I’m starting something new. Because I’m kind of bored. There’s just not that much going on in my life.
Okay, seriously, here is my new thing. The ‘This Week for Dinner Cookbook Club.’ It goes something like this. I convince a publisher to give me a bunch of copies of a cookbook. Then I email the members of the Cookbook Club, they get copies of the book and we get together for a potluck where we all cook recipes from the book. I then write about our meeting here on the blog to share with all of you!
I have a diverse and wonderful group of women who are members of the cookbook club. And they have been waiting very patiently for our first meeting. See, I put the club together months ago. And so far being a member hasn’t meant much.
Thankfully my dear friend Linsey Krolik got the ball rolling! She has her own book club, From Left to Write, where the members are all over the country and they read all kinds of books. And she rustled up a bunch of copies of Myra Goodman’s new cookbook The Earthbound Cook. And, last Wednesday, the stars aligned and we had our first meeting – combined with Linsey’s lovely group, of course!
What an evening! I encourage you all to start your own cookbook clubs. It was a BLAST all having the same cookbook, emailing and Facebooking about the recipes, planning what we were going to make. And then…then! Getting together and eating all the wonderful food and spending a few hours chatting.We all walked away that night feeling warm, happy, and full!
It certainly didn’t hurt that we all loved Myra’s book. What a wonderful inaugural cookbook for our club! It is full of wonderful recipes as well as great stories and insight. And every single person agreed – there was not one dish at the potluck that wasn’t good! Everything was wonderful. Of course I had favorites, but everything tasted great.
So now I am inspired. I can’t wait for our next cookbook club meeting!
I have to share one of my favorite recipes from the night with you. Because I want to whet your appetite for the cookbook…and I think it would be a yummy Thanksgiving treat! It’s the squares you see pictured above. They were fabulous!
Oatmeal, Carrot and Apple Breakfast Squares
From The Earthbound Cook
- Butter, for greasing baking dish
- 1 3/4 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
- 1 1/2 cups (5 ounces) whole wheat pastry flour
- 1/4 cup ground flaxseeds
- 1 tablespoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 1/4 cups (11 1/4 ounces) packed light brown sugar
- 2/3 cup canola oil
- 2 large eggs
- 1 1/2 cup low-fat buttermilk
- 1 1/2 cups grated peeled carrots
- 1 cup grated peeled apples
- 2 cups walnut pieces
- 1/2 cup (2 ounces) unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1/4 cup (scant 2 ounces) packed light brown sugar
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Generously butter the bottom of sides of 9×13 baking dish.
Place the oats, flour, flaxseeds, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and salt in a medium-size mixing bowl and stir to combine.
In a large bowl, whisk together the brown sugar and the oil. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in the buttermilk.
Add the oat mixture to the buttermilk mixture, and stir to combine. Add the carrots and apples, stir just til blended. Transfer the batter to the prepared baking dish.
Place the walnuts, coconut, brown sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl. Stir to blend and sprinkle over the batter.
Bake until the batter has set and a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean, about 45 minutes. Let cool on a wire rack for 1 hour then cut into 12 pieces.
Below is a list of the From Left to Write bloggers who have written about The Earthbound Cook today. Definitely a list of blogs posts worth checking out!
- Linsey Krolik from Me Too You has a kitchen connection
- Darryle Pollack from I Never Signed Up For This serves up some book stew
- MommyTwinGirls/Linda D from It’s Never Easy But It’s Always Fun says there is no better way to get to know a cookbook
- Jacki from The Raven’s Spell had a dream kitchen
- Stacy Libby from Laptop TV Mom shares some favorites
- Melissa B from Life with Sophia is an incidental eco-cook
- Emily from West of the Loop connected over a meal
- Nicole Pelton from Not Just a Working Mom needed guests more appreciative than her kids
- Tiffany from Lattes and Life take small steps to eat “the good stuff”
- Melanie from tales from the crib is sure that food…will bring her family together
- Kristina from Parent Grapevine is getting out of her cooking rut
- Shannon from It’s My Time to Write has a love for apples
- Lisa from Hannemaniacs wants to be an earthbound cook
- Michele Spring Fajeau from Read Out Loud says there is nothing better than closing the to-do list and opening her house to good food
- Nicki from Suddenly Single Journey devoured soup and salad
- Michelle from Honest & Truly! can’t just follow a recipe
- Bay from Queen Mother Blog wishes that eating local AND organic were easier
- Bonggamom from Finding Bonggamom likes tweaking a good recipe
- Neena from hooey!critic talks dieting, food and embracing dinner
- Tracy from Tracy’s Book Nook is carving out time in her busy life to try new recipes here and there
- Paige Bayer from Canning With Kids takes joy in eating with the seasons
- Cindy Fey from We All Fall Down thought about the fields around Todos on the Baja Peninsula as she cooked
- Eunice C. from Random Walk Down Mommy Street talks dishwashers and why she is finally(!) using hers
- Jill Asher from BlogCritics emerged form her cooking slump
- Vanessa Druckman from Chefdruck Musings is inspired by recipes and tips to live by
- Roxane from Rox and Roll confesses to being a cookbook junkie
- Elaine from Connor and Helen Grow Up! is reminded that she really likes cooking