Posts from the “Dinners” Category

December’s Book Club was all about Sharing

The Menu

Mustard Roasted Broccoli with Leeks and Lemon
Curried Tomato Chickpeas Stew
Wild and Brown Rice Ghee and Lemon
Tossed Salad
Christmas Surprise Cake
White Wine

December’s Book Selection

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows


Everyone contributed to December’s book club meeting both by bringing food or wine and sharing their thoughts about the charming book we read. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society was the prefect book to read in December. With everyone’s hectic schedule we needed an easy read that was on the lighter side. And, this fit the bill. While light and breezy to read it was charming and sweet without being saccharin. The same can be said for our dinner. Read more

Book Club’s Thanksgiving Dinner

The Menu

Orange Farro Beets Salad
Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Grape with Pomegranate Glaze
Indian Spiced Roasted Cauliflower
Cranberry Apple Pie and Ice Cream (not included in the cost per person)
White Wine
$10 per person based on 6 people

November’s Book Selection

The Hare with Amber Eyes, a Hidden Inheritance by Edmund De Waal


Unlike the rest of the United States, Thanksgiving came a week early for the book club. My biggest challenge was preparation. I had to go into the office for about 5 hours before having everyone come to my home at 7. Fortunately, the festive meal while labor intensive had components that could be done the day before, leaving only some slicing, dicing, and roasting the day of the meeting. In a relaxed three hours before everyone arrived, I chopped the cauliflower, toasted the walnuts, peeled the navel oranges, roasted the vegetables, made the glaze, tossed the farro and beet salad and set the table. Read more

Fall Feast for October Book Club Dinner

The Menu

Delicata Squash stuffed with Coconut Curry Swiss Chard and Chickpeas
Lime Forbidden Rice
Apple and Carrot Casserole
Dandelion, Arugula and Radish Salad
Pumpkin Spice Cake (not included in the cost per person)
White Wine
$10 per person based on 6 people

October’s Book Selection

Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese


Most of the ingredients for the meal I had on hand, so when my plans to purchase the produce at the Fall Festival in western mass were foiled it was easy to do my shopping back in New York City on monday before preparing Tuesday’s meal.

Since switching to coconut or grape seed oil when cooking at high temperature instead of olive oil, I’ve wanted to also focus on using coconut milk and planned to incorporate it into my meal for the book club. While in Massachusetts I experimented with making the coconut curry stuffed delicata squash and liking the results decided to prepare it for the discriminating foodies at book club. Read more