Our latest meeting for Prose and Hos(e), the book club we started about a year ago (more on that in an upcoming post!), fell on the Monday before Thanksgiving. We decided to turn it into an early Friendsgiving to get everyone in the mood!
On the menu? We started with turkey meatballs, since making the real thing after work on a week night would be a stretch. Then added mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, roasted brussel sprouts, and sangria to complete the turkey-day meal.
After a massive failure to coordinate in advance, we did a late-in-the-game but productive run to the farmers market to stock up on ingredients — overdosing on fresh hebs in the process. If you figure out a way to resist the allure of fresh rosemary and thyme, let me know.
We then managed to whip it all together in Taryn’s micro-kitchen in Hell’s Kitchen using professional coordination – an attempt to make up for our lack of preparation, I suppose. Season the turkey. And switch. Peel the potatoes. To the oven. And switch again. Who says you need a lot of counter space to create a homecooked meal in NYC?
We set ourselves up around Taryn’s coffee table – shifting the enormous sangria bowl to the side table – and everyone dug in. Brussel sprout-haters were converted. Turkey meatball skeptics gobbled them down. Everyone ate too many mashed potatoes. In between bites, we dove into the discussion on our latest book.
On the bookshelf? The Girl on a Train. A fun, smart thriller that you should read over the holidays since it’s hard to put down. Of all the books we’ve read this past year (including Where’d You Go Bernadette?, The Secret History, Lila and Yes Please!) this was definitely the most universally liked. If you’ve ever been part of book club, you know that’s a rare treat.
After some more deliciousness, dessert (choclate covered espresso beans!) and belly laughs later, we all left Taryn’s place for home, feeling a lot more festive then when we walked in.