by Ashley Mouldon
Mexican food is one of my all-time favorites and I’m lucky to live in a community where there are multiple places to choose from. As much as I love the cuisine, I have never been one to celebrate Cinco de Mayo and indulge in various Mexican favorites all at once – until now!
This month, the Community Supper Club’s theme was none other than Cinco de Mayo and the group shared tasty dishes that made me love the food even more. Between the chicken tamales and salsa verde to a healthy punch with brown rice and pinto beans, dinner was served in style and for good reason. We were also lucky to have a few margaritas experts who shared their cocktail knowledge and made drinks for everyone good enough for a Sunday night. And we can’t forget dessert that the host made: bananas foster; a hit with the group and something I had never tried!
As much as I enjoyed the food, it was really the conversation that was the highlight of this month’s Supper Club. It was a smaller group this time, but that didn’t stop the discussions from flowing. As I sat back, taking in the topics ranging from the Rainier Road Diet to new restaurants opening up later this summer, I was remembering one of the reasons I started the Supper Club: to meet others in my neighborhood who, too, enjoyed sharing a meal and conversation.
This month, there were returning Supper Club diners, but new people as well, who jumped right in. I think that’s part of the beauty of a club like this: people can come and go each month as they want, knowing there will always be people there to keep the cooking and conversation going. When new diners join, we all already have a common interest already – cooking – it’s easy to feel like you belong and are in the right place.
As the night continued on and the conversation changed between breweries to house renovations, I smiled to myself knowing that I helped play a part in creating a community group open to anyone, any food and anything to talk about.
We are looking for new Supper Club members! For information about future dinners and to get involved, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
May’s Featured Recipe:
Easy Corn Salsa
PREP TIME: 15 minutes
1 – 15-ounce can of yellow corn
2 fresh jalapenos, chopped
1/2 white onion, chopped
1 tomato, chopped
1 tbs fresh cilantro, chopped
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp cumin
Salt and pepper to taste
1. In a bowl combine all ingredients, add salt and pepper to taste
This recipe is easily adjusted to suit tastes, including making it more spicy or mild. Add-ins include avocado, bell peppers and green onions.