Last Friday, we had our monthly Cookbook Club meeting. Each month, one member 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. So far, 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. We were overjoyed when January’s hostess, Kathryn, took on this task as we know it will continue to give our readers a fresh new look at hosting and what this club has to offer. So without further ado, we introduce our friend Kathryn (First Grade Teacher and Hostess Extraordinaire) …


Written by: Kathryn

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As a recent West Coast transplant from the Midwest, I am always looking for new things to try and opportunities to meet new people. I was so touched when Tami asked me to join the Cookbook Club at November’s gathering. I had never heard of a Cookbook Club and loved the idea of gathering around food and trying new recipes. The November get-together was so fun and enjoyable; I immediately jumped at the chance to host the next gathering.

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After a fun and busy holiday season, I was so looking forward to seeing everyone at Cookbook Club. I, like many others, have a tendency to overindulge during all of the holiday fun in December and early January but really try to eat in a way that is healthy and clean once the parties fizzle out. I selected Cooking Light as our source of inspiration and booked the common room in our apartment community.

We enjoyed:

Seared Sirloin with Miso Butter Stir Fry

Roasted Shrimp with White Beans and Feta

Lemony Chicken Kebabs with Tomato Parsley Salad

Broccoli Steaks and Tofu Fries

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My take on entertaining is keep everything simple. I’m not great at extravagant details but kept the feeling casual and special by having fresh flowers on the table, cloth napkins, a simple cheese plate, and plenty of wine. I also ordered beautiful fruit tarts from a local bakery to keep things easy for dessert.

We had so much to celebrate. Lauren and Tami were celebrating their birthday and Paige, the original Cookbook Club Founder, popped over from Arizona for a surprise visit. The food was delicious but it could not compare to the company!


We are already counting down the days until our next Cookbook Club event (and we haven’t actually set a date or selected a cookbook yet). There is still time this month to get your group together and try out this month’s edition of Cooking Light. Let us know what recipes you try out! Also, any suggestions for a cookbook or cooking magazine to use for our February event is greatly appreciated. Keep on cooking!


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