My friends and I have a book club meeting roughly once a month. It’s a really great excuse to get together on a weeknight, drink wine, and eat copious amounts of food. In fact, we’ve tossed around the idea of calling it dinner club instead, since it seemed that the main draw was the menu (and reading the book is not a requirement.) But I’m glad we stuck with the book portion of book club because it’s fun to read the same book as a handful of friends at the same time. I frequently receive texts saying “OMG the book!” when some crazy twist happens, or “Just googled what a ‘plait’ is,” or “who else is on the couch curled up the fire reading on Friday night” (followed by a snap of the fireplace video available on Netflix haha.)
Each month we talk a little about the book, and then a lot about the next book club’s theme and menu. The last book we read is called “Big Little Lies” by Liane Moriarty. Several of us had read other books by the same author, and all had the same rave reviews. This one did not disappoint. It’s a murder mystery that was hard to put down. In fact, I even found myself having a “Belle” from Beauty and the Beast moment when I had my eyes still glued to my kindle as I navigated the crowded train platform and ran into other passengers exiting the same train.
As for the food, the last menu featured a chili bar! The host made the chili and everyone else brought along a dessert or bottle of wine, or in my course, the best cornbread in the world.
The chili was actually a very old weight watcher’s chili recipe that I basically begged my friend Tiff to hunt down the recipe for. (Sorry for the janky screen shot, but it’s all we had!)
It was so good and according to Tiff, so easy to make. Does it still count as weight watchers when you top your chili with a mound of Fritos? And follow it with an oatmeal pumpkin creme pie (or two?) Yes, we thought so too.