loft in Williamsburg Brooklyn. A group of 14-20 strangers are taught by guest chefs to prepare a meal from scratch. The class is followed by a wonderful communal dining experience with new friends. [Read more]

Mystery Diners At Obama’s Big Tech Dinner Revealed

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On Friday, we ran a who’s who of who was at Barack Obama’s big dinner with tech CEOs. We were able to identify everyone at the table except for two diners. The blonde woman in the front, and the person tucked in the corner between Mark Zuckerberg and Dick Costolo.

The Wall Street Journal got the scoop on who the mystery diners were. The blonde was John Doerr’s wife, Ann Doerr. The dinner was hosted at the Doerrs’, so it’s obvious in retrospect. The other mystery guest in the corner was Obama advisor Valerie Jarrett.