We met at my house and all were here except for Michelle. Summer is proving a difficult time to get together for us busy ladies!
We began our gathering with raspberry lemonade margaritas. Yum! These are a pitcher cocktail recipe which is my favorite kind to make. I like to prepare a big batch and be done with it. These were tangy and not overly sweet.
Mary made a delicious onion jam which she used on a crostini as our appetizer. She baked french bread that was lightly coated with butter until crisp. After cooled she spread it with goat cheese, a basil leaf and the onion jam. This was so delicious and elegant! The jam is sweet and the mild goat cheese and fresh basil leaf really blend together nicely.
Tonya made a jicama salad that featured pepitas, or pumpkin seeds, and Mexican cheese. You can use any type of greens from butter lettuce to spinach as the toppings and dressing are the highlight of the salad.
The main dish was southwestern egg rolls with homemade salsa. I have never made egg rolls before and the thought of making them seemed to be quite intimidating. This recipe comes with a video that demonstrates how to roll up the egg rolls and it is actually very simple. You also bake the rolls which is so much easier than frying. Not to mention less mess and healthier.
The salsa is out of this world good and could not be easier since it comes together in the food processor. Each bite of egg roll was dipped in the salsa and the salsa cools down the hot egg rolls. These were so tasty that I look forward to making other flavors.
Our dessert was prepared by Angelica and she used won ton wrappers which are very similar to egg roll wrappers. She also baked these instead of frying. The crispy wrapper is filled with cream cheese and covered with a fresh strawberry sauce. The sauce has just a little amount of sugar which allows the natural sweetness of the berries to shine through.
We had a special treat - a second dessert! Tonya brought us these delicious cupcakes from a bakery near her home after Mary requested her to bring a dozen to share. It was an imitation of the cake from the Royal Wedding and featured lemon and elder flowers with delicious frosting.