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10/15

October 2015. Heather's Cranberry Apple Cake was moist with tart bursts of cranberries and sweetened with a creamy scoop of vanilla ice cream. featured recipe: Sparkly Shrimp aka Sea Salt, Pepper and Ginger Shrimp

2/15

February 2015. Kelly and Stacey collaborated on a fresh, vibrant salad Romaine, Frisee, Watercress Salad with English Peas and Carrots. Kelly's salad dressing was perfect. featured recipe: Short Ribs with Anise and Ginger

12/14

December 2014. Lena and Rosalie helped Margo prepare this lovely drink. Rosalie labored squeezing lemons by hand and straining seeds for this delicious ruby-hued cocktail, the Regina Viola. It was the starter drink for an evening of holiday cheer. featured recipe: Regina Viola

11/14

November 2014. From the Epicureaders archive, Sparkly Shrimpwas prepared by Margo in December 2011. The"sparkle" is sea salt. Ginger and green onions are the key ingredients in this fragrant dish. featured recipe: Sparkly Shrimp aka Sea Salt, Pepper and Ginger Shrimp

10/14

October 2014. Dem bone, dem bones, dem juicy bones...Margo created a perfect Halloween main course - Short Ribs with Anise and Ginger for the October 2014 meeting. featured recipe: Short Ribs with Anise and Ginger

9/14

September 2014. Heather treated us to a satisfying entree of Salmon with Mustard Ginger Sauce and mashed potatoes for the September 2014 meeting. featured recipe: Salmon with Mustard Ginger Sauce

8/14

August 2014. Stacey treated us to a bold summer salad. Arugula Salad with French Feta and Figs for the August 2014 meeting. Bright orange tomatoes added color and contrast to the dark greens. featured recipe: Arugula Fig Salad

7/14

July 2014. Kelly's Peach and Blueberry Salad is a perfect summer treat. Kelly used firm peaches combined with fresh herbs and lime for a sweetly crisp and bold salad. save the date

6/14

June 2014. Margo's Braised Chicken with Artichokes and Olives was so delicious, I made it the next week. It has the perfect balance of salt and sour and savory flavors, not to mention the beautiful golden color. save the date

5/14

May 2014. Fig and Walnut Tapenade with Goat Cheese is a "flash back" recipe prepared by Lena back in 2008. It's is a lovely blend of sweet figs, savory walnuts, and salty capers. featured recipe: fig tapenade

4/14

April 2014. Heather made a beautiful Chicken & Dumplings with rolled crescent shaped dumplings. Otto helped with preparation and tasting. It was a homey and filling dish - perfect for January when it was prepared. featured recipe: Chicken & Dumplings

3/14

March 2014. Julieta is a master of Spanish cuisine. One of our all time favorite recipes is her Spanish Spinach. Freshly cooked bunches of spinach and tender chickpeas make for a delicious side dish. featured recipe: spanish spinach

2/14

February 2014. Lena got this Whisky Sour recipe from a favorite relative during a holiday visit to Las Vegas with family. Having a signature cocktail is what keeps the family happy at week long getaways. This recipe's a keeper. featured recipe: whisky sour

1/14

January 2014. Shrimp, Orange, Olive Salad was a stunning dish to celebrate the Lunar New Year. Margo prepared individual servings on a decorative Chinese platter. featured recipe: shrimp salad

12/13

December 2013. Margo made a beautiful Salmon En Croute for the December 2011 Epicureaders holiday party. Margo learned to make this dish at a cooking school years ago and it's been a classic ever since. save the date

11/13

November 2013. Kelly grilled THE most delicious Peruvian Chicken for the November 2013 meeting. The dish was accompanied by a sauce and green onions. save the date

10/13

October 2013. Bloody Mary cocktails made by Margo for the October 2013 Halloween meeting were adorned with devil swizzle sticks and crispy celery stalks. Since they were clearly a health food, we all had seconds. featured recipe

9/13

September 2013. Caipirinhas made by Heather for the May 2013 meeting were so refreshing we nearly finished the bottle of Cachaca. Julieta was a master at making the drinks and kept everyone well hydrated. Limes at their best. featured recipe

8/13

August 2013. Lemon Chicken Breasts made by Heather for the August 2013 meeting were a perfect summer dish. Fragrant lemon, crispy salty skin, and moist meat with every bite -- sure to become an epicureader favorite. featured recipe

