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Book Club Lunch


I hosted this month's Book Club Lunch. We read One Thousand Splendid Suns, by Kahled Hosseini. It was an excellent, but very sad story about women and family relationships in Afghanistan during the past thirty years of political struggles.

I served two appetizers while we were chatting and discussing the book: hot spinach-artichoke dip, and a cheese spread with pears. For lunch, we moved to the dining room and began with a little cup of thick broccoli soup. Oh how I love to set a table with a new set of dishes! Here are the "Zucca" plates from Montefalco.

Next we had a spinach salad with peaches, carmalized onions, pancetta, and pomegranites with a pomegranite vinegarette. This was a slight varieation of Jen's salad at the Vancouver GTG. It was a HUGE hit (and pretty too).

Our entree was a ramekin of "Cheese Monger's Mac 'n Cheese from September's Bon Appetit.None of us were able to put a dent in our entree, so everyone took their's home. I had two last minute cancellations, so a couple husbands (not mine) got the extras for their dinner.

Finally, for dessert, I experimented with Diva's Tiramisu Brownies. Brad was happy with the results!

Comments (6)


Orange is my favorite color, so you know I loved your table settings!

The whole luncheon looks scrumptious! Those lucky book club ladies!


Palma, how lucky your book club members are! The table looks amazing. The food, as always, look fantastic.

You need to give Martha a run for her money and publish your forte. You are so good at all of these: food, home decor, etc. the world need to share these - besides us, lucky folks, on SlowTrav.

Palma - your picture of the table reminded me that we haven't been able to find our tote with the decorative pumpkins and gourds yet. Suddenly Paul is feeling a tad cranky! LOL

Imagine cancelling out on a wonderful meal like that.

Barb Cabot:

Honest to goodness Palma I keep coming back to look at those brownies! They look soooo-ooo good!

Hello Palma,
You are an artist with food! Your colors and textures, your contrasts and combinations are from an artist's palette. Your table presentations are a true "festa per gli occhi". Your flair is remarkable.
You inspire me and remind us all of the magic of using coordinated colors both in the food and its presentation.
An admiring hello to you and Brad.

Palma what a gorgeous spread! I wish I lived closer!

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