Soup Night Part V: Dessert Time Two

Our last two desserts of Soup Night were  making good use of fruit , especially apples which are everywhere this time of year.  If you go apple picking and trust the old adage “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” you might still find yourself with a surplus of apples.. so here’s another dessert…

Soup Night Part IV: Dessert Time One

A warm and comforting soup dinner is all fine and dandy but ICC does not usually skip on the sweeter side of the meal and this night was no exception with a tantalizing selection of desserts. Colorful, seasonal (with two apple-based treats and one pumpkin cheesecake) and yummy, it covered all the requirements! Let’s start…

Soup Night wouldn’t be the same without bread

As we mentioned in our previous post, bread was often the accompaniment of soup for our ancestors and ICC has become a major fan (who wouldn’t?) of our resident bread maker’s no-knead bread. She often provides us with one or two loaves that quickly disappear… One of our members who barely cooks has embraced this…

Soup Night, Part II

As keeping warm will be necessary in the colder months to come, this Soup Night came at the perfect time!and we not only admired many a Le Creuset pot (the ICC collection is impressive, as this older picture demonstrates, LOL) but we also learned how to make these wonderful soups for our families; our next…

Happy Fall: ICC’s SOUP NIGHT!!

For our first meeting of the year – since our calendar follows the school year-  what better than this perfect fall menu : soup, soup and more soup! The weather was appropriately chilly and we enjoyed several warm recipes and some extra treats for dessert. Our hostess had even planned an indoor herb garden for…

Barcelona memories: Grand Finale

When traveling, we take lots of pictures and see beautiful sights but ICC really engages all the senses and taste is certainly at the top of our list… Let’s just enjoy these vistas AND food which help us remember this amazing trip: To end this stroll down memory lane and in true ICC spirit…a few…

Spanish Cheese

Another highly enjoyable excursion on our trip to Spain was at a cheese-maker, the Mas d’Eroles. Our host Salvador was a charismatic gentleman who trained in France, and keeps 10 cats to ward off the mice!! We got a quick lesson in cheese preparation (they use cow’s milk) and aging as well as an odorous…

Creative Tapas and Pintxos IV: dessert time!!

As with all meals with friends, a sweet ending is in order and we finished our “Barcelona” evening with a wonderful selection of desserts. One of our members brought a Coca, a Catalan pastry decorated with candied fruits and pine nuts! We also tasted some Crema catalana (a Spanish style burned custard cream). Crunchy honey and sobrasada…

Creative Tapas and Pintxos III

Who ever coined the phrase “less is more”? When it comes to tapas, “more is more” and the larger the display, the happier your guests and your stomachs will be. It is simply too much fun to be able to taste all these delicious foods, colors, textures in small bites and a rich selection is…

Creative Tapas and Pintxos II

There is no doubt that small portions, beautiful presentation and colorful ingredients make for an appetizing buffet and tapas really check all the boxes; since a picture is worth a thousand words, take a look at this..and try not to salivate!! Let’s move on to our next recipes: Entrecote and cherry tomato skewers with sweet…