Cookbook Club, Holiday Party Edition

The Blue Mountain Cookbook Club met again, and this time featured The Cocktail Party: Eat, Drink, Play, Recover. We met at Paul & Anthony’s house, and between us I think we cooked just about every recipe in the book.  Our hosts made infused vodkas (cucumber, apple, dill, raspberry) and a make-your-own taco bar. The rest of us brought eggnog, black bean cakes, arancini, mac-n-cheese cupcakes, pastrami sandwich muffins, mini meatballs, spicy pigs-in-blankets, and champagne Jell-o shots. And then we had a secret Santa cookbook gift exchange. I scored a vintage 1982 copy of Martha Stewart‘s Entertaining, and an autographed copy of Simply Nigela from Woodstock’s Golden Notebook. Another prize was a 1997 issue of Cooking with the Young and the Restless. I would say cookbooks have really changed over the years, but another contemporary book was the as-seen-on-tv Dump Cakes cookbook. (“Stop mixing & measuring…Just Dump. Now you can make homemade cake for your family in minutes!”) Nice.

Cookbook Club food photographer Jennifer May

Cookbook Club food photographer Jennifer May

Cookbook Club food photographer Jennifer May

Cookbook Club food photographer Jennifer May

Cookbook Club food photographer Jennifer May

Cookbook Club food photographer Jennifer May

Cookbook Club food photographer Jennifer May

Cookbook Club food photographer Jennifer May

Cookbook Club food photographer Jennifer May

Cookbook Club food photographer Jennifer May

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