Saturday, February 27, 2010

We're really just a bunch of foodies....

It seems that at most of our BC meetings, we always end up talking about things other than the book we've read.

We always read the book, and talk about it at some point, but lately our book club seems to be a bit more cathartic and social in nature.  I'm not sure about the rest of you girls, but I look forward to our one evening a month all month long.  It's the one night - the few hours - where I get to socialize with a bunch of women who are my friends, who are like me, and who like me. hug.

That being said - we always seem to end up talking about food.  Oh, how I love to eat really good food.

We all love Guy Fieri and his DDD and in light of our food addictions, we've started sending lists around of some of our local favorite places to dine.

For the sake of posterity, here they are.

Cafe Trio
Porcupine Pub
Market Street
PF Changs
Blue Plate

1- Takashi
2- Tsunami
3- Settebello Pizzeria Napoletana
4- San Gelato
5- Rocky Mountain Chocolate
7- The Corner
8- Rockin' Baja
9- Isabella's Catering for catered events only

Rio Grande (this is my absolute most favorite place to eat....ever)
Red Iguana
Neils FIsh Place in Draper (Good chicken fingers and fantastic fries)
Settebello Pizzeria
Lone Star Taqueria
Downtown Philly
Salt Lake BBQ
Q for U (BBQ in WVC - very authentic and yummy)
Litzas Pizza
Red Butte Cafe (Foothill)
Desert Edge pub/brewery (Trolley Square)
In and Out
So Cupcake
Mini's Cupcakes
Beyond Glaze

Mazzas (meditteranean and middle eastern) http://www.mazzacaf
India House in Midvale (80th south and state?)
The Original Pancake House in the sugarhouse area.

Chocolate Cake

Super Duper Yummy Crock Pot Chocolate Cake
(Courtesy of CJane)

1 package chocolate cake mix

1 container of sour cream (8 oz)
1 cup chocolate morsels
1 cup water
4 eggs
3/4 cup vegetable oil
1 package instant chocolate pudding mix

spray crock pot with nonstick cooking spray.
mix cake mix, sour cream, chocolate morsels, water, egss, oil
and pudding mix in a bowl by hand.
pour into crock pot.

cover and cook on low 6-8 hours or high 3-4 hours
NOTE:  I've made this cake a couple of times.  It was best with little dove dark chcolate squares and chocolate chips because they got all ooey and gooey.  I also recommend watching it closely and "undercooking" it.  I've got a fast, hot crock pot and on low, it cooked beautifully in about 3.5 hours.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

February Meeting

Thanks everyone that could come tonight to "discuss" The Mysterious Benedict Society.  Although we really just chatted and ate delicious chocolate cake (Annie can you post the recipe!?) I wanted to say that I really did like this book.  I thought it was creative and cute and I can't wait until my boys are older because this is the type of book I can see reading aloud to them chapter by chapter at bedtime.  I've got the 2nd book on hold at the library and can't wait to read that one, either.  Thanks Melinda for bringing it to the Christmas party so that we could read it!

Next month is discussing "The Help" by Kathryn Stockett at Michele's house on March 25th, and then we're discussing "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle" by Barbara Kingsolver at Rika's house on April 22nd. Makayla volunteered to host for May 27th but the book is still being decided. Wow, are we really planned this far in advance?!

Thanks again to all who came tonight!