Friday, December 11, 2015

Saturday with the Sisters

That is the name of one branch of our Women's ministry at church. About every other month we have an event at the church for any lady who is interested in attending a meeting. We have learned about all kinds of things, crafts, organization and we have also done service projects.

For our Christmas Saturday with the Sisters, we enjoyed a presentation on Appetizers from the executive chef at a nice restaurant in Huntsville.

You can see me in the table at the back. My white hair stands out!!

Chef Merle Phillips was very entertaining as she taught us about making and presenting appetizers for holiday parties. Chef Merle was trained at the American Culinary Institute and she admits she is a chef snob. She reminded us that the hosts of many of the Food Network programs are cooks and not chefs.:) When she was trained at the Institute, they learned to use their knives blindfolded. Oh my, I would have been fingerless!!

This was my favorite...a shrimp cake on Asian Slaw. Heavenly!!

Southwestern Savory Cheesecake. As you can see, the Sisters were eating well Saturday morning.

I do not have a photograph of her presentation table. She used lemons, limes, a small rosemary tree and candles to make a lovely tablescape for displaying party foods. She reminded us to use risers to lift some of the dishes up higher for interest. She suggested old books, boxes etc, covered with a cloth of course. She said she likes to use lemons and limes because when she is done she can use the fruit in recipes. One thing I am going to try...she filled a cylinder glass container with dried green lentils then added clementines on top of the beans. I plan to use that in January to brighten up my kitchen.

Today is MOPs and then tonight is our Sunday School Class party. I am going to have to do lots of walking to keep off the pounds this December.


Anonymous said...

The shrimp and Asian slaw looks delicious. You stay so busy and learn so much from so many. Thanks for sharing with us! Enjoy all your festivities.

Terri D said...

What a great idea to have a Chef come and talk about appetizers! May have to steal that one! Great photos and it appears to have been a great time of fellowship! Your white hair is beautiful, by the way.

Leslie Anne Tarabella said...

What a fun day! Our Sunday School Christmas party was last week and it was a ton of fun. I love the savory cheesecake appetizer and have a similar roasted red pepper version I make. Always a hit!

Arlene @Nanaland said...

Ladies I am so proud of the womens ministry at our church and how it is building friendships among the "sisters". This was such a fun time of food and fellowship.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

What a beautiful gathering! Enjoy your day sweet friend. Hugs, Diane