Let's Get Cookin'

As most of you know, I belong to a cooking club. I *heart* my cooking club girls. Last month our theme was Italian. And, let me tell you, those girls RHOK'ed the food they brought.

Angela hosted it at her house and she went all out. She had Italian music playing and even had door prizes. We never have door prizes. She's upping the ante, that girl is. I won one of the door prizes, a darling apron made by her mother. She even had a drink menu printed out for us. Our choices were Italian wine, Italian beer, Italian Bellini's and homemade Italian Cream Sodas. I had never had homemade Italian Cream Sodas before..... oh, so yummy! See what I mean? How will the rest of us ever compete?!

Here's the list of dishes we had that night:
  • Spinach and Feta Pasta
  • Balsamic Bruschetta
  • Baked Ziti
  • Rosanna's Italian Dressing (This is the dressing used at the Italian restaurant in Krebs, OK. Those of you who have eaten there know this is yummy!)
  • Stuffed Pesto Chicken with Bow Tie Pasta
  • Tasty Italian Spaghetti
  • Bruschetta with Tomato and Avocado
  • Tiramisu
  • Stuffed Mushrooms
  • Easy Sausage Manicotti
  • Chicken Saltimbocca 
I have never been so stuffed in my life. 

I will work on getting all of the recipes listed under our RHOK'n Recipes tab at the top. By the way, there are some great recipes there already. I am going to share with you a little piece of heaven by way of 'shrooms. Seriously ladies, these mushrooms are to die for and they are super easy! 

Stuffed Mushrooms

  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 1 stick of butter, softened
  • 1 cup shredded cheese
  • 1/4 cup onion, diced
  • 1/4 cup diced bacon (You can use the Real Bacon Bits)
  • garlic salt & pepper, to taste
  • 2 dozen mushrooms
Wash mushrooms, pop out buttons and allow to air dry. Mix all ingredients together and spoon into the mushrooms.  Isn't that easy?! 
Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. 

Italian Cream Soda

  • 1 ounce half and half 
  • 1 1/2 ounces flavored syrup such as Torani Vanilla Syrup
  • 8 ounce cold seltzer water

Thursday night is this month's cooking club and the theme is food associated with a movie. Their are tons of possibilities, but I'm having a very hard time deciding what I'm going to make. Here, let me give you a list of ideas and if you can think of others PLEASE let me know in the comments. Mkay? Thanks. 
  • Chocolat - Chocolate, of course
  • Ratatouille - Ratatouille, of course
  • Julie & Julia - Any French food would work for this one
  • Waiting - Steak, Potatoes and Salad  (If you've never seen this movie and you don't mind vulgarity, it's hilarious. It stars Ryan Reynolds..... *smile*
  • The Great Race - Pies
  • Lady and the Tramp - Spaghetti & Meatballs
  • Animal House - Hamburgers, Jello, Mashed Potatoes and any other cafeteria type food
  • Splash - Lobster
  • Pee-Wee's Big Adventure - Pancakes, Bacon, Eggs & Toast
  • 9 1/2 Weeks -  an olive, maraschino cherries, a cherry tomato, strawberries, champagne, cough syrup, pasta, cherry Jello, jalapeno peppers, milk, sparkling water, and honey 
  • When Harry Met Sally - Deli type food 
  • Goodfellas - Italian breakfast
  • Pulp Fiction - Milkshakes
  • American Pie - Pie, of course
  • Eat Drink Man Woman - Asian food (click on the link for some recipes from that movie.)
  • Kramer vs. Kramer - French Toast
  • Like Water for Chocolate - Quail
  • Spanglish - Egg Sandwich
  • Pretty Woman - Grilled Tuna with Lemon and Anchovy Butter OR escargot (snail) My friend actually found me this very cute "snail" look-alike snack I could make.
  • Fried Green Tomatoes - Fried Green Tomatoes, of course 
  • Silence of the Lambs - Fava Beans and Chianti 
  • Mystic Pizza - pizza 
  • Steel Magnolias - Red Velvet Armadillo Cake
  • My Big Fat Greek Wedding - anything Greek
  • Sixteen Candles - Quiche 
There are tons of possibilities as you can see. I'm sort of leaning toward pizza from Mystic Pizza or Quiche, but I'd still like to hear if you have any other suggestions. I can't make up my mind!!

Mrs. Albright,
Cooking like a..... 

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