Last Friday, we had our monthly meeting for our new Cookbook Club. Each month, one of the girls hosts a dinner party in their home and the rest of us bring one recipe from the pre-selected cookbook or cooking magazine of their choice. Over the past two months, each hostess has also taken the opportunity to write about their cookbook selecting process, what they did to prepare for their guests, or whatever else was on their mind. This month, Tami was excited to host Cookbook Club in her new home and selected one of her favorite DIY gurus (Martha Stewart, of course) and her magazine as the starting point for this whole event. So without further ado … we introduce our very own Tami!

Written by: Tami

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Ever since I moved into my new place, I have been excited to get the opportunity to host. I also feel like these types of events are great motivation towards making sure your new home is ready for guests. A big part of my preparation was putting up pictures on my walls, accessorizing properly, and purchasing my last pieces of furniture. I chose Martha Stewart’s Living as my “cookbook” and the rest is history.

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I knew right away that I wanted to use this magazine for more than just its delicious recipes as this particular publication is packed full of decor ideas as well. I began by creating a “Friendsgiving Menu” on craft paper (just like Martha’s on page 25) which instead of being placed on my wall acted as a runner on my dining room table. I also used page 84 as inspiration for my overall color scheme and the way I displayed each candle and flower arrangement.

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I was immediately drawn to this wheat which I purchased at Gelson’s for it’s seasonal appeal with a little edge.

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Small flower arrangements were added throughout the front part of my apartment as well as lit candles to make my guests feel at home.

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Many delicious recipes were used from this month’s magazine as well as other traditional Thanksgiving side dishes.

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As the host, I felt the need to make a main dish. I felt like it would have been nice to make an actual turkey, but settled for a turkey sandwich instead. Someday, I will be brave and cook a turkey, but this was not that day. The monte cristo sandwiches, however, were delicious!

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No dinner party is complete without dessert which is why I am so happy Kathryn decided to make a pie. It would have been a shame anyway to have a magazine full of pies on the cover and not to be able to indulge in any. This pie was absolutely incredible! I recommend you try it immediately! In fact, if you want to recreate our entire menu from the night, it included:

Turkey Monte Cristo, pg 20

Autumn Tian, pg 153

Chocolate Mousse Pie with Phyllo Crust, pg 155

and wine (of course)!

As December is sure to be a busy month for all, our Cookbook Club decided to resume in January. Though this does not mean you have to do the same. If you happen to continue during the month of December, good for you! No really, that takes a large amount of determination, and we want to hear all about it! What cookbook or magazine are you planning to use? Check back with us later this month and we will announce our pick for January. Until then … keep on cooking! Happy Thanksgiving from Side by Side Design!


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