Thursday, October 2, 2014

"Gone Girl", Book Club & Cabbage Chicken Salad

Our book club read Gone Girl for our November 2012 selection. I wrote this post last year and never got around to posting so in celebration of the Gone Girl Movie, opening this Friday October 3, 2014 I thought I would go ahead and post this.   

November 2012 book club was hosted by Rose, as always the house was festively dressed for the Thanksgiving holiday, radiating warmth. Rose usually hosts our November book club and since it usually falls after Thanksgiving Rose treats us with a Mexican feast, a nice change from all the turkey we have just consumed! 

Last year Thanksgiving fell during the last week of November so our book club was the week prior to the Turkey feasting. We were expecting Mexican and our Rose surprised us with a deliciously light and flavorful Asian Chicken Salad that delighted the taste buds!  

Kary's Broccoli Slaw with Chicken

This month was my selection, “Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn which we all thought was entertaining, which is not always the case. Some of our best conversations have been about books that not all of us cared for, the resulting discussions are exceptionally interesting and passionate. Several of our group read the books many months ago, so thanks to Rose and Katie for reminding of us of all the diabolical twists and turns involving Amy and Nick.  

We all agreed that this book was deliciously wicked and much of the discussion was about the author and what her background was. Some of the group believes that in order to write such a diabolical story, one would have to have experienced the situation at some level. However after reading Gillian’s short bio on her website it sounds like she has an amazing imagination, rather like Amazing Amy in her book.  

Every month we all look forward to gathering together, sharing a meal, lively conversation and most importantly the relationships that have deepened over the years. And this month the burning question for all of us was “How far you would go for revenge, and does your mind even think this way? 

Have you read the book? Are you going to see the movie? 

My book club buds; Anne, Elaine, Katie, Katy, Lynn, Rose and Rosemary, I love you ladies! See you next week at my house for book club.
Next week look for my next book club post "The Inventions of Wings" Sue Monk Kidd

 Cheers! Kary

Here’s my recipe for Broccoli Chicken Salad, similar to Asian Chicken Salad. I need to get Rose’s recipe for myself and to post.


• 1 packages of pre-shredded broccoli slaw (broccoli, carrots and red cabbage) or pre-shredded coleslaw or 1 small head of cabbage sliced

• 3 green onions diced

• 1 ½ to 2 cups of cooked chicken.

– 2 cooked chicken breasts, cut into bite size pieces or purchase roasted chicken and dice into bite size pieces. Use left over chicken for salad, sandwiches or toss with pasta

• 1/4 cup of raw shelled sunflower seeds or sliced almonds, toasted

• 1 3 oz package of Top Ramen noodles, chicken flavor

– You can use other flavors, I just like the chicken

• Dressing:

– 1/4 cup of olive oil

– 1 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar

– 1 teaspoon sugar or Steva

– 1 seasoning packet from the Top Ramen Noodles

Cooking Instructions:

• Rinse off the green onions, cut off the root and dice

• Rinse off the slaw in a colander and dry with a paper towel

• Cut the chicken into bite size pieces

• In a large bowl add slaw, diced green onions and chicken

• In a sauté pan heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil or non-stick cooking spray and toast the sunflower seeds on medium heat. Watch closely or the sunflower seeds will burn!

• In a small bowl whisk together olive oil, balsamic vinegar, sweetener and the Top Ramen seasoning packet

• Add the dressing to the large bowl and toss all ingredients

• Crumble the Top Ramen noodles (do not cook) and toss in the salad prior to serving for a crunchy salad

– You can refrigerate leftovers, the salad tastes great the next day even with the noodle soften from sitting over night in the salad

The salad is ready to serve at room temperature or chill.

 Do you have a favorite Cabbage/Asian Chicken Salad?
Cheers! Kary

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