7/13

July 2013. Tomato & St. George Cheese Tart was debuted at the July 2008 meeting. Lena brought it back five years later to take advantage of the delicious tomatoes picked at her family's farm in Brentwood. Nothing is tastier than a tomato at its peak. save the date

6/13

June 2013. Julieta's earthy Roasted Potatoes and Mushrooms was a hit at the July 2013 Summer Picnic meeting, The tender baby potatoes studded with onions and mushrooms were a perfect complement to the tomato tart and sausages. save the date

5/13

May 2013. An Epicureaders favorite dish from the December 2006 meeting is Heather's Brussels Sprouts and Walnuts with Fennel and Shallots. We have repeated this dish to great success with our families over the years. save the date

4/13

Apr 2013. This month's featured recipe, Midori Sparkle Cocktail is as fabulous as its name implies. Margo was kept busy refilling our glasses at the December 2011 meeting. The green Midori and red cherry were a perfect Christmas touch. featured recipe: artichokes & dip

3/13

Mar 2013. Kelly's Golden & Red Tomato Soup from the June 2009 meeting was one of our most beautiful dishes. The soup is a testament to Kelly's patience. She had to carefully pour two soups into one bowl without muddling them. pistachio ice cream pie

2/13

Feb 23, 2013. Lucky 13! Epicureaders celebrates 13 years together. We'll raise a glass or two of champagne at our February meeting to celebrate our friendship. We have so much to look forward to in the coming years. Here's to us! save the date

2/13

Feb 2013. Reaching back in our recipe archives, we find an inspiring side dish from the November 2006 meeting: Lena's Braised Onions and Carrots (Sabzi Piez). This dish from the Steppes of Central Asia has vibrant colors and sweet sour flavors. pistachio ice cream pie

1/13

Jan 2013. This month's featured recipe, Quiche Lorraine is an Epicureaders favorite made by Julieta. Salty bacon, silky eggs, and savory cheese make this dish a savory delight. We are always thrilled when Julieta brings this luscious dish. save the date

12/12

Dec 2012. The perfect man, the gingerbread man, was the theme of our Christmas party and ginger was featured in many of the dishes of our dinner. The best use of ginger goes to this month's featured recipe, the Ginger Cosmopolitan made by Margo. save the date

11/12

Nov 2012. Margo started our October 2012 Halloween festivities with Italian Halloween Punch. The licorice swizzle stick added a dark Halloween touch and were playfully swung and pointed as the night progressed (and glasses were refilled.) save the date

11/12

Save the date for the ever-thrilling, much-anticipated Epicureaders holiday party at Margo's: Friday, December 7. Not to be missed! Our theme is the perfect man, The Gingerbread Man! save the date

10/12

Oct 2012. This month's featured dish by Kelly is Artichokes & Zesty Dip. The dip was deliciously creamy with a spike of lemon zest and fresh black pepper. Kelly made this dish for the October 2012 meeting. featured recipe: artichokes & dip

9/12

Sep 2012. It was inevitable that we would try a recipe called The Pink Cake. Lena was sceptical that the taste would match the amount of work (in mashing and straining raspberries, and heating egg whites), but it was a lovely, delicious cake. pistachio ice cream pie

8/12

Aug 2012. We are featuring two spectacular dishes - both simple and satisfying. Heather's tender Roasted Trout, and Kelly's Roasted Potatoes with Patates Bravas Sauce. The full flavor of Kelly's sauce paired beautifully with the delicate trout. pistachio ice cream pie

7/12

July 2012. Our signature cocktails are always a hit. This Shrinking Violet cocktail was as beautiful as it was delicious with its transparent amethyst purple bubbles and distinctive violet flavor. We may have enjoyed several at our July meeting. This cocktail was made by Lena. pistachio ice cream pie

6/12

June 2012. Julieta surprised us at the July 2012 meeting with one of her winning pasta salads, this one was filled with olives, peas, corn, and red peppers, and had just the right amount of vinegar to balance the rich corn pasta. A summery delight! pistachio ice cream pie

5/12

May 2012. Margo festooned our dinner table at the April 2012 meeting with this lovely Farro and Pear Salad with Mascarpone & Honey. Savory, sweet, and creamy -- all the makings of a perfect dish. pistachio ice cream pie

