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Weekend Cooking: Cookbook Club

January 8, 2012

When I heard Fiction Addiction was starting a Cookbook Club, I thought it would be perfect for Carl and me since we enjoy cooking together, so I signed us up.   The cookbook club will explore 4 cookbooks a year, starting with Southern Biscuits by Nathalie Dupree and Cynthia Graubart.  Every month, each member is assigned a category of recipe to create (in this case: entree, biscuit, or dessert) and then chooses the specific recipe they want to prepare.  Everyone brings their dish to the meeting (at Palmetto Olive Oil Company) so we can taste and discuss them.

Our first meeting was last week and it was a resounding success.  There was a wonderful mix of people – experienced cooks as well as beginners – and everyone seemed to be excited to be there.  After everyone arrived and set their food out, we got down to the business of eating and, let me tell you, everything was delicious.  Between the two of us, I think Carl and I tried every dish and there wasn’t a stinker in the bunch.  After our bellies were full, we asked questions and talked about the recipes.  Only one person had difficulty with hers – everyone else proclaimed their recipes “easy” or “simple” to make.   We really loved all of the food we tried, but my favorite of the evening was the Pimento Cheese Biscuits and Carl’s was the Overnight Biscuit, Sausage, and Apple Casserole.  We’ll  meet again next month, cooking from the same cookbook, but we’ll each have a different assignment.   I think this is a fantastic way to experience a cookbook and, so far, I’d say Southern Biscuits is a winner!

Carl and I fixed the Lazy Girl Peach Cobbler and it was simple and good.

Lazy Girl Peach Cobbler

½ cup butter
1 cup self-rising flour
1 cup light or dark brown sugar
1 cup milk
2 cups sliced fresh or frozen peaches

Preheat over to 400 degrees F.

Cut the butter in slices and add to a 9 x 13 inch oven-to-table baking dish.  Melt on the middle rack of the oven.

Meanwhile, whisk together the flour, sugar, and milk until fairly smooth.  Remove the pan with the melted butter from the oven, pour the batter on top of the hot butter, which will sizzle a bit and rise a tad around the outside of the batter.  Quickly sprinkle the fruit over the top of the batter and put back in the oven.  Bake 40 minutes or until a fork or toothpick inserted in the cake part of the cobbler comes out clean.  This may be may be made ahead, left at room temperature a few hours, or refrigerated or frozen, carefully wrapped.  But it is at its very best served hot, straight from the oven.

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44 Comments leave one →
  1. January 8, 2012 6:10 am

    OMGosh, I love peach cobbler above any dessert on earth! I just made a multi-berry cobbler this past week and am ready to have the last of it after reading your post. I used frozen strawberry, raspberry and peach, then added blueberries. Yummy. Any way you slice it, cobbler is the best.

    I’m off to get some and to read …

    Deb/TheBookishDame

  2. January 8, 2012 8:21 am

    Oh how fun! I can’t wait to hear more.

  3. January 8, 2012 8:40 am

    What a fun idea for a club! And the cobbler looks great!

  4. January 8, 2012 9:10 am

    it is certainly simple…guess I will have to try it to know if it is delicious.
    hmmm..think I have some peaches in the freezer.

  5. Elisabeth permalink
    January 8, 2012 9:12 am

    A Cookbook Club, I am sooooooo jealous! Please keep us posted!

  6. January 8, 2012 9:39 am

    I am sooooooooooooo jealous too! And Nathalie Dupree is one of my favorite cookbook authors so I am *sure* the book was a hit. How cool that you have two meetings per book. Oh you lucky person.

  7. January 8, 2012 9:39 am

    What a great idea for a bookclub. I think I may have to throw that idea around at work. And I am going to have to try the peach cobbler recipe.

  8. January 8, 2012 10:39 am

    Sounds like a great time. Not calorie free but fun.

  9. January 8, 2012 11:03 am

    This sounds like such a fun idea. Years ago I had several of Dupree’s cookbooks but now that I think about it, I haven’t really heard much about her lately. I’m glad to see that she’s still around 🙂

  10. January 8, 2012 11:32 am

    What a terrific idea! That looks like so much fun. I think I would be with Carl on liking the Overnight Biscuit, Sausage, and Apple Casserole. Sounds yummy!

  11. January 8, 2012 11:39 am

    What an awesome idea! It’s a great way to try out a recipe or two…or three.

  12. January 8, 2012 12:35 pm

    So much fun! And, now I’m hungry…

  13. January 8, 2012 1:22 pm

    Fiction Addiction is the most creative book store I’ve heard of. The Chamber should be using them as part of their marketing plan for the city. I’m envious of your ability to participate in this and the other events at this shop. Your cobbler looks yummy plus easy to make.

