Book Of Clubs

May 22, 2012

Tonight it was my first time hosting our book club!

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Preparatory PB&J quesadilla as an afternoon snack (I was trying to think of something other than cereal, yogurt and fruit to have since I have that nearly everyday for a snack! This was good but didn’t keep me as full as a dairy snack would).

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I had fun playing hostess and getting things all set up before the group arrived

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Matt kindly made pizzas for us all and I was in charge of cutting the cheese – heh heh. I normally do it by hand, but there was so much I enlisted the help of my Cuisinart. MAGICAL I tell you. The power of a motor..

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Matt made four pizzas – two veg, one pepperoni and one pear + goat cheese. They were delicious!! And I was starving and ate four slices.

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We also made a big salad from our garden greens – with nuts and goat cheese

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And the others brought snacks, fruit and brownies! [And wine, sniff]

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First plate – plus 3 more pizzas!

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On the agenda, Ahab’s Wife, which is my favorite book. I loved it because it’s a poetic adventure set by and on the ocean about a strong female character and her life’s trials. It’s beautifully written and thought provoking. Others didn’t like it as much because it was slow to get into, a bit boring at times and the characters were a little flat. A good discussion though!

Alice made these spicy brownies for dessert. They have quite the kick but all the chocolate you love!

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Just finished washing all the dishes and cleaning all the corners of the kitchen and porch.

Time to start a new book: The Midwife’s Confession!

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1 Andrea May 22, 2012 at 8:38 pm

So is the book Ahab’s Wife in any way related to Moby Dick?

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2 KathEats May 22, 2012 at 8:40 pm

Yes, it’s the story of Ahab’s Wife! Moby Dick is in the plot

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3 Andrea May 22, 2012 at 9:37 pm

Ok I figured but wasn’t sure :) I tried to read Moby Dick a few months ago and really wanted to like it but I just could NOT get into it. Verrry slow.

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4 KathEats May 22, 2012 at 9:49 pm

I’d like to read it too just because I’ve read this twice, but I hear it’s really long… I don’t think I’d like it

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5 TC May 23, 2012 at 3:35 pm

It is one of the best American novels ever written, hands down, and hilarious too, which no one ever seems to talk about.

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6 K May 23, 2012 at 6:52 pm

I was struck by the humor when first reading Moby Dick as well! Ishmael is quite wry at times. I know that last sentence sounded really pretentious, but I couldn’t think of a better way to put it! Sorry! While it can seem slow compared to many of todays popular novels, I am a sucker for beautiful prose, and Melville was a master of description. Which is why it has become such a classic. “nur!” at myself. I am just going to stop talking about things everyone knows already before someone tells me to shut it. I just get excited about literature! Also, for someone who reads a lot, I am, obviously, not a good writer myself.

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7 Julianna @ Julianna Bananna May 22, 2012 at 8:38 pm

a tortilla with nut butter is my favorite afternoon snack! & that pizza looks absolutely delicious!

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8 Sana May 22, 2012 at 8:39 pm

Hahah I want to join a book club! For both the food and the books!

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9 Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles May 22, 2012 at 8:41 pm

Would love to be in your book club- if only for the food! ….I’ll sniffle with you with the whole no wine thing.

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10 KathEats May 22, 2012 at 8:42 pm

Sniff.

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11 Katie @ Real Food Katie's Way May 22, 2012 at 8:42 pm

OoOoOoO book club!! I’ve never been in a book club before! Now that I am done my nutrition schooling AND house renos I might just have to participate in one!

PS that pizza looks incredible! I’m on the hunt for the perfect pizza dough though!

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12 Lea @ Healthy Coconut May 22, 2012 at 8:42 pm

May I ask how you found a book club? Thru meet-ups or is this book club includes all your friends already?

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13 KathEats May 22, 2012 at 8:42 pm

One of my friends was already in it and she invited me to join in

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14 kathleen @ the daily crumb May 22, 2012 at 8:44 pm

what i wouldn’t do for some of that pizza!!

glad you enjoyed the book, will have to add it to my list!

