Thursday, April 28, 2011

Spring Gourmet Club

 Breaking Bread With Friends
Gourmet Club

Spring Fling Extravaganza

I love our gourmet club - monthly gatherings
enjoying fun fellowship with friends and
feasting on fabulous food.
The Famous Friends

This month's party was hosted at the Paterniti home.
I have shared many times about my beloved friend ~ Bonnie.
They decked their home with an array of gorgeous flowers,
adorable bunnies and special touches everywhere!

~*~ MENU ~*~
Berry Sparkle Punch
Creamy Deviled Eggs
Cheesy Herb Bread
Challah Bread
Seven Layered Salad
Sweet Spiral Ham
Purple Potatoes
Candied Sweet Potatoes
Carrot Cake

Compliments of Thomas & Concetta

Berry Sparkle Punch
Cranberry-Raspberry Juice (2 bottles)
Raspberry Ginger Ale (2-L bottle)
Pina Colada Mix (32 oz. bottle)
Freeze fruit juice and pina colada mix for several hours.
Place frozen slush in a punch bowl.
Slowly add the raspberry soda.
I made a punch ring with fresh berries, mint leaves and juice.
Once the punch ring started to melt I added scoops of sherbet.  

Compliments of Fred & Tanya

Creamy Deviled Eggs
24 Eggs
1 c Onions, chopped fine
2 Dill Pickles, finely chopped
1 8 oz. Cream Cheese, soft
2/3 c Ranch Dressing
Place eggs in a large pot and cover with cold water.
Bring water to a boil - remove from heat immediately.
Cover and let sit for 10-12 minutes.  Peel.
Mix together onion, pickles, dressing & cream cheese.
Slice eggs in half and place yolks in bowl with mixture.
Fill hollowed egg whites generously.
Chill and serve! 

 Compliments of Thomas & Concetta

Cheesy Herb Bread
1 Bread Loaf, round or long
1/2 c Butter, melted
1 c Cheddar, shredded
1 c Monterey Jack, shredded
1/2 c Fresh Parsley or Scallions
Cut bread in slices or in a criss-cross pattern.
Drizzle on melted butter.
Top with cheese in between all slices.
Sprinkle on parsley or scallions.
Wrap in foil - bake @ 350 for 40 minutes. 


 Compliments of Chris &  Mary Ann

Seven Layered Salad
1 Head Iceberg Lettuce, cut
1 Bag Spinach Leaves
10 Hard Boiled Eggs
1 lb. Bacon, crumbled
1 Bag Frozen Peas
1 Red Onion, large-chopped
2 c Cheddar Cheese - shredded 
1 C Mayo
1 C Sour Cream
2 t Sugar
Salt & Pepper
Chop 6 boiled eggs and put aside 4 eggs to slice for garnish.
In a large clear salad bowl arrange in layers beginning with spinach. Sprinkle spinach with salt & pepper and 1 tsp sugar. Add eggs & bacon. Add layer of lettuce, again sprinkle with salt & pepper and sugar. Next add peas and sliced red onion. Mix mayo & sour cream together and spread on top. Top off with cheddar cheese. Chill 24 hours or at least overnight.

Compliments of Ed & Bonnie

Candied Sweet Potatoes
9 Sweet Potatoes
3/4 c Butter
1-1/2 c Brown Sugar
3/4 c Water
1-1/2 t Salt
2 Lemons
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
Place whole sweet potatoes in a steamer over a couple of inches of boiling water, and cover - cook until tender, about 30 minutes. Drain and cool.
Peel, and slice sweet potatoes lengthwise into 1/2 inch slices.
Place sliced sweet potatoes in a 9x13 inch baking dish.
In a pan over medium heat, melt butter, sugar, water and salt.
 When the sauce is bubbly and sugar is dissolved,  pour over potatoes.  
Quarter lemons and squeeze juice over potatoes.
Place quarters into pan surrounding potatoes.
Bake in preheated oven for 1 hour, occasionally basting
 the sweet potatoes with the brown sugar sauce.

Challah Bread

Sweet Spiral Ham

Compliments of Rick & Carol

Carol's Carrot Cake
2 c Sugar  
1 c oil  
 4 Eggs
1 t Vanilla  
2 C Flour
2 t Cinnamon   
 1 t Baking Soda
1 t Salt
1/4 t Nutmeg
1 C Raisins
3/4 c Walnuts, chopped
3 c Carrots, finely grated
Cream sugar and oil.  Add eggs and vanilla.  Mix well.
Combine flour, cinnamon, baking soda, salt and nutmeg.
Toss raisins and nuts with 2 T dry ingredients.
Stir remaining dry ingredients with creamed mixture.
Fold in raisins, nuts and carrots.
Pour into a greased and floured 9x13" pan.
Bake @ 350 for 45-50 minutes.
Frost with Cream Cheese Icing.
Cream Cheese Icing
1 8 oz. Cream Cheese, soft
1/4 c Butter, soft
1 t Vanilla
1 lb. Powdered Sugar, sifted
Cream together cream cheese and butter.
Add vanilla and sugar.  Beat until smooth.

I am linking to the following parties:

Lark's Country HeartMiz Helen’s Country CottagePhotobucket
It's a Keeper.


  1. Oh Concetta....This Menu makes my mouth water!
    I am so glad to have you here each week.
    And you always make me smile with your sweet comments.
    You are a Treasure!

  2. Hello friend,

    Everything looks so lovely and yummy. I've been so very busy lately, but I will contact you again to get some ideas on the women's ministry issue I had mentioned. Have a lovely weekend.

  3. Hi Conchetta! I LOVE your blog it inspires me to cook. The menu is wonderful,have a wonderful weekend. I must get back to the wedding..(I just got home from work) xoSunny109

  4. What a wonderful menu and I'm sure a really great time was had by all. Happy Friday! Enjoy the weekend :-)

  5. Hi Concetta,
    I may be commenting twice, but thats ok its a great party! Thank you so much for inviting us to you Spring Fling Gourmet Club party. So much wonderful food and your table looks lovely with special Easter touches. You and your friends look like you are having so much fun. It was a Spring Fling indeed. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope to see you next week!

  6. It all looks delicious. I love the punch recipe and the cheese bread I will have to try! Thanks for linking this up Concetta!

  7. oh my gosh this all looks so wonderful!!

  8. Hello there dearest Concetta

    Many thanks for your kind words and prayers last week for dear Pam.

    Last week's tea post was also lovely as usual; oh my, that cobbler!

    I just adore your beyond delish Easter dinner menu!~ I'm so hungry now! So pretty as well!

    Thanks also for taking part with last week's TTTT and also with my
    80th, Tuesday Tea For Two.., We always love having you join in the fun with us!..,

    Pam was much improved when they left for home last week; I'm delighted to be back in the swing of things once again with my own blogs as well!..,

    Cheers from Wanda Lee

  9. Hi..Guess what my friend?...YOUR ON MY TOP 3....go check it out!

    Lark's Country Heart

  10. It looks like you had a lot of fun at your spring dinner!! I always know to come look at your blog when I'm searching for a good recipe!

  11. What wonderful recipes, and what a lovely dinner! It looks like you had a fabulous time! Thank you for sharing the recipes too!

  12. This looks like a wonderful celebration. How neat for you to be able to visit with your friends and dine together monthly.

    - The Tablescaper


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