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Book Club Holiday Lunch

This month , because everyone was busy, we wanted a short read. We decided to re-read (or read for the first time) Dickens' "A Christmas Carol". We were all glad we did and enjoyed reading it!

Here was a fun appetizer if you are looking for something easy and festive:

Take a round brie (I used a big one from Trader Joe's.) Cut five leaf shapes out of the top rind. Bake (or microwave) for a few minutes until bubbly. Fill leaf shapes with red jam or jelly (I used pomegranite). Garnish center with a little chopped yellow pepper. Serve with crackers or "Holly chips".

Holly Chips: 1 package of spinach-vegetable or other flavor green flour tortillas. Cut out a paper holly leaf shape to use as a pattern. Cutting through two tortillas at a time, cut out as many leaves as will fit. (I got 5 per tortilla, giving me 40 leaves from a package of 8). Place on baking sheet, and bake at 350 for 5-7 min. until crisp, but not brown. Store in a ziplock bag. (I made leaves the night before.)

We celebrated the season with a wonderful lunch at Linda's home, then came to my house for dessert and our ornament exchange.

Enjoy the rest of the holiday season! Click here!

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