Truffle Dinner – Menu and Recipes
This dinner came about because my husband and I wanted to taste truffles.
We went to an expensive truffle dinner at a local Portland restaurant and we were very disappointed in their menu. They overcooked the risotto (it was dry and not creamy) and they barely put any truffles on it (not enough to taste or even smell).
We decided, then and there, that we must purchase some truffles. In Oregon, where I live, we have our native white and black truffles that are outstanding and not as expensive as the European truffles. We invited some “foodie” friends over to enjoy this fantastic dinner with us.
Learn more about Oregon Truffles.
1st Course – Appetizer:
Truffle Custards with Crab and Caviar
Can be garnished with either thin slices of black truffles or some caviar. This custard make an delicious and so gourmet appetizer or first course to start off the meal.
2nd Course – Soup:
Poached Garlic Soup – Garnished with minced black truffles – Served with Toasted Garlic-Butter Bread
This Poached Garlic Soups is a definite ten rating. Your guests will never believe how much garlic there is in this soup. After the garlic has been cooked slowly, it loses its harsh rawness and becomes delicate and refined. It is hard to say exactly how or at what stage this happens – it is one of those mysteries which makes cooking so fascinating!
3rd Course – Salad:
Mixed Greens with Truffle Oil Dressing
This salad is a wonderful gastronomic experience. The truffle oil provides a new meaning to salads as there is something about the smell that makes you want to throw aside your fork and eat the salad with your fingers!
4th Course – Palate Cleanser:
This fantastic Lavender Sorbet is a very delicate and clear looking sorbet for that special dinner. I have made and served this sorbet at many of my dinner parties.
5th Course – Pasta:
Linguine with Black Truffles
Wait until you try this exceptional Linguine with Black Truffles dish with the wild, earthy flavor of the truffles. The truffle odor is intoxicating!
6th Course – Dessert:
Spiced Poached Pears
These Spiced Poached Pears are a very light and refreshing dessert! It is beautiful, elegant, delicious, and fat-free! Except chocolate, what more could you want?
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Golden Rules of Food Safety
IF IN DOUBT, THROW IT OUT! If you have any question in your mind about the freshness or safety of eating a food product, throw it out. It is better to be safe than sorry!
Picnic Safety Tips
There is nothing more American than the picnic. Picnics can take on many forms, such as the community picnic, friends and neighbors, tailgate parties, or ball games. There is also one sure thing at every picnic-lots of good food.
The important point is to have safe and healthy food, not food that can cause food borne illness. Always prepare and store food properly.
Summer Safety Tips
Summer is the time for barbecues and picnics. The biggest party crasher at summer picnic and buffets is food borne bacteria. You can’t see them and you can’t taste them, but you sure can feel them if illness occurs hours or days later.
The biggest party crasher at summer picnic and buffets is food borne bacteria. You can’t see them and you can’t taste them, but you sure can feel them if illness occurs hours or days later.