One of the first things I did when I began serving at First and Beckville was accept an invitation to join the Beckville book club. The group includes, as you might imagine, six ladies from Beckville, as well as a woman from another Lutheran congregation and even a Methodist. (I know. It’s radical.)
We meet monthly, and we read all kinds of books. Everything from The Good Earth to The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. I love being a part of this group, where the discussion is lively and the food is fabulous.
This month, it was my turn to host. Since I only managed to read about twenty pages of the book (Vilhelm Moberg’s The Emmigrants, which was just not for me, at least right this minute), I felt the least I could do was provide a nice spread.
Also, since my house is too small to host a sit down meal for eight (at least, to host it comfortably), I did my hosting at the church. So the food I served was all easy to transport and serve chilled or at room temperature.
Here’s the menu:
Artichoke Salsa with Tortilla Chips
Broccoli and Carrots with Lime Dressing
Mom’s Mexican Roll Ups
Texas Cowpoke Trail Mix
Edy’s Frozen Fruit Bars (pineapple, pomegranate, or coconut)
In other words: four things I had never made before and one frozen treat I had never bought. A recipe for success, right?
As it happens: it was! All four recipes were easy, and all were at least moderately tasty. (The lime dressing could have been limier.) As one of the ladies said, “Not bad for a vegetarian.”
So: which recipe should I share first?
And, what are your go-to entertaining foods (or your most spectacular flops)?