Thursday, March 24, 2011

Book Club - March: The Discovery of Trixie!

This post is to honor the Book Club's newest (and cutest) member:
Miss Beatrix Starlyte Stuppi! 

Trixie and Anna welcomed us into their home for another great book club evening. We discussed The Discovery of Witches, of which 4 of the 6 of us finished! (The 5th person says she'll still finish it, and the 6th person, well . . . she's kinda busy . . . ;-)
Overall, people liked the book and would recommend it to a friend. Though I think I may have liked it the least out of everyone . . . I'm so picky! The main character, Diana just drove me bonkers!! Luckily, we were able to cast appropriate actors and actresses for the film so, if the author would like to know who we've selected, please contact us and we'll fill you in.

Our food theme was, FRENCH cuisine! Our plates were peppered with many forms of carbs and dairy products with a shock of veggies to round it out. Cheeses, bread, quiche, mac & cheese a la Whole Foods, Niciose Salad and homemade chocolate mouse!! Oo La La! A very tasty meal indeed! For those of you who would like to make the dressing from the Nicoise, here's the recipe:
1/4 cup red-wine vinegar (I used closer to 1/3 cup)
2 1/2 tablespoons minced shallot
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1 large garlic clove, minced and mashed to a paste with 1/2 teaspoon salt
Rounded 1/2 teaspoon anchovy paste (I skipped this to make it Vegetarian)
1 cup extra-virgin olive oil (I used about 3/4 cup, or a bit less)
1 1/2 teaspoons minced fresh thyme
1 1/2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh basil
Whisk together vinegar, shallot, mustard, garlic paste, and anchovy paste in a small bowl until combined well, then add oil in a slow stream, whisking until emulsified. Whisk in thyme, basil, and salt and pepper to taste.
April 20th at Teresa's House. 6:00pm? or was it 7:00?
Happy reading!

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