Tuesday, October 16, 2012

October Meeting Plans

Meeting will be on Friday, October 26th
Book - Knitting by Ann Bartlett

  • Chicken chili - Karen
  • Salad & paper goods - Julie
  • Shredded cheese, bread - Kym 
  • Cornmeal muffins - Sue
  • Raspberry Pie - Holly

September Meeting

September 28th Meeting - Childhood Theme

Book - A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L'Engle
Each person brought a favorite book from childhood.  We tried to guess who brought which one.
Food was childhood favorites or just something we liked. 

Thursday, September 13, 2012

September Meeting Plans

September is our "Back to School/Childhood" Themed book group.  We will read A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L'Engle and bring a favorite book from childhood to share.  Meeting day is September 28th, 5pm.

Tomato soup - Bonnie
Bread - Karen
Mac & Cheese - Kim

Monday, August 20, 2012

August Meeting Plans

The August meeting is set for Friday, August 24th, 5pm.  The book will be, the Secret Life of Bess by Sue Monk Kidd.

Grill - each person bring something they would like grilled.  Such as if you want a burger or pork chop or what ever you want for your protein.

We can each bring something to add to the meal. 
Patty - something sweet to finish with and wine. 
Sherin - pasta salad
Cheryl & Karen - broccoli salad, apple pie, wine

email the book club group on what you will be bringing.

  • Patty
  • Sherin
  • Karen
  • Cheryl
  • Karen

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

July Meeting

Our July meeting was on July 27th, discussing Angry Housewives Eating Bonbons by Lorna Landvik.  Most enjoyed the book, and agreed that it was a nice summer read.  Not a lot of meat to it like others we've read, but good.

Food was apps and deserts with lots of yummy food as usual.  

We also discussed upcoming meetings and books and meetings:

August 24th - The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

September 28th - Back to school theme, A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L'Engle, also bring a favorite book from childhood and share about it.  (there are many editions of this book, the link is just one of them)

October 26th - Knitting by Anne Bartlett.  This one isn't on Kindle, but it is on audio

November 30th - Charlie St. Cloud by Ben Sherwood.  Facilitator - Sherrin

December 28th - party and movie?

We still need facilitators for Aug, Sept, Oct, so email the group when you know what month you'd like to do.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

June Meeting

We had our June meeting on July 6th.  Karen hosted the group for some pre-knitting time since the shop was closed, dinner and general discussion. Since there were only 5-6 there, we decided to postpone the discussion of Angry Housewives to the August meeting.

The dinner was BBQ pork with yummy sides and a fantastic strawberry pie. 

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

May Meeting

Our May meeting was on Friday, June 1st. 
Book - One Good Dog by Susan Wilson
Food - ribs, baked beans, salad, corn bread, mashed potatoes, pie, banana bread, doggie bag cookies, etc.
9 attending

June meeting date was changed to July 6th at Karen's house since the shop will be closed.  Check your emails for directions, or contact one of the members.  The book will be Angry Housewives Eating Bonbons by Lorna Landvik. 

Thursday, May 24, 2012

May Meeting Plans

The May meeting will be June 1st
Book - One Good Dog by Susan Wilson
Facilitator: Patty

Please bring, if you want to share, a story about one of your experiences with a pet or someone's pet.  Write it down.  Bring a picture if you have one.


Main Dishes:
Ribs to grill.  Bring a favorite sauce if you have one - Patty

Baked Beans - Karen
Green Salad - Holly
Garlic mashed potatoes - Nancy
Dorothy - Corn bread


Humble Pie - Julie

Sunday, May 6, 2012

BEST EVER Baked Potato Soup

BEST EVER Baked Potato Soup

Makes 8-10 servings
2/3 cup butter, cubed
2/3 cup all-purpose flour
7 cups whole milk (I use all the whole 1/2 gallon)
4 large RED potatoes, Baked, cooled, peeled & cubed. (I have even micro-waved them)
4 onion greens, sliced
1/2 teaspoon pepper (I also add cayenne pepper)
1 pound bacon strips cooked and crumbled
1 1/4 cups shredded cheddar cheese (I used 2 cups)
1 cup (8 oz) sour cream
3/4 teaspoon salt

In a Dutch oven kettle melt butter, stir in flour until smooth. Gradually add milk till thick, bring to a boil,
stirring constantly. Reduce heat, simmer uncovered for 10 minutes.

Add bacon, cheese, sour cream, salt, peppers. Stir in potatoes.

From: Kym

Double-Cheese Macaroni

Double-Cheese Macaroni

Makes 12 servings (1 cup each)

1 pkg (16 oz) elbow macaroni
3 cups (24 oz) 4% cottage cheese
1/2 cup butter, cubed
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon white pepper
1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
3 cups half-and-half cream
1 cup 2% milk
4 cups (16 oz) shredded cheddar cheese

1 cup dry bread crumbs
1/4 cup butter, melted

1) Cook macaroni according to the pkg directions.
2) Place cottage cheese in a food processor/blender and process until smooth. Set aside.
3) In a large saucepan, melt butter. Stir in the flour, salt, pepper and garlic salt until smooth.  Gradually add cream and milk. Bring to a boil, cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.
4) Drain macaroni, transfer to a large bowl. Add the cheddar cheese, cottage cheese and white sauce, toss to coat. Transfer to a greased 13 x 9 baking pan. (DISH WILL BE FULL) Combine bread crumbs and butter, sprinkle of the top.
5) Bake uncovered at 400 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until bubbly.

