Feeling Babette-ish....

Now that I am a church cook, I rarely get to prepare fancy, schmancy party foods. So I look forward to October each year, when I can re-live my catering days and feel like Babette preparing a feast for my dearest friends.
The cool October days in Savannah are so welcoming. And the weather couldn't be prettier to sit out on their front porch. Here are some photos of what we enjoyed this past weekend.

Crab Rangoon served with red chili sauce

Arugula and Edamame Crostini (recipe by Jenna Hall, Tasty Kitchen Member)

Ahi Tuna Bites

Beef Tenderloin grilled on TEC infrared grill. Yep, this grill is amazing. I'll come up with any excuse just to grill something on this awesome thing.
And so my host friend and I did! Veggies for the Israeli couscous salad...

And the asparagus to toss with hazelnut vinaigrette.

And this scary looking salmon. But it sure tasted great.

Twice Baked Potatoes

Israeli Couscous with grilled vegetables.

And for dessert, my friend made her famous key lime and coconut cream pies. I am kicking myself for not taking the photos of them!

Sorry to make you drool. But I had to share. 'Cause it may not be until next October when I can feel like Babette again.

Dinner Party Menu for 24

Crab Rangoon with Red Chili Sauce
Ahi Tuna Bites
Arugula and Edamame Crostini

Main Buffet
Beef Tenderloin with Horseradish Cream
Poached Whole Salmon with Creamy Dill Sauce
Barbie's Yeast Rolls
Israeli Couscous with Grilled Vegetables
Grilled Asparagus with Hazelnut Vinaigrette
Twice Baked Potatoes

Coconut Cream and Key Lime Pies


  1. Love it all. The tuna bites look scrumptious. And even like your "scary looking" salmon! -julie

  2. i love twice baked potatoes :) i need to make some this week, as i actually have cheddar cheese on hand (it's more rare here)

  3. I loved it all but the fish,, not a fan with the head on.I live healthy sense of " MY HEAD is buried in the sand", I try not to associate the head with my meal!You have such a wonderful repertoire of recipes.

  4. All of your dishes look wonderful and I love salmon dish.

  5. Mmmm, it all looks great! And speaking of Babette, my husband and I finally got around to watching that movie for the first time a couple months ago. Loved it. =)

  6. You are a wonder!! Such beautiful food served beautifully - write a book!
    Mary x

  7. Oh I love Babette's Feast! Such a great movie.

    Everything on your menu looks fantastic! I am sure your guests were delighted. The care that you took to prepare the salmon for presentation, oh my! How fun to get to indulge in the creative little details. Those ahi bites also caught my eye. How did you get the arugula leaves to stick up in such a cute way? And is that a topping of roe and mayo?

    Lovely lovely...and the idea of a meal on the porch sounds heavenly! Thanks for letting us celebrate with you through this post. :)

  8. Thank you, Julie, Melissa, Heather, Nancy, Jenna, & Mary!
    @Laurie, I know what you mean about the fish head, particularly this fellow had a mean look on his face. ;)
    @Erica, I used the sour cream and wasabi to glue the little arugula leaves...he-he.

  9. An amazing offering, Kay! looks delish.

    btw, I've sent you an email to your gmail account about the trifolate oranges... let me know on that - season is almost over

  10. You have just reminded me that it has been years since I've watched Babette's Feast, one of my favorite movies of all time. This looks absolutely incredible. Crab Rangoon for me, please!

  11. What an amazing feast! I know everyone must have loved the food! Your pictures of the food and table settings are so beautiful-- it looks like it was a wonderful time!

  12. The Crab Rangoon looks great! I think I'll pass on the fish head and go straight for the dessert.

    God bless and have a great weekend! :-)

  13. Babette-ish indeed!!

    Everything, as usual, looks beautiful. And your photos, stunning. Even with the fish-head! But that's more the fish than the photo to gives me the willies. haha

    Kay, what lens do you use for all of your food photos? I keep hearing 50mm f/1.8 is the way to go. I'd love your insight :) ~Megan

  14. This all looks delicious and the decorations are just gorgeous!

  15. We saw Babette's Feast years ago, and really enjoyed it! Everything you make looks like a feast to me!