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Supper Club and a kink in our plans

August 20, 2016
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Our group of friends have been hosting each other off and on for over 24 years of supper club. We have not been as regular as we were in the beginning, but we still have several dinners every year. Tonight it was our turn to host, and Clay and I have been planning the menu and getting things prepped all week.  We are not as freaked out about it as we were in the beginning when we would cook for days to get ready, but now we sort of have it down to a science. Our menu ended up as:

Supper Club at the Carson’s
August 20, 2016

Greek 7 Layer Dip
Roasted Eggplant Dip

Caprese Panzanella Salad

Smoked Ribeye
Mashed Potatoes
Roasted Mushrooms
Grilled Summer Vegetables

Peach Trifle

I got up early and made a run to the farmers market to get fresh ingredients that I didn’t grow. Since it was raining, I went to the covered River Market.  I bought a lot more than what I needed for tonight.  I found fresh ginger and some other unusual Asian items that I will use later this week. farmers market aug16 (1) ginger fresh farmers market aug.16

I also bought squash, tomatoes and peaches that we needed for our meal.  We tried to go with a fresh foods type of meal. Clay was busy cooking his angel food cake for a fresh peach trifle when I got home, and all morning we tagged team the kitchen.  I roasted vegetables from the garden for a spicy roasted eggplant dipsupper club aug20 (2) and we made a fresh marinade of herbs from the garden to put on the rib eye and wrapped it and put it in the fridge and I pre-made the garlic mashed potatoes and sliced the veggies and marinated them to grill if the rain stopped.  Clay put the finishing touch on his fresh peach trifle supper club aug20 (4)and was going to run some errands, so I was getting the kitchen back to finish my dishes.  All of a sudden, Clay did not feel good. He decided to delay leaving to run his errands. When I saw he was still home, he had turned beet red and felt worse, so we assumed he was having another allergic reaction of some kind–he had two other episodes in the past 9 years, and this mimicked it. I ran to get some Benadryl and by the time I was back with the pills and water, he was passing out–his eyes rolling back into his head. It was scary, but I called 911 and got 2 Benadryl down him in the interim. When the fire department arrived, he was still pretty out of it, and very disoriented with low blood pressure. We made the decision to go to the hospital and he went by ambulance. clay mems aug 16 Once there, they filled him with fluids, did an ekg and by then, he was back to normal.  The doctors are not sure what he has, but he was just cleared by a cardiologist last week, so now it is back to his primary care doc. The doctors in the ER at UAMS were great and told us to go home and have our dinner party!  I was all for waiting a day, but Clay wanted to do it tonight, so after a two-hour stint (amazingly fast–that is what a ride in an ambulance will do) we were home and hustling to get dinner ready.  We walked in the door at 4 and were serving appetizers at 6!   A few things got left off of the original menu, but what you see above, is what we served.

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Clay feels fine and although I was a bit frazzled at the beginning of the evening, we pulled it off and had a great visit with friends, and things tasted pretty good!  There were not a lot of leftovers–and Clay still feels good!

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. August 20, 2016 10:52 pm

    The menu for the dinner party was very appetizing and the food looked tasty & delicious. We moved to Jonesboro almost 2 years ago so I may approach the idea of a supper club with the new friends we have made.. Enjoy your blog and hope Clay is still OK!

  2. August 21, 2016 4:21 pm

    All’s well that end’s well, but what a fright in the meantime! So glad it turned out well.

  3. Diane Fagan permalink
    August 21, 2016 5:59 pm

    Oh, my goodness! What a story! Janet, thank you for coming to our 25th birthday party. You have such a busy life! I am thankful all worked out for you here and at home.

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