Book Club Brunch

Well the spring semeseter is wrapping up as my students finish taking their final exams! This is shaping up to be a busy, exciting summer. The first adventures in the line up are going to Indiana for a week and then at the end of June, Dan offically moves to Baltimore! Get excited!

April was my turn to host book club and I decided to have a brunch since breakfast is pretty much my favorite type of meal. I made one sweet dish, and 1 savory dish with both a meat and veggie option.

This banana bread recipe from Smitten Kitchen has quickly become my go to. It's easy to make, and hands down the best tasting banana bread I've made. I used to try out different banana bread recipes, but I plan on sticking with this one for a good while. The only changes I make are to leave out the bourbon, add chocolate chips, and I use ginger instead of cloves since I don't usually have those on hand.

For the savory dish I used this recipe for a bacon, egg, and potato casserole from theKitchn. Since I wanted to have a meat and a veggie option available, I divided the recipe in two. For the meat version I stuck to the recipe and used fresh tomatoes that I had on hand from the farmer's market rather than the sun-dried tomatoes it called for. For the veggie version, I sauteed the onions, peppers, and garlic in olive oil and then added in a cup of frozen broccoli the same time I added in the potatoes. I don't like eggs any way except for fried, but I did get a request for the recipe, so I'm guessing it tasted good!

As for the book, we read The Sisters Brothers by Patrick DeWitt. I absolutely loved it! It reminded me of True Grit by Charles Portis. It was funny, and was a fairly quick read.

Other books I've read recently:

Swamplandia was the book club selection from March. I had been wanting to read it as well, so I was happy that it was chosen. I was slightly disappointed though for all the rave reviews it got. It was not what I expected at all.

 Happy Ever After was your typical everyday Nora Roberts book. I had read the other three books in the series and wanted something a bit lighter to follow up Swamplandia.
We Were the Mulvaneys I got for $.25 at a used bookstore. I couldn't figure out why it was so cheap until the binding started to fall apart while I was reading. It was worth it though! I loved this book. I felt like the characters could've been real life people and it was refreshing after reading a "fairy tale romance" that probably never happens to anyone in real life. This book had me bawling.
Dan got me The Giant's House for my birthday and I just finished it last night. I cried at the end of this one too. Although it says it's a romance, and it is, it's not your typical romance. It's very real and I thouroghly enjoyed it. A good beach read since it was easy to read and had lots of good stopping points!

I've already started in on my next book: West of Here by Jonathan Evison...yup, I got the recommendation from the back of the Sisters Brothers...it's fine!


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