4/12

April 2012. This month's featured recipe is the Pistachio Cardamom Ice Cream Pie made by Heather for the April 2012 poetry interlude. Refreshingly cold, creamy ice cream infused with cardamom and crunchy pistachios. It was love at first bite. pistachio ice cream pie

3/12

March 2012. This month's featured recipe is the Sweet & Hot Pepper Chicken Asian Style made by Kelly for the November 2011 meeting. Vibrant reds and greens mixed with the sweet & spicy flavors to create an irresistable chicken dish. asian chicken

2/12

February 2012. This month's featured recipe Roasted Butternut Squash, Rosemary, and Garlic Lasagne is an Epicureaders' favorite. A vibrantly orange and deeply satisfying winter dish, Lena first prepared it in September 2000. featured recipe: Rosemary & Olive Chicken Breasts

1/12

January 2012. This month's featured recipe is Green Beans with Pomegranate Vinaigrette prepared by Heather for the November 2011 meeting. Contrasting vibrant green and red were stunning, and crunchy seeds added delicious texture. featured recipe: Rosemary & Olive Chicken Breasts

12/1

December 2011. Stacey's crudites platter was beautiful with red and orange baby carrots, vibrant green persian cucumbers, yellow and red red peppers, and round red radishes. The creamy balsamic vinegar dipping sauce was a perfect complement. featured recipe: Rosemary & Olive Chicken Breasts

11/1

November 2011. Another cocktail is this month's featured recipe -- The Bees Knees was mixed up by Kelly for the November 2011 meeting. It had the perfect blend of sweet rich honey and lemon with a beautiful lavendar blossom on top. Exquisite! featured recipe: Rosemary & Olive Chicken Breasts

11/11

November 2011. Glitter and Sparkle -- our eyes light up when we hear those words. Lucky for us, glitter & sparkle is the inspiring theme for our holiday party on Friday, December 9th. Prepare to dazzle! Sunglasses may be in order. featured recipe: Rosemary & Olive Chicken Breasts

10/11

October 2011. This month's featured recipe is the White Spider cocktail made by Margo for the October 2011 Halloween meeting. As you can see from the half full glass, we didn't waste any time polishing down several. The spider got her vengeance the next morning. featured recipe: Rosemary & Olive Chicken Breasts

9/11

September 2011. This month's featured recipe is Rosemary Olive Chicken made by Kelly in Nov 2010 and again by popular demand in Sep 2011. These tender breasts are beautifully decorated with a branch of rosemary with olives as leaves. featured recipe: Rosemary & Olive Chicken Breasts

8/11

August 2011. This month's featured recipe is Strawberry Sheet Cake by Lena. The icing is a mouth-watering thick slab of fresh strawberries in their juice mixed with rich cream cheese and butter. It's cold, creamy and delicious. featured recipe: Strawberry Sheet Cake

7/11

July 2011. This month's featured recipe was made by Margo back in March 2009. Mom Roblin's Potato Chip Cookies have a satisfying combination of saltiness and sweetness which along with the crusty brown bottoms, make them completely irresistable. featured recipe: Potato Chip Cookies

6/11

June 2011. This month's featured recipe is Asparagus Bread Pudding by Stacey. Its cheesy, souffle-fluffiness made it a a perfect spring dish and the Epicureaders devoured it. It was the main feature of the May 2011 meeting. featured recipe: Asparagus Bread Pudding

5/11

May 2011. This month's featured recipe is Scandinavian Seafood Salad by Margo. Epicureaders went crazy for this unctuous salad of smoked and fresh fish, crab, shrimp, potatoes, and more, all in a creamy seasoned dressing. We all had seconds! featured recipe: scandinavian seafood salad

4/11

April 2011. This month's featured recipe is "Jello From Another Planet"Rainbow Ribbon Jello and Marshmallow Aliens by Heather. Heather's son Otto created the chocolate-covered marshmallow aliens and space backdrop. featured recipe: chicken veronique

3/11

March 2011. This month's featured recipe is Chicken Veronique prepared by Heather. Beauty and substance: Sweet green grapes, earthy mushrooms and chicken browned to perfection make this dish an other-wordly experience. featured recipe: chicken veronique

