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Monday, October 11, 2010

"Savoring the Moment" with the Ladies of the Fund Development Committee!

Spicy Cayenne Toasts with Sun-Dried Tomato Spread
A few weeks ago, in an effort to garner approval for our "Savor the Moment" 10th Anniversary Celebration, I enlisted the help of some delicious recipes from our James Beard Award-winning cookbook to sway the fabulous girls of the Fund Development Committee. Was it fair? Maybe not. Did it work? Absolutely!

Macadamia-Stuffed Mushrooms
For dinner I whipped up an assortment of savory selections from the book including the Spicy Cayenne Toasts with Sun-Dried Tomato Spread (pg. 64), Macadamia-Stuffed Mushrooms (pg. 71), and the Plantation Salad (pg. 125). 

I have to say, all the recipes turned out pretty darn good! If you like spicy, the Cayenne Toasts are definitely for you, with the spice nicely offset by the creamy goat cheese. The Macadamia-Stuffed Mushrooms were also delicious, however, they don't necessarily travel so well. Right out of the oven though they are truly delectable! I served the Mushrooms and the Cayenne Toasts on a bed of dry, black beans to keep them in place and also, because I thought it made a nice presentation! The Plantation Salad is a curious mixture of wild rice, mushrooms, vermouth, chicken breast, shrimp, black olives and lemon juice to name just a few ingredients. While it might sound odd, the end result is positively delicious! Also, the longer it sits the more flavorful it becomes - what's not to love about that?

White Trash!
For something sweet to finish the meal, I made the highly addictive White Trash (pg. 247) and Janel Williams, co-chair of the Cookbook Committee, also made some fabulous gift bags of Magical Toffee (pg. 265) with tags reading "Celebrate" to put everyone in a festive mood. These two snacks are both long-time "Savor the Moment" favorites! I wrote about the Magical Toffee last December but the White Trash I had never made until recently. It is a mouth-watering mixture of Crispix cereal, pretzels, salted peanuts, M & M's, pecans and raisins and if you are a fan of sweet and salty - lookout! I am happy to report the meal was well-received, the months of research and planning by the Chairs of the Cookbook Committee paid off, and our proposal was approved!

As you may have heard, our 10th Anniversary Celebration, "A Night to Remember," is set for Friday, November 12th at the Seagate Beach Club in Delray Beach, FL! It will be a wonderful evening of hors d'oeuvres, cocktails and desserts from "Savor the Moment," with live entertainment and an exciting Silent Auction featuring fabulous foodie items that are sure to tempt your palate!

To purchase your tickets to our event or to make a donation please click here and keep in mind, all money raised from the event goes to fund the Junior League's local community projects. Thank you in advance for your support and I hope to see you there. I have included the recipe for White Trash below and I hope you love it as much as most of the Junior League does!

Bon Appetit,

White Trash (pg. 247)
Mix 1/2 package Crispix cereal, 5 ounces pretzel twists, 1/2 can salted peanuts, 1/2 pound M&M's Chocolate Candies, 1/4 cup pecans and 1/4 cup raisins in a large bowl. Melt 1 pound white chocolate in a double boiler or microwave. Add the cereal mixture and mix carefully. Spread on waxed paper and let stand until firm.
** I melted the white chocolate in the microwave which saved alot of time and cleanup!
** I spread the mixture on wax paper on a cookie sheet and then popped it into the fridge to help it firm up faster. After all, the sooner it sets the sooner you can eat it!


  1. Everything looks wonderful! I can hear those macadamia stuffed mushrooms calling my name!!

  2. Wow, plenty of delicious things to eat ♥


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