Last night I hosted our book club. Our rule is the hostess chooses the book for that month. To switch things up a bit, I chose a cookbook, Rachael Ray’s 30-Minute Meals Get Togethers. I figured this would inspire new appetizer ideas for future book clubs and get everyone to try new dishes for entertaining. In order to get credit for “reading” the book, everyone was to try at least 2 new dishes and come to the meeting with feedback.
I made 5 different appetizers for the evening and one member brought the dessert. Thanks to Stephanie, Andrea, and Karen for participating in our evening of wine and appetizers! Here’s what we had:
Two kinds of Lavash Pizzas - one with Mexican toppings, smoked cheddar, chorizo, peppers and olives and the other with smoked mozzarella, prosciutto and arugula.
Chickpea and Rosemary Dip in the making...it was such a pretty picture that I couldn't resist!
The final result of Chickpea and Rosemary Dip served with grape tomatoes, flatbreads, and zucchini.
Artichokes marinated in lemon juice, zest, and parsley along with Endives and Boursin cheese and chives.
Our fifth appetizer was a Roasted Red Pepper Salsa with Grilled Polenta Slices. We found that the dip itself went well with the flatbreads and zucchini too.
For dessert, Andrea brought Black Cherry Ice Cream and served it with Chocolate Sauce, but I inhaled it so quickly that I forgot to take a picture. She did leave the ice cream in my freezer, so I could recreate the scene :)
YUM! Thanks to all the Bookends members who participated in this project!