November 2011 Book Club

Book club was so much fun this month!  We gathered at Colleen’s for a delicious meal and, as always,  lively conversation.  Christine brought Goat Cheese and Roasted Red Pepper Quesadillas for our appetizer.  She made them in her skillet but I think I could use my quesadilla maker

We gobbled them up and caught up on all our news from the past month.  For dinner, Colleen served a wonderful Baked Ziti, big salad and warmed bread.   YUMMY!

When it was time for dessert, Lisa really out did herself.  She made the Salted Caramel Six Layer Chocolate Cake from Martha Stewart Living’s November issue.

Do you see the caramel oozing out of the middle?  It was delicious.  Good thing book club meets only once a month because it is not good for my waistline!  That said, I think this will be our dessert for Thanksgiving.

For November, we read All Souls: A Family Story from Southie by Michael Patrick MacDonald.

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I may be wrong, but I think maybe two people in our group finished the book, and the rest of us were slowly trudging through it when we met last night.  I myself could not get past the honest portrayal of MacDonald’s family story of growing up and living in Southie, an Irish catholic poverty stricken district of Boston.  He tells how his single mother struggled to raise her nine children and the challenges they faced, many of the children not surviving to adulthood.  A very real and sad true story. Amazingly, we had a very engrossing and interesting conversation considering we were all at different places in the book.  Unfortunately, I can not give you the whole synopsis just yet because I am still in the beginning of the tale as noted below:
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To see a synopsis and reviews visit:  Barnes & Noble

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  1. I like your honesty here, Ridge… and that cake looks simply amazing!

  2. Oh yes, your book club is calorically dangerous indeed!! I’m not even much of a chocolate girl and that cake looks fabulous! Must admit, not sure I’ll be adding All Souls to my reading list at this point but I’ll be interested to hear your reaction once you’re done.

  3. Omg, THAT CAKE!!! How close is this book club to G’wich??? 😉

  4. Wow, what a menu! If cakes like this one were always at the end of a book, it wouldn’t be so hard to get kids to finish their summer reading lists!
    I haven’t read All Souls yet, and judging by your description, I will need to be in the right frame of mind for it. I think I will shelve it for now.

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