Happy Friday everyone! Last night's book club meeting and dinner here at the house went off without a hitch. Ok, I got one tiny knife cut, but nothing got burned and no one got sick (that I know of). Yay, me! Anyway, it's late right now as I write this, and I'm pooped. I'll be back later on Friday with a full recap, and our book selection. Meet you back here for happy hour?
PS~Those two photos above were my tablescape inspiration for last night's dinner party. Aren't they lovely?
Update: I'm back. It's happy hour somewhere, right? I just wanted to share a few photos from last night ...
Of course, I now wish I had taken more photos. However, between setting the table, prepping, cooking, and trying not to cut myself, I had all that I could handle [smile].
Since having Thomas Keller's bib lettuce salad at Bouchon last week, I've been craving it, and so I took a stab at recreating its goodness. The photo above was the one I had at Bouchon. Mine came out a little less beautiful, but still tasty, I think. I probably have a few more stabs at it before I'm thoroughly satisfied with the outcome. Also on the menu, all of my fall favorites were represented, including: this turkey loaf (is there a better name for this dish?), Ina Garten's caramelized butternut squash, and roasted brussels sprouts (call me, maybe, if you want the recipe). The highlight of the evening came at the end of the meal in way of those hi-tops from Frosted Cupcakery. Each one is half the size of a full cupcake, which means you can have two.
And, now, what you've all been waiting for ... We selected The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe as our next book. All the members of our book club have a son(s) in their life, so the mother/son theme in this book really resonated with us. (Thanks again, Erin.)
So, that's it, you guys. I did it! I have a little book club hangover right now. Not from libations, but from all the fun of planning and hosting this event. I really had a great time. There's something very therapeutic about planning, preparing, feeding, and sharing a meal with good friends. I'm ready for another one. Are you in?
So, what's on the agenda this weekend? Will you be sharing a meal with special people?
Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!