I pulled something off so totally fun that I thought I’d share it with you.
I’m part of a cooking club. We’ve talked about this before. My dear friend Sara is an original member with me. We go way back…like Destiny’s Child, X-files, pre American Idol way back. We went to college together. We waited tables together. We lived together. We were in each other’s weddings. You get it? She makes me happy. In fact, in this house we call her “Happy Sara.” Well, Happy Sara is having a baby!
It was my month to host and I decided to have a surprise mini-shower the night of cooking club. After tossing around a few ideas, we decided on a baby book shower where we’d each give our favorite children’s book. Someone else even came up with the idea of giving baby gifts based on children’s books and themes, she even suggested we check out sites similar to Mommyhood101.com – you can see their reviews of baby products here. But then I went a little overboard, because that’s what I do. I made an entire menu based on children’s books. You guys, it was awesome. I’m a spaz. And it was awesome.
So here’s what we ate and the books that I paired with each dish.
Appetizer: Sauteed Grapes with Goat Cheese – from With Style and Grace
Book: Row Row Row Your Goat
Straight up, this book is weird. But it worked. This dish was the star of the evening and is going to be a regular thing I do. Family, expect to see it at Christmas. Amazing.
Main: Kefta and Zucchini Kebabs – from Smitten Kitchen
Book: Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs
This dish was also incredible. I made both turkey and lamb meatballs. To make them gluten free I replaced the bread with an egg. They’re so flavorful and the dipping sauce is equally as delicious. I might have dipped everything else on my plate in it. Maybe.
Side: Kale Salad with Apples and Pistachios – from Peas and Thank You
Book: Little Pea
This book is about a pea that can’t eat his vegetables until he’s finished all his sweets. So cute. This dish is so simple and great. I’m still on a kale high. I eat a lot of kale. And I’m just realizing I don’t have a recipe on this blog yet. What?!
Side: Roasted Eggplant with Tomatoes and Mint – from Smitten Kitchen
Book: I Will Never Not Eat a Tomato
This book is about Charlie and Lola, who also apparently have a TV series. I know nothing. I do know that this eggplant will also be made again VERY soon. Absolutely loved the capers and feta. I like salt.
Dessert 1: Salty Caramel Chocolaty “Cookie” Thingies (It’s a stretch, I know. But we have a vegan in the club and I wanted her to be able to have dessert) – from The Talking Kitchen
Book: If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
It still blows my mind that dates can transform into “caramel.” Oh, and there was more salt. Yum.
Dessert 2: Pumpkin Spice Doughnuts with Cinnamon Butter Glaze (There is no shame in planning a dinner party menu with two desserts.) – from Roost
Book: Arnie the Doughnut
I also thought this book was a little weird but the illustrations are very cool. And who doesn’t love doughnuts? These were so good. So, so good. Full of holiday spices and the glaze. OMG, the glaze.
Leave a comment if you can think of anymore. I had a lot of fun with this and I hope you do too. Sorry for the lack of pictures. I snapped some with my iPhone but didn’t really intend on blogging this until it was so totally awesome.
Posted on December 2, 2012