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15 Elyse May 22, 2012 at 8:45 pm

I LOVED that book too!!! So glad to hear you liked it. :-)

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16 Greg May 22, 2012 at 8:53 pm

The spicy brownies sound really interesting. Any chance of getting the recipe from Alice?

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17 KathEats May 22, 2012 at 9:29 pm

I will ask ..

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18 Lindsay May 22, 2012 at 8:55 pm

Ooo, I’m hoping for a Kindle soon, so I love hearing about some new titles, been a bit flat on good reads as of late! All the food looked DELISH and I have never thought about using a food processor to cut cheese…brilliant!

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19 Lexi @ You, Me, & A World to See May 22, 2012 at 8:57 pm

PB&J quesadilla? Why haven’t I ever thought of that hahahah!

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20 Katie @ Peace Love and Oats May 22, 2012 at 9:00 pm

What a great hostess!! That food looks amazing!

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21 Sarah (I Dream of Beets) May 22, 2012 at 9:01 pm

Waah, I totally aspire to be part of a book club. I’m an English teacher who yearns to talk fun books with adults. I loved Midwife’s Confession and was on a Diane Chamberlain kick for a while. Now I’m reading “We Need to Talk About Kevin,” which is loosely based off the Columbine shootings. I’m in need of something lighter I think :)

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22 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More May 22, 2012 at 9:01 pm

pear and goat cheese?! I could eat that! I may have to try making my own version! Was there any sauce or just a little olive oil?

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23 KathEats May 22, 2012 at 9:28 pm

A little honey!

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24 Cait's Plate May 22, 2012 at 9:03 pm

I’ve heard such good things about that book. It’s on my list!

Those pizzas. Gah. They kill me every single time. SO SO good. Is Matt for catering hire?? ;)

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25 Jen May 22, 2012 at 9:08 pm

I’ve never heard of that good – but I’d go for the food spread!

Is Foodbuzz still your sponsor? I don’t see the ads on the site anymore?

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26 KathEats May 22, 2012 at 9:27 pm

Yeah, they should be there… Weird!

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27 Annette @FitnessPerks May 22, 2012 at 9:12 pm

FUN! I love book clubs. I would love ‘em more if they served that pizza more often though…hehe ;)

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28 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) May 22, 2012 at 9:12 pm

My husband loves spicy chocolate cake. I bet he would love those brownies! Pizza is always perfect for a crowd. That looks like a delicious gathering!

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29 Catalina @ Cake with Love May 22, 2012 at 9:20 pm

Love all that pizza! You guys should sell some, and open an inline store so I can order frozen pizza!!!

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30 Averie @ Averie Cooks May 22, 2012 at 9:22 pm

spicy brownies…I have had spicy hot chocolate (with cayenne added) but never brownies…interesting twist!

Gotta love power tools for kitchen tasks!

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31 j3nn May 22, 2012 at 9:38 pm

That sounds like a lot of fun! You put out an awesome spread. Hostess with the mostest pizza. :)

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32 Amanda M May 22, 2012 at 10:06 pm

Does that cafe say sperm on it? Or do I just have a dirty mind?

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33 KathEats May 23, 2012 at 6:11 am

Sperm whale oil! I was trying to get in the whaling spirit :) good eye!

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34 Kendall May 22, 2012 at 10:15 pm

Your pizzas always look so good! I’m thinking of making some for dinner tomorrow, can’t wait!!

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35 Danica @ It's Progression May 22, 2012 at 10:30 pm

I loved The Midwife’s Confession! Diane Chamberlain is a great author.

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36 Chelsea @ Designs on Dinner May 22, 2012 at 10:57 pm

Ooh, glad I have another book recommendation. I just finished ‘The Wednesday Sisters,’ and I miss it already–it was such a delightful book to read that I didn’t want it to end.

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37 Lynn @ the actor's diet May 22, 2012 at 10:59 pm

I call my book club “food club”

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38 Khushboo May 23, 2012 at 12:21 am

I would love to join a book group although I think a spread like that would appeal to me more than the book itself ;)!

