Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Book Review - An Embarrassment of Mangoes

By Ann Vanderhoof

Hatties’ Daytime Book Group
December 4, 2012

If you've ever had the desire to leave the everyday world behind and sail away to the lush life of the Caribbean then this is a must read book for you. Vanderhoof details how to plan and work, very hard, to make this endeavor happen.  Ann and Steve invite you along on their journey of physical hardship and self- discovery. An Embarrassment of Mangoes is a well written novel that steps out of the ordinary and shows what can happen when you let wonderful people enter your life and your heart.

Plus, this book offers an added bonus! Lots of yummy recipes...

Monday, December 17, 2012

Recipe Share From "Beyond the Hedges..."

Beyond the Hedges From Tailgating to Tea Parties was the most purchased cookbook for 2012 at Hattie's. To celebrate we are sharing a recipe!

This recipe is delicious... but obviously not healthy, perfect for holiday entertaining!

Warm Bacon Cheese Spread 1 (16oz) round sourdough bread
1 8 oz cream cheese, softened
1 12 oz container sour cream
2 c. shredded cheddar cheese
1 1/2 tsp Worcestershire Sauce
3/4 lb sliced bacon, cooked and crumbled
1/2 c chopped green onions
Assorted crackers

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Cut top quarter off of bread and set aside., Carefully hollow out bread, leaving a 1 inch shell.  Cut removed bread and loaf top into cubes, set aside.  In a large mixing bowl, beat cream cheese with an electric mixer.  Add sour cream, cheddar cheese and Worcestershire, mixing well until combined.  Stir in bacon and onion Spoon into bread shell.  Wrap in heavy foil. Bake 1 hour.  Serve with crackers and reserved bread cubes.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Lunch with June Hall McCash

Jan. 15, 2013 at 12 noon
$30: Includes lunch and a copy of Almost to Eden or Plum Orchard
Or $44: Includes lunch and a hard cover copy of A Titanic Love Story

Lunch choices are:
4 salad medley, cookie
Turkey Avocado Club , Broccoli Salad, chips , cookie

Reservations and pre-payment required. 
554-8677 or

Monday, December 3, 2012

Now in Paperback - December

The Cove
A Novel, by Ron Rash
“Set during World War One, The Cove is a novel that speaks intimately to today’s politics. Beautifully written, tough, raw, uncompromising, entirely new. Ron Rash is a writer’s writer who writes for others.”
-Colum McCann

The Paris Wife
A Novel, by Paula McLain
“This beautifully written story captures that electric time, the 1920's in that electric city, Paris, through the eyes of Hadley Hemingway, Ernest Hemingway's first wife. While Hadley reveals the strengths and, ultimately the weaknesses in her complex and fascinating marriage, readers are treated to a novel rich in detail and riddled with real-life characters who fascinate us all.” -- Jeanne Regentin, Between the Covers, Harbor Springs, MI

The Snow Child
A Novel, by Eowyn Ivey

“This love story, set in Alaska, is really a love story about Alaska. Ivey describes the achingly beautiful landscape without making it seem an easy place to live. Based on an old fairy tale, this is the story of a childless couple who make a snow child one evening only to find a real little girl the next day. As the girl grows through the years, we know that this enchanting story will have the twists that we have come to expect with tales that teach us lessons about life. Friendships, marriage, parenthood, and survival -- all set in an unforgiving but entrancing landscape. I loved it!” -- Valerie Koehler, Blue Willow Bookshop, Houston, TX

White Truffles in Winter
A Novel by N. M. Kelby
“This richly layered novel is based on the life of legendary chef Auguste Escoffier, who popularized French cooking methods at his restaurants at The Savoy and The Ritz at the beginning of the 20th century. Escoffier's love for two women: the beautiful, iconic actress Sarah Bernhardt and his lovely, poetess wife, Delphine Daffis, is at the heart of this complex tale. The characters are vivid and the food -- oh, the food -- is delicious!” -- Erica Caldwell, Present Tense, Batavia, NY