oops! so much internet unreliability these past two weeks (yes, again last night, but it was ok today - still feels like walking on eggshells, or maybe glass?). i journaled about the bookclub, but never posted anything.
so - in short - it was good - good to see so many friends - and good to talk about something other than work, or me, or dsl! there were only about six of us left by the time we got to talking about the book (beautiful dreamer). unanimously difficult subject. interesting - about half of us grew up outside "the south" and half "in the south". we all agreed tennessee was more south than atlanta. and that new york was more prejudiced. and that we hoped the book took place a long time ago - the 1950's?... but that we suspected it could've happened last year. sad....
and at the end of the night the food was almost gone and i had 3 bottles of wine left. i overbought the wine, i guess (but am enjoying it still). hit appetizer was "fiesta brie" from eat, bitch and wine (a christmas gift from sue, in honor of our many w(h)ine lunches) - or at least my version of it:
1 brie (the small one - I think 4"-5"?)
Slice brie in half horizontally and scoop a little of the cheese from the bottom half to make a small well. I had a small handful of brie from the scooping out. Place brie in a greased dish - I used a ceramic 9" pie plate and Pam and it worked fine.
About 1 cup of pineapple salsa (made by mixing 1 c mild salsa, 1 tomato chopped, 1/2 c drained, crushed pineapple, 1/2 c cilantro, chopped and 2 green onions, chopped - combine - this makes more than the 1 cup you need for the brie - save the rest).
Spoon the salsa onto the bottom half of the brie, ok to have some spill over. Replace the top half of the brie and secure with toothpicks (I used 3 - evenly spaced around the outside). Microwave on high about 1-1/2 minutes. Brie should be really soft and oozy (microwave longer if necessary). Remove toothpicks. Serve with crackers or tortilla chips. I had wheat thins, triscuits and lots of vegetables - it all worked.
there weren't any leftovers, so i don't know how it will last!
...and much looking forward to the next meeting to talk about eat, pray, love!