I'm joining the Novel Bakers for a one-day event:
Sunday Suppers by Karen Mordechai (Clarkson Potter).
"With her dinner series Sunday Suppers, Karen Mordechai celebrates the magic of gathering, bringing together friends and strangers to connect over the acts of cooking and sharing meals."
"For those who yearn to connect around the table, Karen's simple, seasonally driven recipes, evocative photography, and understated styling form a road map to creating community in their own kitchens and in offbeat locations."
"This collection of gatherings will inspire a sense of adventure and community for both the novice and experienced cook alike."
Maybe it's my Southern roots, but for the entree, I was drawn to Whiskey-Glazed Ribs.
"This is a generously portioned recipe--these ribs tend to disappear quickly. Sleeves should be rolled up. Use your hands and enjoy. A good-quality whiskey goes a long way."
Next, my Southern nose led me to Watermelon Salad with Lemon and Coriander Seed Dressing.
This bright salad features a great mix of fruits and vegetables and teaches us to explore possibilities beyond the leafy greens in the market."
Other than melon, key ingredients include a palate-pleasing blend of radishes, turnips, and Asian pears.
Charred Vine Tomatoes are a welcome addition to any menu. Add another vegetable, if you wish. Simply toss with olive oil, season with sea salt, and grill (or roast in your oven or over a gas flame). The flavor is wonderfully heightened. Leftovers can be used in dozens of recipes, so be sure to grill an extra vine or two.
"The simplest of dishes can often be the greatest. Any summer produce would work in a similar manner over an open flame or roasted in a home oven."
"Using a good-quality olive oil makes a difference in this cake, which is dense and moist and just the right amount of sweet. It goes well at the end of the meal, but it can also be a nice treat in the morning with a cup of herbal tea."
And coffee, too, I might add.
The author, Karen Mordechai, is a blogger, photographer, and stylist.
She writes at Sunday Suppers, and has been featured in Martha Stewart Living, Remodelista, New York Magazine, and other periodicals. She lives with her husband and daughter in Brooklyn, New York.
"Our food is not overly demanding fare; it is good, wholesome, and fairly approachable. Most of the ingredients should be readily available in local grocers or online specialty shops. The menus are straightforward and include classics like fries, paella, and ice cream. The novelty is in the subtle changes, the tweaks and nuances we often give to an otherwise expected menu."
"Atmosphere is key. We do not go overboard: less is more. While our decor is simple enough to follow, it is well thought out. We favor neutrals and handwritten notes. Small crafts and unexpected gifts are treats offered to attendees and are a wonderful way to bid farewell to your guests."
You are cordially invited to join my dearie dears, the Novel Bakers, for warm, welcoming, and unforgettable Sunday Suppers.
Visit Karen's blog: Sunday Suppers
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