A few months ago, some friends and I started a book club, and last night was our third meeting which I hosted this time. We're an informal group of book clubbers, usually chatting more about what's going on in our lives than the book; book club is really just an excuse to get together for some girly talk, wine and a relaxing dinner! But I love the books, too, and it motivates me to read, something I used to do a lot of, but don't make as much time for in the past few years.
This month we read "Not My Daughter", by Barbara Delinsky. She's one of my favorite authors, and there's always a character or a story line that I can completely relate to. This book is no different; even though I'm not a mom, I appreciate the insight into family life, difficult choices and that there is no perfect answer on how to be a good parent. To my pregnant, soon to be mom friends from the book club, and to my sister, who is a month away from having her third beautiful daughter, you're going to be awesome! :)
Since it was my first time to host, I wanted to make a fun meal that tied to the book in a way, but found that challenging since this book didn't have any strong "food themes" other than a Thanksgiving meal, so seeing how it's July and 90 degrees out, I needed a different plan. (The first book we read in April or May was "The Help", and we happily ate fried chicken, biscuits and chocolate pie--if you've read the book, you'll know the joke about the pie...).
In "Not My Daughter", the ladies own a business that creates colors for the yarn that they dye and sell; the main character, Susan, is also described as having a "fuchsia heart", what her mother blames for Susan's life choices. Heart-shaped cookies would have been too obvious... so with the theme of color throughout the book, I made a really colorful and fresh summer dinner. And also--it's light and healthy! :)
I'll post the recipes over the next few days, so until then, a little sneak peek at what we ate...
- Chicken Salad with Mandarin Oranges Lettuce Wraps
- Cauliflower and Artichoke Greek Salad
- Mini (no-bake) Berries 'n' Cream Tarts
- Strawberry Lemonade
|Chicken Salad with Mandarin Oranges Lettuce Wraps|
|Cauliflower and Artichoke Greek Salad|
|Mini no-bake Berries 'n' Cream Tarts|