Virtual Supper Club: Regional Cuisine

August 6, 2009 | By | Comments (10)

0908-key-lime-pie-aggie-siz This month's Virtual Supper Club theme is regional cuisine. Our reader-bloggers decided to pick a menu that highlighted favorite foods of their native regions, but came together well as a menu. Quite a challenge, we thought, considering their diverse geographies. Well, they pulled it off with a winning menu that we hope you'll consider trying.

Make sure to visit their blogs to read more about our members' recipes and regions. And especially to see their delicious-looking food photography, like the Key Lime Pie above, prepared, styles, and photographed by Aggie. Don't you just want to lick the screen? We love photos like this, because it shows that our recipes really do look scrumptious even when a professional stylist and photographer aren't present to work their magic.

Regional Cuisine Menu

Bruschetta with Peach Salsa and Melted Brie — Val (British Columbia)
"Along the occasionally rugged roads of the Okangan Valley, in the interior of British Columbia, there are countless seasonal farm stands selling fresh peaches and other fruits, and pies. Here you can also sample great wines and artisan cheeses produced in the valley."

Spinach Salad with Maple-Dijon Vinaigrette — Hélène (Quebec)
"My parents had friends that had a sugar shack and helped during the spring to
make maple syrup.  We always had real maple syrup on our table all year long."

Pan-Seared Shrimp Po-boys — Jamie (Northwest FL)
"I wanted to showcase shrimp that comes from the Gulf of Mexico. In Pensacola, we are about 3 hours from New Orleans, Louisiana, which has a great effect on our local cuisine. These sublime sandwiches are a well-known New Orleans dish."

Key Lime Pie — Aggie (Central Florida)
"I have lived near the ocean for most of my life and prefer the more laid back lifestyle of beach living. Key Lime Pie always takes me there no matter where I am."

Double Maple Cupcakes — Shelby (Upstate New York)
"One of my favorite things I remember doing with the syrup would be dipping my
mom's homemade fry cake donuts in the syrup and then eating them. I even
remember pouring maple syrup on my cereal to sweeten!"


Join the club! If you're a food blogger and want to join the fun, send us an email or leave a comment here with a link to your blog. We'd like to welcome our newest honorary members:

Mary Ann of Meet Me in the Kitchen: A non-Southerner who lives in Atlanta with her Southern-born husband, she brings to our (virtual) table a Cooking Light spin on a Southern classic: Oven-Fried Okra.

Sharon of Culinary Adventures of a New Wife: A new bride and avid home cook in San Diego, she brings Coconut Banana Bread with a Boozy Twist. This is her riff on our Coconut Banana Bread with Lime Glaze, which was voted the best quick bread in Cooking Light's history.

Pamela of Cookies with Boys: A SAHM of two and a lover of cookies, Pamela brings Cheddar Burgers with Red Onion Jam from our July issue.

September theme: Light lunches (Sept. 3)


  1. Biz

    Cooking Light was the first food magazine I ever subscribed to (now I subscribe to just about all!) but CL is the one that I read cover to cover each month – its a happy day when its in my mailbox!
    Would love to join!

    August 13, 2009 at 12:41 pm
  2. pamela

    I would love to join the Virtual Supper Club! I enjoy so many CL recipes and would love to be part of the fun!

    August 7, 2009 at 2:09 pm
  3. Kim

    Thanks everyone. I loved seeing your photos and reading your posts. This exercise makes me hungry!

    August 7, 2009 at 10:16 am
  4. Lisa

    Great job ladies! Love the meal. I would love to join if you have the room.

    August 7, 2009 at 8:32 am
  5. Hélène

    Love this post Kim. Thanks a lot. Welcome to Mary Ann. You did a great dish for this month theme.

    August 6, 2009 at 10:00 pm
  6. Bellini Valli

    I would love to see nore people involved and get to know more about the regions in which they live. Great post Kim and welcome Mary Ann!!

    August 6, 2009 at 9:52 pm
  7. Shelby aka HoneyB

    Mare! Your okra looks delicious! Welcome!

    August 6, 2009 at 8:39 pm
  8. Jamie

    Welcome Mary Ann! I’ll have to check out your okra dish. I’m glad you submitted a recipe.

    August 6, 2009 at 8:12 pm
  9. Mary Ann

    Everything looked really great and how exciting that I got a mention. Thanks!

    August 6, 2009 at 7:53 pm
  10. Aggie

    Great post Kim!! Thank you! 🙂 Welcome to the group Mary Ann! I was eyeing that okra on your blog today…love it!

    August 6, 2009 at 7:19 pm

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