2/11

February 23, 2011. Happy Anniversary to Epicureaders! A Pink Lady cocktail toast to us as we begin our eleventh year together. Our latest innovation was introducing a signature cocktail at every meeting. Cheers! featured recipe: Pink Lady cocktail

2/11

February 2011. This month's featured recipe is French Four-Spice Cake with Browned Butter Spice Frosting made by Heather in November 2010. Rustic, lively spices, rich browned butter, and crunchy walnuts bring this cake to life. featured recipe: French Four-Spice Cake with Browned Butter Spice Frosting

1/11

January 2011. This month's featured recipe is a classic Crab Louie Salad made by Margo in January 2011. Creamy avocado, eggs, and rich Louie dressing contrasted with the sweet morsels of crab and crispy lettuce. A triumph! featured recipe: Crab Louie Salad

12/10

December 2010. This month's featured recipe is a Croquembouche made by Lisa and Lena for the December 2010 holiday party, The caramel crackled beautifully with every bite. It was Lena's dream to make this spectacular dessert. featured recipe: Croquembouche

11/10

November 2010. This month's featured recipe is a Ginger Applejack Manhattan cocktail --first made by Margo for the December 2009 holiday party and reprised by Kelly for the November 2010 meeting. Ginger, apple and lime flavors predominate. featured recipe: Ginger Applejack Manhattan

10/10

October 2010. This month's second featured recipe is Colorful Mixed Salad with Toasts made by Kelly for the June 2009 meeting. Vibrantly colored, crunchy vegetables and crispy toasted bread sticks were the hallmarks of this wonderful salad. featured recipe: Colorful Mixed Salad with Toasts

10/10

October 2010. This month's featured recipe made by Margo is a Bacon and Cashew Caramel Corn. You will be amazed with the ingredients that go into this complex and delicious caramel corn. It's perfect for a fall evening next to the fire. featured recipe: Bacon and Cashew Caramel Corn

10/10

October 2010. It's that time of year again when we are full of glee and anticipation for this year's holiday party: Saturday, December 11th. As the pinnacle of our 10th anniversary year-long celebration, we'll end the festivities in a most "spirited" way.

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9/10

September 2010. This month's featured recipe made by Margo is a Frozen Barcelona cocktail. Margo is our signature cocktail queen and this was a stunning mix of brandy and orange flavors made luscious with cream. Photo: Margo making drinks. featured recipe: Frozen Barcelona

8/10

August 2010. This month's featured recipe made by Stacey is Gorgonzola & Pears with Raspberries & Flowers. This may be the most beautiful dish ever made in Epicureaders. The sweet fruit and creamy cheese was ethereal. featured recipe: Olive Oil Chicken Confit

7/10

July 2010. This month's featured recipe made by Heather is Olive Oil Chicken Confit with Anchovy-Parmesan Dressing. The Chicken is immersed in olive oil and cooked slowly at low temperature resulting in meat succulent and rich in flavor. featured recipe: Olive Oil Chicken Confit

6/10

June 2010. This month's featured recipe, Onion Tortilla made by Julieta is an Epicureaders favorite. Julieta pairs this dish of her homeland Spain with her equally delicious Olive Tortilla with plump green olives bursting from the top. featured recipe: Spanish Tortillas

5/10

May 2010. This month's featured recipe, Brown Butter Raspberry Tart made by Lena is perfect for a summer party. The rich butter filling balances the tangy raspberries. The no-roll crust is the simplest dough to make - just press it into place. featured recipe: Brown Butter Raspberry Tart

4/10

April 2010. This month's featured recipe, Bruschetta with Fava Beans, Greens and Blood Oranges made by Lena is the epitomy of springtime. Bright green favas and crimson oranges make a beautiful appetizer. Showcase them on a white platter. featured recipe: fava bean bruschetta

3/10

March 2010. This month's featured recipe, Salade Vigneronne was prepared by Heather for the February 2010 meeting. Stunning, a perfect balance of bitter Endive and sour pickles. It was a tangy balance to the fatty Choucroute Garnie. featured recipe

2/10

February 2010. This month's featured recipe, Cocoa-Crusted Beef was prepared by Margo for the December 2009 meeting. Rich and juicy, this Italian dish was a satisfyingly delicious centerpiece to the annual Holiday dinner. featured recipe

2/23/10

daisy bullet February 23, 2010. Congratulations on Epicureaders 10th anniversary! A champagne toast to many more memorable decades together reading, eating, and chatting about our lives (and sometimes even the book). Cheers! celebrating 10 years together

