The Gatherings cookbook by Jan Scot and Julie Rosendaal is the perfect guide to at-home entertaining. It features over 100 delicious, easy to make recipes for gatherings such Weekend Brunch, Showers, Pie Party, The Pantry Party, Kid’s Birthday Parties, Big Family Gatherings, Fall Harvest Dinner, Sunday Supper, Date Night for Two, Cocktail Party, Book Club, Beer Tasting, Retro Game Night, Sleepover Party and just in time for the holidays, Holiday Open House.
There are colour photos and helpful tips on organizing successful gatherings throughout the book. Jan Scott, a professional event planner and food writer, lists rules for entertaining at home that apply to how prepare and serve food, how to treat your guests, and how to prepare your house for entertaining. There is also a food quantities guide on how to feed a crowd which will be very helpful in planning holiday gatherings.
My family is all about gatherings whether for birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, suppers and reunions, well, anytime could be a reason for gatherings at our home. One of my most memorable gatherings is our annual family reunion. Family from near and far gather at a family member’s home with food they prepared to share. It is a fun full day to eat, drink, catch up with family news, and participate in planned activities.
I made the Simple French Onion Soup from the Date Night chapter in the book for the night my husband I were home alone. This soup with caramelized onions in a rich beef broth, flavoured with red wine, topped with crusty bread and Gruyére, and placed under the broiler until the cheese starts to bubble, is just one of the recipes listed for Date Night. Add the Pear, Avocado and Roquefort Salad, Mussels with Garlic, Tomato and Lemon, No-Bake Chocolate Pots de Crème with Orange Whipped Cream, and you have a fabulous, cozy meal to share on a quiet evening.
The Gatherings cookbook by Jan Scott and Julie Van Rosendaal gave me a fresh look on how to successfully plan in advance and change up my recipes to step out of the box and include a different variety of food. It’s a must-have to include on your cookbook shelf!
- 1 Tbsp (15 mL) butter
- 1 Tbsp (15 mL) olive oil
- 2 medium Spanish onions, thinly sliced
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 sprig thyme
- 1 tsp (5 mL) kosher salt
- 1 tsp (5 mL) sugar
- ½ cup (125 mL) red wine
- 1 Tbsp (15 mL) all-purpose flour
- 2 cups (500 mL) beef stock
- salt and pepper
- two–four 1-inch (2.5 cm) thick slices of baguette, toasted
- 2 oz (60 g) aged cheddar or Gruyere cheese, grated
- Melt the butter and olive oil in a stockpot set over medium-high heat. Add the onions, bay leaf, thyme, salt and sugar, and cook, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes or until the onions begin to soften and colour. Reduce the heat to medium and cook for an additional 10–15 minutes, or until the onions are very caramelized.
- Discard the bay leaf and stems from the thyme; pour in the wine, scraping the bottom of the pot as you stir to lift the browned bits from the bottom. Sprinkle the flour over the onions and stir to combine. Cook for 2 minutes. Add the beef stock and bring the soup back up to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for an additional 10 minutes. Taste and season the soup with salt and pepper, if necessary.
- Preheat the broiler. Divide the soup evenly between two oven-safe bowls. Top each serving with a piece or two of bread and half of the grated cheese. Transfer bowls to a rimmed baking sheet and place in the oven. Cook until the cheese is golden brown and bubbly, about 2 minutes.
The #GatheringsBook blog tour!
This week I am participating in the #GatheringsBook blog tour organized by Mardi Michels at EatLiveTravelWrite. Visit the participants’ links below as they will posting reviews and recipes from the Gathering cookbook through the week.
Visit Recipe Geek to read Mardi’s review on the Gatherings cookbook and to enter the Giveaway for a chance to win a copy.
Mardi from eat. live. travel. write. Top tips on entertaining from Gatherings.
Mairlyn Smith chose Gatherings as one of her top new Canadian cookbook picks.
Amy from Family Feedbag has a giveaway!
Jennifer from Seasons and Suppers made pork tenderloin with maple-balsamic cranberry sauce.
Meg from Sweet Twist of Blogging made Peanut Butter Balls
Friday – links will be added when as posts are published
Christina from Strawberries for Supper
Rhonda from Olive and Ruby
Recipe excerpted from Gatherings (Whitecap Books) by Julie Van Rosendaal and Jan Scott
Photo by Julie Van Rosendaal and Jan Scott for Gatherings (Whitecap Books)
I received the Gatherings cookbook free to review for the #GatheringsBook blog tour. I was not paid to write this post and the opinions are mine own.