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Book Club Menu

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I love hosting my book club each year as it gives me an opportunity to test recipes that might not appeal to my family. This year’s Book Club Menu featured 5 appetizers and 4 desserts. I hope there’s one or two you’d like to try! 

Key Lime Pie Bars on a white dessert plate over a red and white checked napkin

Book Club Menu

Life as a food blogger awards many incredible perks. For example, last Thursday evening I hosted  book club at my house. That morning, I opened the side door to see a huge package from Ghirardelli, full to the brim with their Holiday Squares for Easter.

I was thrilled to be able to add these to my array of sweets and treats. I cooked, styled and photographed a slew of new recipes to add to my book club menu, and many were tasty enough to deserve their own posts.

Book Club Spread with my friends

Tips for Planning a Book Club Menu

  • PRO-Tip: It’s best to have finger food, like dips and small cookies or bars for your book club spread. First we gab and snack while sipping on glasses of wine, then we move into the living room for the book discussion.
  • Balancing a plate of food along with a Kindle or book takes some finesse, so dish needing a fork and knife could be troublesome.
  • There are exceptions, of course, as I like to make recipes that relate to the theme of the book, but in general I aim for bites sized treats.
  • I like to make a seasonal signature drink if there’s an obvious theme in the book, a locale known for their cuisine or if our book club is set near a holiday. I’ve made a Pimm’s Cup and a Pear Cosmopolitan in the past.
  • My menus have included Italian, Middle Eastern, Big Apple, Indian and even Maine fare, matching up with where the novel was set.

Smoky Black Bean Dip in a white bowl topped with pepper rings

Smoky Black Bean Dip

Hot Artichoke Shrimp Dip on chips on a small white plate

Hot Shrimp and Artichoke Dip–Bill’s favorite  

Cheesy Lasagna Dip on a toast and garnished with a sprig of basilLasagna Dip 

Puff Pastry Antipasto Squares on a small white plate with mini pepper rings

Puff Pastry Antipasto Squares–tweaked from a recipe using crescent rolls 

Jalapeno Poppers wrapped in bacon on an appetizer plate and serving tray

Stuffed Jalapenos

Butterscotch Blondies with White Chocolate Chips stacked on a small white plate

Butterscotch Blondies with White Chocolate Chips–well loved and Katie’s favorite

Matzo Crack-An easy way to get the taste of toffee without a candy thermometer

Matzo Crack  

Chocolate Toffee Cookies in a blue and white bowl

Chocolate Cookies with Walnuts and Toffee–extremely popular

Key Lime Bars garnishes with cream, a lime slice and raspberry on dessert plates

Key Lime Bars–MY favorite!

Ghirardelli Holiday SquaresGhirardelli Holiday Squares

Book Club Snacks

I hope you will find inspiration in my book club menu for your next gathering. As a foodie, I always prepare WAY too much and made a point to offer doggy bags to my guests at the end of the evening.

One of the husbands requested a few sweet nibbles when his wife informed him of her plans for the night…he knew quite well that I’m never hesitant to share my treats or my recipes. He was the lucky recipient of chocolate cookies and matzoh crack.

Certainly a couple savory appetizers and one or two sweets would be plenty for a typical gathering. Add some nuts and Ghirardelli Holiday Squares and you’re set. Ghirardelli Holiday Squares are the perfect choice for your Easter baskets…even if your children are grown like mine, they always love some Easter chocolates.

And for those of you who are avid readers, here is a list of the books my book club has read over the past 17 years.

Disclosure: Ghirardelli supplied me with their Ghirardelli Holiday Squares . I was not compensated for writing this post and the opinions expressed herein are those of the author, and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Ghirardelli.

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58 comments on “Book Club Menu”

  1. Everything on the book club menu looks delicious! Can’t wait to see some of those recipes.

  2. Now that’s a book club I need to join!!
    YUM! I can’t get over how delicious everything looks.

  3. Looks like you all have a blast… and eat very well too! Pass me the poppers please! Lucky girl to be on the Ghiradelli mailing list-enjoy:@)

  4. Wow! You treat your guests very well indeed Liz Berg =) So glad you are willing to share the recipes. Your title of Matzo Crack makes me crack up!

    Anyway, j’adore Ghirardelli. In fact, only a few days ago I was savoring the sweet chocolate smells in their SF shop with my sister =)

  5. I wish I was living next door to you ;-P
    The spread is amazing and I am looking forward to the recipes.

  6. Can you see me jumping and down and raising my hand… I wish I could join your book club. I would be the book reader near the food table. ๐Ÿ™‚ What a gorgeous menu. ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Lizzy , I need some Ghirardelli here *sigh* ๐Ÿ˜€ I love your Book Club menu but I’m partial to your gorgeous Key lime bars , it looks pretty awesome !

  8. I don’t even care what you all are reading….that’s a club for me!

  9. Wow, what a spread! I wanna be in your book club! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Fun post — thanks.

  10. I am trying to figure out how I could be a part of your book club. Really you should just move to Connecticut and be my neighbor.

  11. Just curious – what book was the selection for this meeting?

    • Hi, Susan! We read The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri. It was a good book…some of our members absolutely loved it, and others felt it was just so-so. I was right in the middle…I liked a couple of her older books a lot more.