1/10

January 2010. This month's featured recipe, Serrano Ham and Manchego Cheese is an appetizer from Julieta's birthcountry Spain. The striking colors, textures, and balance of the salty ham and rich cheese make this dish irresistable. calendar for 2010 selecting and hosting

1/10

January 2010. The new 2010 calendar is here! Our selection rotation begins with Stacey in January and Lena in February. Find out who's selecting the book each month. We'll sign up for hosting at the February meeting. calendar for 2010 selecting and hosting

12/09

December 2009. Break out the Christmas sweaters, big hair and animal prints. It's a New Jersey Christmas! Spirits were high with Margo's Ginger Applejack Manhattan's. Kelly was fabulous in her silver studded jacket. have a holly jersey christmas

12/09

December 2009. This month's featured recipe, Ancho Brownies was prepared by Kelly for the October 2009 meeting. Spiked with vibrant chiles, these brownies boasted the crunch of pumpkin seeds and the spiciness of mexican chocolate. featured recipe: Ancho brownies

11/09

November 2009. This month's featured recipe, Yummy Yams was prepared by Heather for the September 2008 meeting. Gorgeously orange and luxuriously rich in flavor, these creamy yams sprinkled with walnuts were a huge hit. featured recipe

11/09

November 2009. Tis the season for planning the Epicureaders' holiday party. Anticipation is building for this year's theme. Bring on the martinis, champagne and pink holiday cheer. Secret santas will be randomly drawn at the November meeting. featured recipe

10/09

October 2009. This month's featured recipe, Bittersweet Chocolate and Pear Cake was prepared by Lena for the July 2009 Earthy Delights dinner. Sweet tender pears and rich chocolate are an irresistible combination. featured recipe

9/09

September 2009. This month's featured recipe, Grilled Fennel & Tomatoes was prepared by Margo for the August 2008 Enchanted Evening dinner. A perfect dish for late summer tomatoes. Fennel and artichokes round out the flavors. featured recipe

8/09

August 2009. This month's featured recipe, Heirloom Tomato Salad, prepared by Margo, is as delicious as it is beautiful. At its best in late summer when tomatoes are at their peak. A sprinkling of cherry tomatoes and cheese adds interest. featured recipe

7/09

July 2009. This month's featured recipe, Arugula Flatbread, is a vibrant dish made by Stacey for the for the May 2009 meeting. Stacey achieved a perfect balance of healthy and delicious for the "brain food" theme. Sweet pears contrast with the bitter arugula. featured recipe

6/09

June 2009. This month's featured recipe, Mice, is a playful dish from the Epicureaders archives made by Stacey in 2002 for an Australian-themed brunch. The purple licorice tails are especially striking. Who knew mice could be so tasty?

Featured recipe: Mice!

5/09

May 2009. This month's featured recipe, Dolmas from Julieta is an Epicureaders favorite. Debuting at the Dervishes Delight dinner, the tangy lemon and grape leaf wrappers are a bright contrast to the subtle, melt-in-your-mouth rice filling. Featured recipe: Dolmas

4/09

Apr 2009. Our third featured recipe with orange as its main flavor is a stunning yet simple dessert prepared by Stacey for the March 2009 meeting. You will fight over the last piece of this almond flour and agave nectar Clementine Cake. Featured recipe: Clementine Cake
  Apr 2009. We're thrilled to welcome our newest member, Kelly Roberson. Kelly is a lighting designer and works internationally. She and Stacey met at college at Cornell. We look forward to getting to know Kelly in the coming years. Welcome! Welcome, Kelly!

3/09

Mar 2009. This month's featured recipe, Fennel, Tangerine, Purple Carrot Salad was prepared by Kelly for the January 2009 meeting. Contrasting shades of deep purple and vivid orange make this a visually stunning salad. Featured recipe: Fennel, Tangerine, Purple Carrot Salad

2/09

Feb 2009. This month's featured recipe, Baked Orange French Toast was prepared by Heather for the February 2009 meeting. Infused with orange and plumped in the oven, this is rich and oh so satisfying. The boozy orange sauce was perfect. featured recipe: Baked Orange French Toast

