Thursday, December 17, 2009

Holiday Book Club

What a wonderful evening we had last night at our holiday book club meeting! Randi was kind enough to have us at the Numi Tea Garden in Alameda where she works. After hours! The environment was enchanting, the tea was a flowin and the book made for excellent discussion. Oh, and as usual - the snacks were culinary deliciousness!

We read Barbara Kingsolver's Small Wonder which was a collection of critical essays on the environment, food and social issues. I very much recommend the author as well as the 2nd half of the book.

I made Basil & Sundried Tomato Mini Quiches and they were super simple and their cuteness is undeniable.
3 eggs
1 bunch of basil
4 sundried tomatoes, chopped.
1/2 carton of cheese ( I used rondele, but you could use boursin).
2 sheets of pie crust

Step One: Preheat the oven to 350. Roll out the premade dough and cut circles with a large biscuit cutter. Fit each circle into the pan and bake for 10 minutes solo. Other recipes called for you to put beans in the bottom so the dough doesnt rise but I skipped that and they came out fine!

Step Two: Whisk together the eggs, sundried tomatoes, basil, cheese and salt and pepper. Spoon a tablespoon into each tin and bake for 15 minutes. Serve hot!

Other notables were Darcy's Rosemary Scones!

Some serious endive, beet and goat cheese appetizers!

Nickie's Spicy CSA box coleslaw!

I dont know who made these but they were awesome! Gorganzola Stuffed Figs!

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