Thursday, October 9, 2014

Cooking Club September 2014.

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Last spring my Cooking Club was looking for a new cookbook. One of our members brought her copy of My Beverly Hills Kitchen: Classic Southern Cooking with a French Twist by Alex Hitz as a suggestion. I perused its beautiful pictures and delicious sounding recipes and began to read the introduction. Details of the author's childhood sounded familiar, so I glanced back at his name on the cover and was startled to realize, "I know this guy! He and I sang in children's choir at church many years ago!"



Shortly before my Cooking Club's September gathering where we would be using My Beverly Hills Kitchen for the first time, I looked up Alex on Facebook. I sent him a message and told him about our Cooking Club and that we had chosen his book for our current selection. I included a link to the Dallas Morning News article about our Cooking Club that ran in last summer's paper:

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Dallas friends gather once a month for cookbook club

I was delighted to receive a prompt enthusiastic response from Alex:

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He even posted about our correspondence on his Facebook page:

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Our lunch featuring Alex's recipes was a smashing success. The dishes were delicious and flavorful and the instructions easy to follow.

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Appetizer: Bacon-wrapped dates
Soup: Tomato Soup with Parmesan croutons
Salad: Poppyseed salad with bibb lettuce
Entrée: Chicken curry
Vegetable: Carrot purée
Bread: Sally Lunn Bread (I made this. It was even better the next day toasted with some butter for breakfast)
Dessert: Dorothy's coconut cake (this was the star of the show!)

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My Cooking Club is looking forward to a great year with My Beverly Hills Kitchen!

3 comments:

DawnW said...

Yay Eloise!! I'm so glad you're back (at least I hope!!) and that this blog post is one about your cooking club!! I have gotten so many good recipes from your cooking club and Valentine lunch posts!!! This cookbook looks wonderful - I need to check it out!!!

linda said...

Wow! What a small world! Love Alex Hitz's recipes in House Beautful, now you have inspired me to buy his cookbook!
-Linda, NY

The Mrs. said...

I have to get that book! It looks fabulous. Always wanted to start a cooking club! Go to my blog and enter my ipad mini give away! xo