1/09

Jan 2009. This month's featured recipe, Chez Panisse Herbed Almonds was prepared by Margo for the January 2009 meeting. Crunchy and lightly seasoned with salt and fresh herbs, these almonds are a simple and irresistable appetizer.

featured recipe: Chez Panisse Herbed Almonds

 

At the January 2009 meeting (as we do every year), we reflected on the past year and had some ideas for things to do/try in the new year:

  • it's OK to discuss the book even if everyone has not yet finished it.
  • we will come up with fun ways to celebrate our 10th anniversary year culminating in Feb 23, 2010 as our actual 10th anniversary
  • we didn't come up with any special themes yet (maybe 10 years as a group is our theme?)
  • everyone liked the idea of a photo book celebrating our first decade
  • everyone is still interested in donating books to SF General Hospital for kids
  • we are ready for another field trip
  • and last but not least, everyone agreed to get their recipes to me this year;)
 

12/08

Dec 2008. It's that time of year for the much-anticipated and intoxicating-in-all-ways Holiday Party. The theme is "Cold Winter Nights". This gala event brings together previous and current members to revel in the spirit of the season. epicureaders party 2008

 

Dec 2008. This month's featured recipe, Raspberry Charlotte (Charlotte à la Framboise) was prepared by Lena for the December 2008 holiday party. Creamy raspberry filling colored Epicureaders' signature pink. A fairy tale ending to the meal. featured recipe: Raspberry Charlotte

11/08

Nov 2008. This month's featured recipe, Mexican Christmas Eve Salad (Ensalada de Noche Buena) was prepared by Stacey for the November 2008 meeting. A vibrantly beautiful salad of contrasts -- crimson beets, pale greens and crunchy nuts. featured recipe

10/08

Oct 2008. This month's featured recipe, Melange of Roasted Vegetables was prepared by Margo for the October 2008 meeting. Tiny peppers, glossy fennel, hearty carrots, earthy beets and eggplant co-mingle in this perfect fall dish. featured recipe

9/08

Sep 2008. This month's featured recipe, Pork Tenderloin Stuffed with Pears and Prosciutto was prepared by Stacey for the September 2008 meeting. This succulent dish marries sweet fall pears with delicate salty prosciutto. Simply stunning.

Pork Tenderloin

8/08

Aug 2008. This month's featured recipe, Persian Love Cake was prepared by Lena for the August 2008 meeting. Cardamom and Saffron are delicately infused in the cake and ethereal whipped cream icing. An enchanting dessert fit for a moghul emperor. persian love cake

7/08

July 2008. This month's featured recipe, Pancetta Roast Chicken with Walnut Stuffing was prepared by Margo for the April 2008 meeting. Juicy and succulent chicken with the intense salty tease of crisp pancetta, this dish was truly fit for a queen. featured recipe: Pancetta Roast Chicken with Walnut Stuffing

6/08

June 2008. This month's featured recipe, Licorice Pudding was prepared by Lena for the June 2008 meeting. Similar in color and flavor to a butterscotch or caramel pudding, it has a pronounced licorice taste. It tastes much better than it sounds.

featured recipe: licorice pudding

5/08

May 2008. This month's featured recipe, Endive with Apple, Blue Cheese & Toasted Hazelnuts was prepared by Heather for the April 2008 meeting. The blend of creamy cheese, crunchy nuts and bitter endive was irresistable. featured recipe: endive with apple, blue cheese and toasted hazelnuts

4/08

April 2008. This month's featured recipe, Corn Pudding with Dill and Parsley was prepared by Stacey for our August 2006 meeting. Our dinner theme was clouds, and this dish perfectly embodied the light and fluffy quality of clouds.

featured recipe: corn souffle

3/08

March 28, 2008. This month's featured recipe, Paella Valenciana was prepared by Julieta for the October 2007 meeting. This is just one of the many luscious dishes Julieta has shared with us from her home country, Spain. featured recipe: paella

2/08

February 2008. This month's featured recipe, Madonna Martinis was prepared (again and again) by Margo for the December 2007 Epicureaders holiday party. This is THE BEST martini and Margo's instructions will make you smile.

featured recipe: madonna martinis

1/08

January 2008. This month's featured recipe, Pork Tenderloin with Cider Glaze and Dried Fruits was prepared by Margo for the December 2007 holiday party. The sweet dried fruit stuffing balanced the rich savory sauce. pork tenderloin