From: Kym

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Toum (Garlic Sauce)

Toum (Lebanese garlic spread)


1 cup peeled, fresh garlic cloves (refrigerate 1 day before making)
1 Tablespoon salt (we use sea salt with parsley in it) or you can use regular salt and 1 tsp dried parsley)
2 Tablespoons dried mint
3 cups of Mazola oil (refrigerate 1 day before making) (we’ve been using half Mazola and half olive oil)
½ cup lemon juice (refrigerate 1 day before making)

Place the peeled garlic in a blender or food processor. (I use a food processor).

Sprinkle the salt, parsley, and mint over the garlic.

Begin chopping the garlic with the processor, adding the lemon juice, a little at a time until the chopped cloves are blended.

Begin adding the cold Mazola oil a little at a time. If necessary, stop processor and push the chopped garlic from the sides of the container.

The desired thickness is like mayonnaise.

Very Important:

*The key to the garlic sauce is beginning with cold ingredients – garlic cloves, Mazola, and lemon juice. If they are not chilled, it will not thicken.

The hotness of the garlic sauce depends on the life of the garlic, and you have no control over this. Sometimes it is mild and sometimes hot.

From: Karen

Oriental Cabbage Salad

Oriental Cabbage Salad

1 pkg. cut cabbage (1 lb) or 1 medium head of cabbage if cutting your own
4 green onions, sliced
1 pkg Ramen Noodles – crumble up; don’t cook
(doesn’t really matter which flavor you use)
1 T. Sesame seeds (I don’t usually use these)
½ cup slivered almonds
Toast sesame seeds (if using) and almonds at 350 degrees for 10 min
(watch closely; they are easy to burn)
1/2 cup oil
3 T. vinegar
salt & pepper
Seasoning packet from Ramen Noodle package

Mix oil, vinegar, and seasonings together

Just before serving, add noodles and almonds to cabbage and green onions,
pour vinegar mixture over the cabbage mixture and toss.

From: Karen

April Meeting

April 27th Meeting
Book discussed - The Dirty Life by Kristin Kimball
Food: Kabobs, soup, salad, bread, deviled eggs, strawberry pie, blueberry bars, etc. 
11 attended

Possible new name for group: Eat, Knit, Eat (Read) because it's really just an excuse to eat good food.
Recipes will be added here soon.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

April Meeting Plans

April 27th Book Club Meeting
Book: The Dirty Life by Kristin Kimball
Each person brings a discussion point - can be a question, some research, a project, a story, whatever you can think up!

Kabob steak meat - Patty
Mushrooms, peppers, etc. for kabobs - Bonnie
Kabob veggies - Julie

Something with straberries - Sue
Tossed salad - Karen
Bread - Kim
Dessert - Dorothy
Deviled eggs and rhubarb sauce - Holly

Friday, March 30, 2012

March Meeting

Our March meeting was on the 30th, discussion American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld.
Food was non-meat with cheese fondue, chocolate fondue, macaroni & cheese, salads and lots of good things to dip.

We also decided on the future books through summer:
April 27 - The Dirty Life by Kristin Kimball
May 18 - One Good Dog by Susan Wilson
June 22 - Angry Housewives Eating Bonbons by Lorna Landvik
July 27 - Illusion by Frank Peretti
August - The Autobigraphy of Mrs. Tom Thumb by Melanie Benjamin
Septemeber - Bring a favorite book from childhood to share (from the "deep" discussion of the Giving Tree)

December or sometime in winter - movie night at the yarn shop.  Suggested movie - New in Town

Another fun night with good food and discussion!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

March Meeting Update

March 30th is our next meeting.  We will discuss "American Wife" by Curtis Sittenfield.

Everyone should bring:
  • A discussion point, or something to share about the book.  Can be a question, some research, a project, whatever.
  • Food to Share
  • Book recommendations for the next few months.
 Because of Lent, we are doing a salad style meal:

  • Patty – cheese fondue with some things to dip in it
  • Sherrin – chocolate fondue with some things to dip in it
  • Karen – Oriental Cabbage Slaw
  • Julie - salad 
  • Kim - hot noodle dish 
  • Dawn - dessert & potato chips for dipping


Friday, January 27, 2012

February 2012 Meeting

The Space Between Us by Thrity Umigar
Food: Buttered chicken, rice, etc.

Janaury 2012 Meeting

Casting Off by Nicole Dickerson
Food: Irish Stew, et al
Call in via skype from author, everyone made something
Themes: knitting, Irish, romance