Tailgait Dinner Party and U2 Concert




I can still hear the sounds of the concert buzzing through my head today, the morning after we went with friends to see U2 in Charlottesville…

“It’s not a hill it’s a mountain” from” I’ll go crazy if I don’t go crazy tonight”—Bono’s voice and The Edge still crisp in my ears…

Before the concert began we set up a tailgait dinner party, which we have done in the past, and I have to say that these supper club “field trips” are some of the best evenings we’ve had together. With a few hours before the concert started, we enjoyed a few glasses of wine and had a picnic dinner before heading in to the show.


The evenings are beginning to feel more like fall–the air has a little bit of a chill, and the sun sits a little lower these days. It was a beautiful night to enjoy good food with friends.


Toasted Cashews with Rosemary and Shallots

—-I like to make these during the fall, and especially around the holidays when you want a little something to put in a bowl for nibbling when friends stop by.

5 cups cashews

1 tablespoon olive oil

2 small shallots, peeled

3 cloves garlic, peeled, sliced thin

2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

1/4 cup chopped fresh rosemary

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1 tablespoon dark brown sugar

1/2 tablespoon Kosher salt

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Spread cashews out in a single layer on large baking sheet. Toast until the nuts are golden and fragrant, 8 to 12 minutes. Transfer the nuts to a large bowl, and set aside. Thinly slice shallots crosswise Β and separate into rings. Heat the olive oil in a small skillet over medium heat. Add the shallots and garlic; fry until golden, 3 to 5 minutes. Transfer the shallots and garlic to paper towel lined plate; set aside.

Add melted butter, shallots, garlic, rosemary, cayenne, brown sugar, and salt to bowl with toasted cashews, tossing well to coat with mixture. Serve warm, or at room temperature.

Makes 5 cups


Turkey, Arugula, Red Onion Jam, and Blue Cheese Sandwiches


1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

1/2 tablespoon minced shallots

1 clove garlic, mined

2 teaspoons sugar

2 teaspoons Dijon mustard

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspon pepper

Whisk all ingredients together in a small bowl.

8 small crusty rolls, sliced in half

1 pound oven roasted turkey breast, thinly sliced

2 cups arugula leaves

3 ounces blue cheese (I’m a big fan of Point Reyes blue), crumbled

3/4 cup red onion jam

Open sandwich roll and place 2-3 slices of turkey on bottom half of roll. Spoon about 1 1/2 tablespoons of the red onion jam over the turkey. Add a few leaves of arugula, sprinkle with blue cheese, and add a drizzle of dressing.

8 servings


Off to the concert—-and what a show it was! We sat in the red zone, inner circle surrounding the stage. —Proceeds from these tickets go to U2 endorsed charities–definitely worth the price of admission, and feels good to know our enjoyment of the concert helped those in need.


For a look at last night’s show, visit thie link here Β http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YZpUTeDfLN8&feature=youtube_gdata


18 thoughts on “Tailgait Dinner Party and U2 Concert”

  1. Trent–
    Yes, I used roasted cashews for this recipe. —Hope you will try them! Happy weekend—Debi

  2. Tailgate and U2 in the same sentence… I was curious πŸ™‚ The last time I saw U2 was in 1985, Unforgettable Fire tour, I think. So yes, I’m old, and I’m also jealous. Just to clarify, I was only 14 in 1985, so not *that* old πŸ˜‰

    Really great pics, the food looks delish. Thanks for posting :

  3. Wow, what nice tailgate food! I’m really digging those cashews, might have to tuck that recipe away for the next time I have company! A bowl of those sitting out would be gone in no time!

  4. I’m guessing you add the shallots and garlic when you mix everything at the end. You talk about the butter and spices but not the others.

  5. Mary,
    Yes, the shallots and garlic are are added with the other ingredients following the butter. I have adjusted the recipe—hope you give them a try and enjoy them!

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