12/07

Dec 8, 2007. Blessed are the martinis, for they shall start the party...This year's Epicureaders' Holiday Party theme "Madonnas of San Francisco" brought visits by the Virgin Mary-Margo and the party edition of the Virgin of Guadelupe. martinis start the party

 

Dec 2007. This month's featured recipe, Blue Cheese Dip with Caramelized Shallots was prepared by Margo for the October 2007 meeting. We found it difficult to step away from this intensely cheesey dip. blue cheese dip

10/07

Oct 3, 2007. This month's featured recipe, Winter Salad with Persimmons and Feta was prepared by Stacey for the December 2006 holiday party.This is one of the most beautiful salads of MANY amazing salads Stacey has prepared. Just in time for persimmon season! recipe: winter salad with persimmons and feta

8/07

Aug 4, 2007. This month's featured recipe, Blue Hawaiian Cocktail was prepared by Lena for the July 2007 annual movie night meeting. This year, we chose our movie-- Elvis Presley's Blue Hawaii in honor of this cocktail . It's clear where our priorities are.

recipe: blue hawaiian cocktail

6/07

June 29, 2007. Leslie moved north to Oregon to a fabulous new home with her husband, Dustin and three kids: Lauren, Henry and Sam. Leslie has found the time to be a devoted member through the birth of two children AND her medical residency - and she always has a smile. We'll miss you, Leslie! leslie

5/07

May 4, 2007. This month's featured recipe, Strawberry Clouds was prepared by Lena for the August 2006 meeting. A crunchy white meringue forms the base of the cloud and billows of rich whipped cream hide strawberries nestled on top. Margo made a delicious Lemon Cloud dessert.

4/07

Apr 8, 2007. This month's featured recipe, Lima Beans with Clams was prepared by Leslie for the November 2006 meeting. This was part of a Tapas Buffet, celebrating the pilgrimage to Santiago in "The Zahir". Leslie also prepared Cauliflower with Serrano Ham and Tomato.

3/07

Mar 9, 2007. This month's featured recipe, Crunchy Wasabi Salmon with Lime was prepared by Margo for the February 2007 meeting. This outstanding salmon was from CleanFish. The crunchy, pistachio-colored wasabi peas contrasted with the pale pink of the salmon.

2/07

Feb 23, 2007. Epicureaders celebrates seven years of alluring dinners and scintillating discussion. Let's raise a toast (of bubbly, of course) to our vibrant reading group and the good times we've shared over the years.

 

Feb 20, 2007. This month's featured recipe, Caribbean Vegetable Stew was prepared by Heather for the January 2007 meeting. Savory sweet potatoes, tomatoes and okra were combined with a crunchy peanut and cilantro garnish. Heather paired this with pineapple ginger tropical fruit salad.

1/07

January 30, 2007. Epicureaders decided on two themes for this year as inspiration for reading: science fiction and wanderlust. Not sure what book to choose? Think about choosing from one of these topics!

sci fi and wanderlust themes

12/06

See photos of the most eagerly awaited event of the year...the annual Epicureaders' holiday party and reunion. Margo announced a "shoes" party theme. It was a "Babes in Toyland" evening.

 

Dec 27, 2006. Epicureaders were photographed for Smart Magazine at Margo's home. An interview with Lena about Epicureaders was planned for the March 2006 issue, but it got shelved. Thanks, Noah for photographing us!  

11/06

Nov 16, 2006. Welcome to our newest member, Heather! Heather is mother of two young boys, Otto and Kurt, and an Analyst at CDL. Heather recently moved into a new home with her family, where she'll continue her delicious pie-of-the-month baking tradition. Find out more about Heather (and her pie of the month calendar). heather joins epicureaders

6/06

Sofia Blanc de Blancs sparkling wine is the Epicureaders' champagne of choice. Yes, the pink cellophane initially attracted us, but we love the flavor.

5/06

May 31, 2006. Stacey has concluded her many years of dedicated work with the San Francisco Symphony (her work behind the scenes, that is. She will continue to be available to play flute.) She is devoting her full attention to her feldenkrais practice. Refer your family and friends to Stacey!

 

3/06

Lauren and Henry welcome their little brother, Sam Owen born on March 8 at 9:41pm. He was 7 lbs 8 oz. Congratulations, Leslie!

