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July Supper Club

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My sweet friends came together at my house for July supper club.  I get a little over reactive when it is my turn to host.  I LOVE hosting and since we have a larger group of friends in our Supper Club, my dining table is set for eight every four months or so. 

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I harassed my fireman into taking a quick picture of my bestest girlfriends. The newest (sweet baby) addition to the Tapella’s was at the proud (brand new) grandparent’s house (they live super close to our neightborhood vicinity)  So- we still had seating for just 8..and hopefully 9 sometime!

Supper Club Chatter while I finished up the last details before serving.  I believe there are 2 or three conversations going on at this moment.  We get loud and bossy when we all get together :)
There was, of course, Cupcake..
This month I took advantage of the summer weather and made a seemingly simple dinner fit for my Supper Club group.  The pork tenderloin in my slow cooker all day smelled up the house nicely- and made for an easy finish on a Friday evening- rather than coming straight home from work and sweatin’ it out before my club arrived.  Baked sweet potato fries and crisp asparagus rounded out the meal.. even seconds were mounded on the most pick eater’s plate.

July Menu:

Baked Spinach Artichoke Dip
BBQ Pork Sliders
Baked Sweet Potato Fries
Roasted Parmasan Asparagus
Strawberry Layer Cake
Lets start with the DIP- YUM.
(Adapted from Taste of Home)
2 packages (8 ounces each) 1/3 less fat  cream cheese, softened
1 cup olive oil mayonnaise

1 package (10 ounces) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
1 cup (4 ounces) reduced fat shredded cheddar cheese
1 can (8 ounces) water chestnuts, drained and chopped
5 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
3 green onion, chopped
2 teaspoons dill weed
2 garlic clove, minced
1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1 unsliced round loaf (1 pound) sourdough bread

In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and mayonnaise. Stir in the spinach, cheese, water chestnuts, bacon, onion and seasonings. Cut a 1-1/2-in. slice off top of the bread; set aside. Carefully hollow out bottom, leaving a 1/2-in. shell. Cube removed bread and set aside. Fill the shell with spinach dip; replace top. Wrap in heavy-duty foil; place on a baking sheet. Bake at 375° for 1-1/4 to 1-1/2 hours or until dip is heated through. Open foil carefully.
Nutrition Information:
Serves 18; 1/4 cup each. Calories: 105 * Fat: 7 g * Carbohydrate: 6 g * Fiber: 1 g * Protein: 6 g

And finally, dinner is served!
Pick Eater: “Now thats what I’m talkin’ about- Gimme the MEEEAT! We don’t need no vegetables!”  He holds a good Croc Pot meal above all the others.  So this was a little intimidating as he took the first bite- a double fister; and the next time I looked over- the plate was clean (VEGETABLESand all) and he was on his way back for helping number two- success!


Dry rub:
2 tablespoons salt
2 tablespoons black pepper
2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
2 tablespoons paprika
1/2 tablespoon cayenne

1 medium purple onion
4 pound lean pork tenderloin
2 cups apple juice
2 cups apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup rice vinegar
1/4 cup Worcestershire
1 tablespoon liquid smoke
1 tablespoon garlic powder
6 soft Kaiser rolls, or other large rolls
6-8 ounces Bbq sauce

Mix the dry rub ingredients in small bowl. Sprinkle dry rub all over the pork roast, pressing into the pork. Cover with plastic and refrigerate overnight (or at least 2 hours).

Slice purple onion into thin rings, or half-moons. Layer into the bottom of the Croc*Pot. Place pork on top (plastic removed!). Combine liquid ingredients and the garlic powder in a medium bowl and pour into Pot and tightly cover with aluminum foil then lid. Roast on LOW 8-10 hours or until fork tender and shreds easily. Remove pork and onions from Pot and shred. Place in a large mixing bowl and add 3/4 cup of cooking liquid and BBQ sauce to the bowl, mixing well. Serve on top of warmed rolls.


6 sweet potatoes, cut into fries, or thin wedges
2-3 tablespoons canola oil
1 tablespoons garlic powder
1 tablespoon paprika
2 teaspoons Kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. In a plastic bag, combine the sweet potatoes, canola oil, garlic powder, paparika, salt, and cayenne pepper. Close and shake the bag until the fries are evenly coated. Spread the fries out in a single layer on two large baking sheets. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until crispy and brown.

Nutritional Information
Serves 6
Calories: 169
Total Fat: 4.7g
Total Carbohydrates: 29.2g
Dietary Fiber: 3.9g
Protein: 2.1g
Parmesan-Crusted Asparagus

2 bunches asparagus (about 2 lbs.)
2 teaspoons olive oil
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/3 cup packed freshly shredded parmesan cheese
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice

Preheat oven to 475°. Hold the end of an asparagus stalk and bend until it snaps off. Repeat with remaining stalks and discard woody ends. Toss asparagus with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and toss well. Arrange asparagus in an even layer in a shallow baking dish. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese and bake until asparagus is crisp-tender and cheese is browned, about 10 minutes. Sprinkle with lemon juice.

Nutrition Information:
Serves 6
Calories: 84
Fat: 4.6
Carbohydrate: 5 g
Fiber: 1.2 g
Protein: 7.6 g

Triple Layer Strawberry Cake

with Strawberry Buttercream Frosting

1 (18.25-ounce) package white cake mix
       (I used Duncan Hines Moist Deluxe Classic White Cake Mix without pudding.)
1 (5-ounce) package strawberry gelatin (not instant)
4 large eggs
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup frozen sliced strawberries, thawed
1 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon strawberry extract
1/2 cup milk

Strawberry Buttercream Frosting
1 cup butter, softened (2 sticks)
1/2 cup Crisco shortening
2 teaspoons strawberry extract
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 (16-oz.) package powdered sugar
3 to 5 Tbsp. milk

Garnish: whole strawberries

Beat the cake mix and next 7 ingredients at low speed with an electric mixer 1 minute. Scrape down the sides, and beat at medium speed 2 more minutes, stopping to scrape down sides, if needed. (Strawberries should be well blended into batter.) Pour batter into 3 greased and floured 9-inch cakepans.
Bake at 350° for 23 minutes or until cakes spring back when lightly pressed with a finger.
Cool in pans on wire racks for 8-10 minutes. Remove from pans; cool completely on wire racks.
Spread Strawberry Buttercream Frosting between layers and on top and sides of cake. Garnish, if desired. Serve immediately, or chill up to 1 week.

Strawberry Buttercream Frosting

Beat first 4 ingredients at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Gradually add powdered sugar alternately with 3 Tbsp. milk, 1 Tbsp. at a time, beating at low speed until blended and smooth after each addition. Beat in up to 2 Tbsp. additional milk for desired consistency.

To make ahead: Place finished cake in the refrigerator, uncovered, and chill for 20 minutes or until the frosting sets. Cover well with wax paper, and store in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. To freeze, wrap chilled cake with aluminum foil, and freeze up to 6 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator.

Nutrition Information:
Portion. Control. :)

Yet again- another fabulous time with my sweet friends.  Hopefully my club can inspire your own fun with friends and home cooking.  Next up- Supper Club at the Dunaway’s for August!  Stay tuned!

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