LUCY BURDETTE: You may have heard me say that my husband and I belong to a supper club with five other couples. Every 6 to 8 weeks, we make a date to get together for dinner. The hosts provide the main dish (meat, fish, chicken, etc) and the others provide some designated part of the dinner. It's a good way to ensure we all see each other, without burdening anyone with too much entertaining. We had a dinner recently in the middle of a very busy stretch for me. My hub and I were designated the appetizer crew and I had big plans to marinate a lot of vegetables and make some wonderful dips, too.
As can happen, I simply didn't have time to cook. I considered a platter of cheese and crackers--boring! Instead I went to one of my favorite farm shops and the farmer's market, and here's what I came up with.
Isn't it pretty? I'm going to list the ingredients for you, but the point is, there are a million ways to make this and none of them are wrong!
1 pint fresh figs
4 to 5 carrots
Kalamata or other olives
Stick of good salami
Purchased dip (Mine was a pesto/feta dip from the farmer's market)
Wash the figs and cut them in half lengthwise. Peel the carrots and cut them into sticks. Slice the cheese and meat into bite-sized pieces. That's it! Arrange everything on a pretty plate and serve with a basket of your favorite crackers.
Just for fun, here are a few of the other recipes I've made for supper club:
Grilled skewers of shrimp and sausage with grits
David Lebovitz's French Onion and Olive flatbread
Pomegranate, Olive, and Walnut salad
Pimento cheese, two ways
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