We had our meeting last night and everything was great! All the recipes are from the Jan/Feb 06 issue of CL and can be found on the recipe finder.
Provencal Pork Stew with Olives and Fennel - This was just delicious. The pork was so tender, and one person who doesn't care much for pork thought it was great. I, who don't much care for fennel also thought it was great. No overpowering flavors - everything blended together so nicely. Great comfort food. We gave it a 9.
Onion and Fontina Beer Battered Bread - This was a definite 10! Absolutely wonderful. We scarfed the whole loaf down, and probably would have eaten another one too had there been another one! It's not a yeast bread, contrary to what I had thought. It's more of a quick bread, but so moist and flavorful. Definite repeater.
Citrus Marinated Mushrooms - We had two confirmed mushroom haters in our group (unbeknownst to me who made them!), but overall these got good reviews. They're slightly spicy, but not overly so. I marinated them for a full 24+ hours and they were perfect. Not mushy or anything. Overall these were rated an 8.
Orange Infused Cherry Almond Biscotti - We gave these a 9. Delicious. I put a separate review of these up on the board the other day, but everyone loved them. I will make them again for sure.
Asian Coleslaw - The hit of the evening (at least for me! ). This got ratings ranging from 8-10. A wonderful "bite" to it from the daikon radish, tons of flavor from the fresh cilantro and the delicious dressing. I was lucky enough to be able to get all the leftovers. Yum!
Two Potato Mash - We rated this an 8. Very good. The flavors are subtle, but they work. A somewhat milder form of mashed sweet potatoes.
Blackberry Mango Breakfast Shake - another 10! I can't wait to make this for breakfast around here. There is tofu in it, but you'd never, ever know. And they were very filling too, which is great if you are going to have it for breakfast. It uses refrigerated mango and frozen blackberries, available all year round which is a nice plus.
Baked Pears with Streusel Filling - I didn't eat mine until today (cold, from the fridge!) because I was way too full to eat it last night, but I thought it was very good. The group rated it an 8. The person who brought it cooked the pears slightly longer than the recipe stated because other reviews here on the board said the pears didn't get soft enough in the time stated in the recipe. Our pears were just right, texture-wise. So extra baking is a good idea. A simple dessert good after a big or heavy meal.
We also had a couple of bottles of Gewuertztraminer which were also surprisingly good (not usually my favorite), but we swilled those down and got all giddy and flushed and had a great time!