  14. January 8, 2012 1:25 pm

    One of these days I need to come visit Fiction Addiction – my goal is to make considerable progress this year on opening my bookstore – sounds like i have the perfect one to model after with your indie! I’m always so envious of the activities you attend there! And the cookbook club – wow! what a fantastic, fun idea!

  15. January 8, 2012 2:23 pm

    A cookbook club is SUCH a fabulous idea! I’m glad you guys had such a good experience with it your first meeting! And that cobbler looks delish. 🙂

  16. January 8, 2012 2:36 pm

    What a fun idea!

  17. January 8, 2012 2:43 pm

    This is an awesome idea for a club. It combines too great things, food and cookbooks. Good way to try out cookbooks before buying them, or sampling all of the recipes. The cobbler looks tasty 🙂

  18. January 8, 2012 3:07 pm

    What fun! I copied your recipe and plan to make it (with gluten-free flour) this week! It’s looks yummy.

  19. January 8, 2012 3:19 pm

    What a GREAT idea!!! And so fun that your husband enjoys doing this kind of stuff with you 🙂

  20. January 8, 2012 3:20 pm

    Ok…that just sounds like lots of fun…there is nothing like that on the unfriendly East Coast…

    I used to love watching Nathalie Dupree when she had a cooking show on public television.

  21. January 8, 2012 3:27 pm

    That sounds so fun! I wish we had something here like that.

  22. January 8, 2012 3:55 pm

    A cooking club sounds like so much fun! And how cool that the dishes were good to eat too. 🙂

  23. January 8, 2012 4:37 pm

    Yum!! My hubby loves peaches, so I’m adding this to my recipe box.

    I love the idea of a cooking club! Glad you and Carl had a great time!

  24. Molly permalink
    January 8, 2012 4:59 pm

    Oh – that sounds like such fun! Geoff and I used to cook together – perhaps we can rekindle that activity when we retire.

  25. January 8, 2012 6:01 pm

    Fun, fun, fun! I’m quite envious.

  26. January 8, 2012 6:15 pm

    This sounds like such a fabulous idea! I wish our apartment were big enough to host something like this. Your peach cobbler looks delicious!

  27. January 8, 2012 9:03 pm

    oh my goodness! that looks absolutely delicious! i need to go out and find a cooking club myself! it sounds like so much fun.

  28. January 9, 2012 12:10 am

    Oh I am a little bit jealous! How fantastic would that be! It looks like a great time and a brilliant idea!

  29. January 9, 2012 12:36 am

    What an awesome idea for a club. Makes me want to start one here. If I could get someone else to do my cooking 🙂

  30. January 9, 2012 7:50 am

    I love the idea of a cookbook club. The recipes sound fantastic.

  31. January 9, 2012 8:29 am

    What a fun idea for a book club. I like it. I can’t wait to read more about this book club and to get cookbook recommendations based on how well the recipes turn out.

  32. January 9, 2012 1:38 pm

    Great idea, looks delicious and fun.

  33. January 9, 2012 3:20 pm

    What a fun idea!! I’m going to suggest a cookbook/pot luck meeting for my club. Thanks for sharing.

  34. January 9, 2012 3:40 pm

    What a fun idea for a book club. I bet all the food was yummy. Your peach cobbler looks so good!

  35. Staci permalink
    January 9, 2012 10:00 pm

    I absolutely must move to your area…so many cool authors come your way and now this outstanding cookbook club..I’m seriously jealous!!

  36. January 10, 2012 1:20 am

    What a great idea!

  37. January 10, 2012 6:26 am

    What a fantastic idea. Everything looks fabulous. Such an interesting way to find and use new books and recipes.

  38. January 10, 2012 9:04 am

    What an amazing experience!!! I wonder if there’s anything like this in Dallas.

    That peach cobbler looks to die for. Mmmm!

  39. January 10, 2012 10:43 am

    What a great group! It sounds like a bunch of fun! I have that cookbook on my wish list. I just may have to break down and get it even though I need to get rid of some cookbooks first. I can’t wait to see more of your group meetings.

  40. January 10, 2012 10:57 am

    I think it’s the best way to discover a cookbook : what a fabulous idea !

  41. January 11, 2012 7:54 pm

    Wow, what a fun club! I love the Lowcountry but you just have so much fun stuff to do upstate that I get jealous!

  42. January 12, 2012 3:09 pm

    This sounds like such a fun club!

  43. January 12, 2012 10:24 pm

    This is such a great idea for mixing food with books and meeting people. I love it! I wonder if there is something in my area that would be similar… off to check 🙂

  44. January 14, 2012 1:35 am

    I could easily make that vegan and my hubby would love it! It sounds like such a fun club!

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