dinner club – moroccan food!

28 Oct

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The dinner club that we have with two other couples has been very neglected in the past few months. Originally it was supposed to be a once a month occurrence and a fun way to try a new restaurant. But between work, honeymoons & a baby the six of us have been busy and we went many many many many months without doing it. But we resurrected it!!

Instead of going out and trying a new restaurant, we decided to do a Moroccan themed pot luck dinner at our house. Why Moroccan? I don’t know…why not, right??

It was decided that the Glodney’s would take the main course, The Garahan’s would take the salad & The Rocciho’s would take the side dish & dessert, with each couple also agreeing to bring an alcoholic beverage. Good plan, huh? Brian and I settled on a Moroccan chicken dish and a Moroccan kefta Tagine with lemon and saffron butter sauce (aka fancy meatballs). Preparing these two dishes took all afternoon between the shopping and preparation but it was totally worth it because both turned out delicious. Also, I have said this before but I will say it again- I love cooking with my husband. It’s such a fun way to spend time with him. We both assume our roles in the kitchen- Brian the executive chef and me the always happy to help sous chef. Brian is just more confident at tackling big recipes than I am. Let’s be honest if I was alone I would have most likely panicked half way through the tagine dish and opened a bottle of chardonnay while dialing the nearest chinese restaurant.

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Where I do shine though is setting the dining table. I went with a fall theme (it’s my favorite time of year after all!!) complete with tiny pumpkins, flint corn & gourds, oh and two tiny gold camels, which were party favors from The Garahan’s wedding in May. If I told you how much joy setting the table brought me you would probably laugh. It’s the little things in life, right?

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The evening was perfection…oh and the food was AH-mazing. Rachel and PJ brought a beet (that was prepared with olive oil, lemon, salt, pepper, garlic & red onion), arugula, goat cheese & pistachios salad with a reduced balsamic salad dressing that knocked my socks off. Such simple ingredients but so flavorful. Loni & Mike brought a Moroccan carrot and quinoa salad that was not only beautiful to look at but so damn tasty- I devoured my plate of it (recipe found here) and for dessert they brought Moroccan date truffles which were tiny pieces of heaven!

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Do any of you guys do a dinner club?? It’s such a fun way to get together with friends as well as EAT!

 

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6 Responses to “dinner club – moroccan food!”

  1. hunting for bliss October 28, 2014 at 11:29 am #

    Now I want to have dinner club! How fun and exciting. I actually kind of like the potluck idea better than trying a new place each time.

    • kate365til October 28, 2014 at 11:33 am #

      I feel the same way- it makes it feel like there was more love put into the evening:)

  2. cravesadventure October 28, 2014 at 1:31 pm #

    We do not have a dinner club, but hubbie and I do try to cook and experiment with new foods and it is oh so much fun. Looks delicious and what fun to get together and share it 🙂 Happy Day!

  3. Crystal B. October 28, 2014 at 9:25 pm #

    Jellz! I wanna do this!! 🙂

  4. Danielle October 28, 2014 at 11:14 pm #

    Mmm mmm, good!

  5. di @ life of di. October 29, 2014 at 4:18 am #

    I love the idea of a dinner club 🙂 I think it’d be a great way to blend together friends from different areas of your life. Also, I’ve never had Moroccan food but I think I’d love it!! Yum!

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