Taking a page out of the SF Bay Area book, a group of Toronto area hounds gathered today for a potluck picnic. Unlike most potlucks in this day and age, there was nary a crappy grocery store bakery item or lame fast food bucket in sight. Instead, we were treated to a seemingly endless array of deliciousness, either homemade or selected with care.
Since there were so many wonderful things to eat at this event, I hope all the fabulous cooks who brought dishes will share their recipes here for the benefit of the dozen plus hounds who were lucky enough to be in attendance and the thousands and thousands who weren't so fortunate.
I'm sure to miss a few dishes, but I'll try to give the rundown.
As we waited for people to arrive, we declared the chocolate chip cookies to be an appetizer and dug in. They weren't so much cookies with chocolate chips as they were chocolate chips with a bit of cookie to keep them together. Soft and chewy and mmm mmm good.
Then we dug into homemade guacamole and vietnamese (?) pork wraps with a variety of condiments. There was another ricotta dip with a fresh dill flavor. We had pulled pork sandwiches with chipotle & peach BBQ sauce (this was so delicious, amazing), and tomato and fennel salad with yuzu dressing. There was bacon fried rice, tomato and mozzarella salad (which I brought, recipe below), jerked chicken grilled up fresh on the BBQ, along with a variety of fantastic sausages from a great local butcher, also grilled fresh. We had spicy orange and onion chowder, that was apparently based on one of my favorite Joy of Cooking recipes for orange chicken. There was also butter chicken made from scratch before we moved onto dessert.
For desserts, there was homemade mango sorbet, late season Ontario strawberries with balsamic, and a beautiful cherry cobbler. Plus, more chocolate chip cookies, as we reclassified them as a dessert.
There was green tea iced tea (with simple syrup for sweetening), wonderful Quebec cider, and all the fixings for Mojitos for drinking.