Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Dinner Clubs

My husband and I have been in a dinner club for at least ten years now. Four couples, eight people. The host and hostess pick the menu/recipes and distribute them to the guests. The beauty of this is that everybody has to participate. My husband gets a recipe, too. It's been great fun over the years. We've done themes like French, or all recipes from Charlie Trotter (that one was tough) and we've done eclectic.

My recipe for this Saturday event is pumpkin pie and I have to make it with a real pumpkin from scratch.

"Cheat," my friend said when I told her. "Who will ever know?"
Tempting, I thought. "I would know," I finally decided.
So I'm getting ready. I have the pumpkin, one of those little ones for eating. And I have the recipe. The secret, it says, is to bake and puree the pumpkin the day before, line a colander with coffee filters, and drain the puree overnight in the fridge. Then I'll add lots of honey (my favorite sweetener), cinnamon, ginger, ground cloves, nutmeg, eggs, evaporated milk.
Wish me luck.