 

1/06

Epicureaders introduces a new design for the website.  

9/05

Frith bids farewell. She's moving to North Carolina. Stacey suggested Frith should be a member-at-large.  

2/05

Epicureaders celebrated its 5th anniversary on February 23, 2005  

11/04

Leslie rejoins the group!  

10/04

Welcome, Coltrane Calder Gowan, born on October 27. Congratulations, Frith!  

 

We bid farewell again to Margarette.  

6/04

The BookClub Cookbook is now available www.bookclubcookbook.com.  

2/23/04

Margo ordered beautiful sterling silver necklaces in celebration of our 4th anniversary -- each engraved with Epicureaders and our name (2/23/04).

1/30/04

"the list" of suggested books has been eliminated.

Welcome back, Margarette, who is returning as a member as of January 2004!

 

9/03

Epicureaders were profiled for "The Book Club Cook Book", a cookbook on reading groups (under the entry for "Angle of Repose"), publication date 6/04.

 

3/3/03

Welcome to our new member -- Frith!  

2/21/03

Due to her busy schedule and new writing class, Larisa has left the group.  

1/03

The group made the following decisions at the annual year-end review meeting in January:

  • continue taking turns selecting books (whoever chooses should bring a couple of titles for the group to choose from)
  • read a biography in May
  • more in-depth discussion: the discussion leader will continue to provide biographical info and pose a few questions to the group (ideally in advance via email). Other members are encouraged to pose questions in advance. Members are encouraged to submit relevant background info (websites, etc.) to Lena for posting on the website.
  • read a book about poetry
  • recruit new members
  • read a book from Southern Europe (italy, spain); Stacey suggested Primo Levi's "The Periodic Table"
  • read Seabiscuit in May or June and go to the races
 

10/02

Rosalie has left the group, but asked us to keep her posted on other fun activities.  

5/1/02

We now have our own domain name www.epicureaders.com; update your bookmarks (5/1/02)  

2/21/02

At the February meeting, Larisa proposed some ideas for themes:

  • beat poets and writers
  • futurists (russian and italian)
  • existentialists

The group decided to try a theme and chose "the beats" for 2 months. We will begin in April with Beat Poetry and in May we will read a book by a beat author (to be decided in April -- everyone should suggest one book). (2/21/02)

 

2/21/02

Margo initiated a founder appreciation event. At the end of the February meeting the group presented Lena with a beautiful North Indian Turban Pin and Margo brought champagne (Lena's favorite drink). Thank you very much. I was really touched. (2/21/02)  

1/23/02

Permanent Guest status has been eliminated.  

1/22/02

At the January meeting, members proposed some new ideas, a new deadline for dinner theme announcement and criteria for book selection to add to the existing guidelines:

  • series of 3 books in one theme (actually suggested last year too!)
  • members will take turns choosing a book (instead of a consensus method)
  • enhance our book discussion with more advanced preparation (bring book reviews, bring other reference materials, keep to a strict timeline, all members contribute)
  • dinner theme will be announced 2 weeks in advance; dishes should be announced at least 1 week in advance (send email to host and webmaster)
  • have a field trip or group activity (significant others might join us)
  • alternative venues for dinner upon occasion (might work well with a poetry interlude)
  • new members can be added

 

10/01/01

Lisa has decided to become a permanent guest rather than a regular member due to her evening work schedule as of October 2001. Please remove her from your email list -- she does not have access to email any longer.

Margarette has also decided to become a permanent guest due to her busy work and school schedule as of October 30, 2001.

 

4/12/01

Lavender sachets with japanese flower pattern fabric were given to all in attendance at the Poetry Interlude by Margarette who sewed them. Thanks, Margarette!  

3/29/01

At the March meeting members proposed letting each member take turns choosing a book. The group has not decided whether to try this method.  

2/22/01

Margo presented all members with a personalized plastic food keeper for dinner leftovers. Thanks, Margo!  

1/29/01

At the January meeting, members proposed a few themes and criteria for book selection to add to the existing guidelines:

  • short story interlude (similar to a poetry interlude)
  • reading a long book over 2 months (the first month would be a poetry interlude then the second month would be a discussion of the book)
  • series of 3 books in one theme
  • challenge ourselves; read a philosophical book or read a book and then read a critique of it
  • books by nobel prize winners or other award-winning authors.