The Book Club Dilemma

I’m all about eating healthy and proper – if not small – proportions. When I get around a group of girls and a spread of food, this typically goes out the window. It’s something I battle, and I don’t think I’m alone. When delicious looking cheese plates or dense brownies are sitting in front of me for hours on end, I lose willpower and almost unconsciously graze on the food. Knowing this ahead of time, I took some precautions against myself. First, I made an effort to practice ‘mindful eating’ where I consciously decided to fill my plate or not, and enjoyed the food I did eat. Second, I made a health mini-dinner beforehand so I wasn’t starving and could maintain some control.

What did I make? Did you even have to ask. A sweet potato. This version is one of my all time favorites: frozen spinach sautéed in garlic and olive oil, dumped onto a baked sweet potato and topped with herbed goat cheese. Simple and delicious.


Book club was not a let down in the food or discussion departments. There were two fabulous spreads (neither of which I contributed to because of excuses I’ll spare you from). The cheese, truffle honey, apple, pistachio, hummus, chip and carrot spread.

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And these popular little pinwheels: crescent dough rolled out, spread with pesto, pine nuts and feta, rolled, sliced and baked. (Courtesy of Mama Hubbard, hostess extraordinaire)

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Then the brownie with whip and berries, meringue cookie, and chocolate covered cherry spread. I also discovered my affinity to Smoking Loon wine.

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I’m awfully depressed that this was my first and last book club with this new group, and one that I’m sure will be a huge success – especially with hot reads like Fifty Shades of Grey!


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