|Olive and Asiago Rolls|
We are so glad you have decided to join us once again for our Cooking Light Virtual Supper Club. This is a monthly event where 5 ladies in two neighbouring countries get together to create a delicious meal with a theme in mind. We all share a love for Cooking Light magazine which has an emphasis on healthy eating and living. The idea is simple because of our common interest in cooking and healthy cuisine. We love to share these ideas with you each and every month through our Virtual Supper Club. This is a team effort where we combine what Cooking Light readers like best...good food with great company!!!
This months theme was:
Cooking with HerbsHerbs are easy to grow, even thrive with neglect... as I can attest to. Since they possess wonderful aromas, dinner becomes a special event when you add fresh herbs to any recipe. Herbs used in cooking may be fresh, dried, or frozen.You can even try an old fashioned salting method of preserving herbs as I did for this Herbes Salees. It has been almost a year and my herbs preserved by this method are still green and vibrant. Fresh herbs do not have the concentrated flavour of the dried variety but make up for this by being more aromatic...just try crushing a fresh leaf between your fingers and breathing in its glorious fragrance. Dried herbs have a longer shelf life but loose their colour and flavour with time.
If you would like to join in please post a dish from Cooking Light magazine that would fit in with this months theme and post it on your blog. Let us know you have joined in by commenting on any of our blogs below. We always post on the first Wednesday of every month. Next months theme will be Barbecues and Picnics in honour of both Canadian and American holidays in July, so get your thinking caps on!!!! This was our very first theme when we first started the Virtual Supper Club a year ago. We have now come full circle and reached a milestone in the year we have gathered virtually at each others table. There have been some recent changes with our group and Cooking Light no longer maintains their blog where we were featured, but, we love being in each others company so much we hope to continue on this healthy journey with you. You will always find out what's happening at the Virtual Supper Club here, Check out our past challenges and stay tuned.
As a rule of thumb in most recipes you can very easily substitute fresh herbs for dry herbs by using about 3 times the amount. (For 1 teaspoon of dry herbs, you can use 1 tablespoon of fresh herbs). Dry herbs should usually be added towards the beginning of the cooking time and fresh herbs near the end or even after the dish has finished cooking. Have fun experimenting with herbs, but be careful not to put too much of them in a dish at once. Start with small amounts, especially when using strong herbs like sage, rosemary and cilantro.
Our menu this month showcases herbs beautifully!!!
Long time member Jamie of Mom's Cooking Club starts us off with two appealing appetizers of Basil Parmesan Dip with Pita Chips and Creamy Garlic Herb Dip. Thanks for sharing Jamie!
Our newest member Sandi of The Whistestop Cafe brings the piece de resistance with Herbed Stuffed Chicken Breasts. Goat cheese, rosemary, Canadian bacon...need I say more.
Patsy of Family, Friends and Food wowed us with a stunning Risotto of Fresh Mozzarella, Grape Tomatoes and Basil. Risotto is a favourite around here!
I rounded off the meal by baking some herbed bread ...Olive and Asiago Rolls to complement our menu. The bread was easy to make and studded with pitted kalamata olives and thyme and topped with Asiago cheese. This is a bread with WOW-factor!!!!! I tried one roll and then another and another. I had to put them in the freezer or all 18 would have been gone in one sitting.
And lastly, Shelby of The Life and Loves of Grumpy's Honeybunch gets in on the action with a Pound Cake with Lemon-Basil Glaze. Even dessert can be be over the top with herbs as the star!
Way to go ladies!!!!!It has been a pleasure to share a table with you!
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