The Gourmet Girls met on the evening of Friday, August 24, 2012 at Miss Raquel's for a lovely meal together. Raquel's table was darling and colorful, as usual, with a table runner she made the night before no less. I tried two new appetizers - one I found on Lara's Pinterest page, Avodado, Cream Cheese, and Salsa Stuffed Pastries, and the other a Barefoot Contessa Recipe from How Easy Is That?, Herbed Ricotta Bruschettas (I also found the recipe on foodnetwork.com). Lara made a delicious Kitchen Sink Chopped Salad with Creamy Balsamic Dressing. Raquel grilled up some Shrimp with Honey-Ginger Barbeque Sauce and served it over the Sweet and Savory Coconut Rice from Our Best Bites (a favorite in my family - super easy and delicious). For our "side" LS did Caprese Salads with fresh heirloom tomatoes and basil from her garden and a balsamic reduction (tip: you can buy the mozzarella pre-sliced at Costco). For dessert, Jodi made a delicious Almond Butter Cake. Unfortunately Andrea and Lynley weren't able to join us this time. Stay tuned for next month's Provincial Lamb at Lara's.
Bridget, LS, Raquel, Jodi and Lara
Shrimp with Honey Ginger Barbeque Sauce
served over Sweet and Savory Coconut Rice
Caprese Salad with Balsamic Vinegar Reduction
(The recipe is for a sheet cake, but Jodi did 3 rounds and layered it with frosting)