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39 Rori May 23, 2012 at 4:45 am

Kath, Have you heard about the “Things I am afraid to tell you” challenge that many bloggers have been posting? Freckles Chick sums it up pretty well here:
http://freckleschick.blogspot.com/2012/05/things-im-afraid-to-tell-you.html
Is this something you would consider doing for your readers? I know that I would enjoy a post like this from you. Have a great weekend!

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40 KathEats May 23, 2012 at 7:14 am

I’ll have to think about what I’d say. There’s a fine line between sharing and too personal and I generally share everything that isn’t too personal! Hmmm.

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41 Simply Life May 23, 2012 at 6:14 am

that is a great spread for book club!

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42 Hillary May 23, 2012 at 6:19 am

Ahab’s Wife is my best friend’s favorite book, too. She’s been pushing me to read it for years! Guess it really should get on the list already, huh?

Looks like a great night…especially Matt’s pizzas!

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43 Susan H. @ The Food Allergy Chronicles May 23, 2012 at 6:41 am

Joining a book club looks like fun! I basically read books and then pass them on to my friends/neighbours and my mother…we pass books between us all…perhaps getting together will be the next step! The pizza looks amazing as always!

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44 Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning May 23, 2012 at 6:55 am

I think I’d have to read the book just to have an excuse to come over for the salad and pizza!

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45 Molly @ RDexposed May 23, 2012 at 6:59 am

Mmm I’m doing a goat cheese and pear combination tonight. Would love to try it on a pizza!

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46 Karen May 23, 2012 at 7:05 am

I bought the Diane Chamberlin book last year, but never felt the urge to crack it open as I am always turned off by the ‘chick-lit” ish cover – silly I know! Please keep us posted on your thoughts – I’m scouting for a winner. (I just finished Wild by Cheryl Strayed, a terrific memoir I recommend if you’re feeling like a well written, moving – and entirely relatable – nonfiction read.)

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47 Hope @ With A Side Of Hope May 23, 2012 at 7:11 am

How fun to have a book club! :) All of the food looks great!

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48 Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count May 23, 2012 at 7:39 am

Everything looks delicious! I couldn’t get through Moby Dick, so I don’t think I’d do well with Ahab’s Wife, although I’ve been surprised before by a book after starting it.

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49 Amanda @flecksofgreen May 23, 2012 at 9:26 am

Yum! The pear and goat cheese pizza sounds heavenly! What kind of a dip is that for the tortilla chips? It almost looks like a cheesey hummus or a mashed sweet potato.

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50 KathEats May 23, 2012 at 9:56 am

It was hummus – not sure what flavor though

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51 Erin May 23, 2012 at 10:01 am

food processors, ftw. I’m in love with mine!

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52 Emily May 23, 2012 at 12:27 pm

If you’re interested in another birth-themed book (fiction), I recommend The Birth House by Ami McKay. It’s set on Canada’s East Coast and really beautifully written, enjoyable for all but especially if you are in birth mode. :)

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53 KathEats May 23, 2012 at 1:00 pm

Cool, thanks!

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54 Angel7 May 23, 2012 at 2:02 pm

A pear & goat cheese pizza sounds interesting and good!

I love chocolate with a bit of kick to it!

http://faithfulsolutions.blogspot.com/

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55 Johanna B May 23, 2012 at 4:55 pm

That is one good looking pizza. Pizza is one of things I miss most about having Celiac. The GF ones just aren’t the same.

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56 Michael Tavallaei DDS May 23, 2012 at 5:48 pm

always wanted to start a book club.

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57 Maria Carolina May 23, 2012 at 6:21 pm

That pizza looks to-die-for! What kind of cheese does Matt use? I’ve heard the trick is to use half cheddar and half mozzarella or something like that? And were the crusts whole wheat, 50% or white? (Can you tell I love me a good pizza? :P

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58 KathEats May 23, 2012 at 6:57 pm

He did half pepperjack and half cheddar! It was whole wheat with Great Harvest four

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