Joanie LOVES Bocce, Game 5 – The Elements

May 24, 2008 at 5:46 am (Napa Valley) ()

It was a blustery, warm night.  A night to be remembered and revered.  Joanie Loves Bocce won all three games against our competitors La Dolce Vita.  Oh Sweet, Sweet Victory!  This will garner me 3 (yes 3) silver stars and a gold one for the fabulous casino that Helen Jane and I scored during game 2.  The stars will add a little more flare for my Joanie Jacket.  (The flare always makes the competition a little uneasy!)

The theme this week was The Elements – Earth, Wind, Water, and Fire.  I had a hard time with this one.  There was much discussion and cookbook page flipping.  Finally I decided on Mushroom Bruschetta…which turned out mighty tasty!  Get it, mushrooms are from the earth…and taste earthy.  I even added a sprinkles of green chives for another earth color effect.  I am pretty sure my favorite item that was made was the “Knock the Wind out of You Punch”.  A secret recipe that I know included vodka and stawberries.  Danger, Danger!  I only had 2 glasses because that kind of stuff goes down way too easy during these warm spring nights!

Another bocce snack to add to the repertoire!

Mushroom Bruschetta
2 #     Sliced mushrooms (I used portabellos)
5       Lemons
7 T    Olive Oil 
3      Cloves of Garlice, crushed
1 T   Herbs de Provence
Loaf of rustic bread
Feta Cheese

1.  Heat oven to 350 degrees
2.  Place mushrooms in a large bowl and marinate with lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, herbs de provence and salt and pepper.  Let mushrooms sit in marinade for 20 minutes.
3.  Slice loaf of bread and brush each side with olive oil  Place on baking sheet and cook for 6 minutes on each side.  Set aside.
4.  Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat.  Cook mushrooms until tender (about 20 minutes).
5.  Top each slice of bread with mushrooms.  Sprinkle with feta cheese and chives.



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