Book Club Brunch/Tablescape

Remember yesterday when I showed you how easy it was to make a set of designer Plates for under $5.00? here… well here they are joining us for our monthly Book Club Brunch, along with this week’s 1

And the book we plan to read…
“THE HURRICANE SISTERS”, by Dorothea Benton Frank……
The Hurricane Sisters

Now onto our table and what’s for lunch!

The feeling is summery…..light and easy going…….

I love simple, delish little bites that can be made with what you have in the house! I made these for Today…….the entire menu will consist of Cauliflower soup with garlic & Parmesan croutons, Zucchini-Corn Fritters, Tomato & Basil with a drizzle of EVOO and ground pepper and wine Spritzers…….the idea is not to make the table or the food the star of the day – its about getting together and all the latest gossip! and of course the book we will read this month!

The table setting is everything I have in the kitchen pantry…..Even John Henry came for lunch! You can read about here…The black & White fabric from Walmart, the napkins are vintage Ralph Lauren that I found at a yard sale for .25 cents each! Yup! Scooped them up super quick! The black plates and glass footed bowls are from TJ Maxx and the polka dot salad plates I made yesterday! My wine glasses are so old I can’t remember where I got them! but I love them…..I copied the front of the book we are going to read and made a simple menu cover out of it and just free handed the menu on the back…Enjoy!

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Zucchini-Corn Fritters



2 medium zucchini, coarsely shredded

Kosher salt

1 tablespoon unsalted butter

1/2 small onion, finely chopped

1 clove garlic, finely chopped

2 ears corn, kernels cut off 1/2 cup yellow cornmeal

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

Freshly ground pepper

3/4 cup buttermilk

1 large egg

Vegetable oil, for frying


Toss the zucchini with 1/2 teaspoon salt in a bowl; let stand 10 minutes. Wrap the zucchini in a kitchen towel and squeeze dry.

Meanwhile, heat the butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until slightly softened, about 4 minutes. Add the corn and cook, stirring occasionally, until crisp-tender, about 3 minutes. Set aside.

Whisk the cornmeal, flour, baking soda, 3/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper in a medium bowl. Whisk the buttermilk and egg in a large bowl, then stir in the corn-onion mixture and zucchini. Add the cornmeal mixture and stir until just combined.

Heat about 1/8 inch vegetable oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Working in batches, scoop scant 1/4 cupfuls of the batter into the oil and use the back of the measuring cup to flatten the scoops. Cook until the fritters are golden brown, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Drain on paper towels and sprinkle with salt. Serve warm or at room temperature. (You can make the fritters up to 2 hours ahead; reheat in a 375 degrees F oven on a rack set on a baking sheet.)

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  1. Wow, gorgeous table! The black and white with sunflowers looks perfect for summer, and the menu sounds delicious. The food is presented beautifully, too! I love the idea of using those mini trifle bowls for soup!

    • Thanks Tricia! I’m always trying to find new uses for what I have….and the little Trifle bowls worked out fine! We were too busy chatting anyway! thanks for visiting – please come by anytime!

  2. Wow, this is beautiful! I love what you did with the book cover at each setting, and the books under the centerpiece. Your book club appears to be more upscale than mine 😉 Very nice job!

    • Oh, Thanks Julie! I think we do more chatting about everything other than the book we choose! But we have a lot of fun ……thanks so much for stopping by! please come on back!

  3. This is so, so, SO pretty! I’m pretty sure this is my first visit to your site via Susan’s Tablescape Thursday. I am just overjoyed at what a pretty table you have set! Not only is it a feast for the eyes, but one for the palate! The food is gorgeous! I am growing basil this year, and it is doing very well. (This is no small feat…I tend to kill everything in this crazy Kansas City clay dirt!)

    I love it that you played off the black & white in the parasol on the book. Very cool! I’ll have to pop over to see how you created those pretty polka-dot salad plates because they have a totally professional look to them! LOVE the menu!!!!!!!!! It makes perfect sense to use the book cover design because it goes so well with the table design!

    I’ve belonged to a movie club, but never a book club. I couldn’t even get into it when Oprah started her whole book club craze. I think college pretty much killed reading for me for the rest of my life! 🙂

    Beautiful job, and I hope you and your book club members enjoy many, many more of these very special events. Have a great weekend!

    • Thanks Alycia! Your kind words mean so much to someone relatively new to Blogland! And never give up on growing Basil! I have it in pots on the deck, and no matter how I abuse it I always have basil! I grow Rosemary, Oregano and Thyme….and the tomatoes are doing great in pots too! The DIY plates are so, so easy! I just found a set of dinner plates and dessert plates in a consignment shop, and can’t wait to start another set of dishes! I’m thinking Fall! I try to reuse my dishes and change out the linens….its cheaper than buying new dinnerware! Our little book club does more laughing and gossiping than discussing books! but its a great way to get the girls together and force us to take some down time and read!
      Please come back again! gots lots planned for the summer….
      You have a wonderful day……Keep planting!

  4. Lovely and elegant. The way you have layered the polka dots on the gingham checks is so creative and fun!

  5. Love your table. The black and white is a great combination! How was the read for your book club? We are always looking for titles at mine.

  6. Love it! I’m a black and white nut! Your polka dot plates are adorable~I have been thinking of reading that book too, so I am totally fascinated with everything you have going on here~also zucchini fritters, yes please!

  7. Wow, your food looks wonderful. Great looking tablescape too. A++ would be your grade.

    • Thank you Bonnie! The fritters were Soooo good! and easy…….thanks for stopping by please visit again!

  8. How fun and pretty! I haven’t read that book, but I’m sure it’s a goodie. And the food all looks nummy! Thanks for sharing at Fridays Unfolded!


  9. Black and white is so striking. You’ve made it warm and welcoming too. I am always on the look out for inspiration for my own table and new uses for dishes. Visiting from Rattlebridge Farm this morning. Have a good weekend.

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