  12. Holy cow, Liz. Did I ever tell you that I could read? I can read good enough to be in your book club and I’m surely hungry enough. What a fantastic spread and what a fun get-together.

  13. I’ve actually read quite a few books this past winter. I forget how much I enjoy reading when I haven’t done it in a while. A book club sounds fun! I’m a huge fan of G. My favorite is a piece of dark chocolate with caramel and sea salt – yum…. Have a great Easter!

  14. These look fantastic.. and I wish I was the lucky one to get the doggy bagโ€ฆ.

  15. Liz-

    This collection of recipes is party ready! I’m looking forward to seeing the “how to’s” that follow :>
    Margaret B

  16. You have been a part of the same book club for 17 years! Holy impressive! Do you accept new members because I want to eat everything you laid out…and I DO love books almost {sometimes more} than I love food!!

  17. If I could come and play at your house, I’d rejoin my book club, or, I mean, yours. Love your book list. Looking forward to those dip recipes.

  18. These bars look divine, Liz. Those chocolate cookies are awesome too.

  19. What a fun idea to get together. These bars look really special, Liz! ๐Ÿ™‚ ela

  20. If this is the way a book club looks ๐Ÿ™‚ then I am sorry I am not part of your club.. these bars are wonderful.

  21. Wishing you and your family a wonderful Easter! May it be a safe and happy one ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. Now I would totally go to that book club ; )

  23. Oh wow. See, reading is fun, kids! HA. I’ll take one of everything!

  24. That would pretty much be the best day ever getting a box of chocolate on my doorstep! The bookclub sounds fun!

  25. all look amazing Lizzy and of course I love Ghirardelli chocolate always I find amazing but here are really expensive here!
    But when I can I love to buy!!
    Have a happy Easter my dear Lizzy with all your family xoxoxo

  26. I want to join your book club and get your door step packages ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy Easter!

  27. Is there room for one more in this book club? Because I could definitely use an invite! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Can’t wait to see that hot shrimp dip!

  28. These ladies are lucky to be in your book club haha!
    And who cares what books are being discussed if food like this is served, am I right?! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Everything looks fantastic!!

  29. Oh Liz, if I could join your book club virtually, with a note of sampling those delicious food, I would! I think you have the best book club when food is involved, lol. ๐Ÿ˜€ And Ghirardelli? Never say no to that.

  30. What a fabulous menu, your key lime bars look divine!

  31. I so want to go to the book club ๐Ÿ˜€ These snacks are incredible!

    Choc Chip Uru

  32. Have you actually been a member of the book club for 17 years, Liz? If so, I’m very impressed. And if not, I’m still impressed that you made all these lovely treats for your group. How lucky they are! Especially love the sound of those key lime bars! Looking forward to the recipe. ๐Ÿ™‚

  33. So uh, what do I need to do to get an invitation to that book club of yours? ๐Ÿ™‚

  34. What a spread, Liz! I’m sure knowing that you are the hostess brings out the full club! Look forward to the recipe for those key lime bars and the other recipes as well!

  35. Oh my, what a spread! Lucky ladies!! Well done, Liz! Phew…that was a lot of heard work, I’m sure.

  36. What a fun event Liz…everything sure looks delicious. I love this kind of “book club”.
    Hope you are enjoying your week ๐Ÿ˜€

  37. Lizzy, I’ll join the book club for the food. hah..hah…hah…I love Ghirardelli chocolates, I picked them up when I was in Boston not too long ago. I wished I had bought more.

  38. You cooked all that? That’s amazing. I’m exhausted just thinking about it. I love the look of the stuffed jalepenos and I’m going to very much look forward to the recipes that appear on your blog in the next few days/weeks xx

  39. I’m sure your book club friends enjoyed every single one of your delicious recipes. Liz. What a fun evening. And what a treat to find a big box of chocolates at your door. Happy Easter.

  40. I wish I could eat this all. Looks great!

  41. Everything I would put on my plate says ‘recipe to come.’ I’m about to whine like a 7 year-old I know! ๐Ÿ˜€

  42. I’m trying to figure out why I don’t belong to a book club. ๐Ÿ™‚

  43. I wanna be a part of your book club mainly for the food and chocolate! haha

  44. I think I would read more books if I knew the book club meetings would be like your delicious meetings!

  45. What a house full of delicious looking food! I’ll take a pan of those key lime bars, please! ๐Ÿ™‚

  46. Lizzy,
    I love Ghirardelli. All your recipes look amazing and delicious. I’d love for you to link up any of them at #GetHimFed Fridays, Happy Easter to you and your family.

  47. Oh my goodness, these all look amazing Liz! What an awesome book club to part of – so many tasty dishes and can’t wait to see the recipes for the rest ๐Ÿ™‚

  48. Can I join your book club? ๐Ÿ™‚ YUM!

  49. Do you by chance have the recipe for those key lime bars?! They look incredible!

    • It will be a guest post for a blogger friend on May 21. Feel free to email me if you need the recipe sooner ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Thanks so much! I am planning on making these memorial weekend so that’s perfect timing ๐Ÿ™‚ I can’t wait to try them!

  50. Wow, you must have to lock your doors to keep away party crashers!

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