Mah Jongg is not just a game. It has become a part of my life that allows me to entertain my Mah Jongg-playing friends, cook great meals to serve to them and test my mental skills during our game play (which, hopefully, is often).
It’s Mah Jongg Wednesday for the OMs and once again it is my turn to host – which I absolutely love doing! A fun menu and lots of fun getting everything ready – tomorrow’s posting will feature the hands we played from the new 2014 card and the next day I will post the recipes from our lunch.
I woke up very early this morning to get things going. I’m making Curried Chicken Salad along with a Watermelon and Arugula Salad for our lunch and then for dessert we’ll have mixed berries with a raspberry sauce and the fabulous biscotti from Grace’s Marketplace.
Since yesterday was my turn to host our weekly Mah Jong game and the weather is going “polar vortex” (a fancy way to say that it is really, really cold!), I decided to serve a true cold weather lunch. Using recipes from the Barefoot Contessa, I made her body-warming Tomato Soup. So easy and so delicious.
I needed something to serve with the soup and then I remembered an episode of Barefoot Contessa on The Food Network in which she had tried many different ways to make grilled cheese sandwiches but had finally come up with what she called “The Ultimate Grilled Cheese.” I thought that would be a perfect complement to the tomato soup so I brought out the panini maker (why I own this I really don’t know – I think I have used it all of once before) and made those sandwiches. Continue reading →