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bookclub reading "the help" what to serve

toncasmo Jul 11, 2011 08:59 PM

not sure if this is right forum but if anyone has read the help what would you serve to "go with" the book...and i have a vegetarian in my group
so far i have deviled eggs, pulled pork and a "fake" pork one,
sweet tea
either choc cake or caramel cake
what else?
thank you

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    nikkihwood Jul 11, 2011 09:12 PM

    Pimento cheese. open-face sandwiches, or on crackers.

    and red velvet cake.

    OH! and this is such a terrific book. I am looking forward to the movie next month.

    1. rcallner Jul 11, 2011 09:25 PM

      Fried green tomatoes. Blackeyed peas (I like to do them into a Mississippi caviar style). Sauteed collard greens.

      (I like the food, I gotta say I didn't like the book. Too Hallmark, too light and simple and forgiving for the topic. Jim Crow lite.)

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      1. re: rcallner
        karenfinan Jul 12, 2011 05:36 PM

        Re:book, totally agree with you. Also agree with food suggestions. Also boiled peanuts are a regional fave

      2. LaLa Jul 11, 2011 09:42 PM

        Chocolate pie if your club has a sense of humor...stick with the caramel cake if not ;)

        I would do it very jr league...little sandwiches, deviled eggs, dainty things

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        1. re: LaLa
          boogiebaby Jul 11, 2011 09:48 PM

          I was going to suggest chocolate pie too. :)

          Otherwise, beans, caramel cake, roast beef and biscuits, fried pork chops, deviled eggs, and ladyfinger cake come to mind.

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          MelMM Jul 12, 2011 04:52 AM

          You might check out this article that talks about preparing the food for the movie:

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          1. re: MelMM
            toncasmo Jul 12, 2011 08:02 AM

            thanks so much every one- love the pimento cheese idea and black eyed peas. will work for the vegetarian too
            think i'm going with chocolate pie....

            1. re: toncasmo
              toncasmo Jul 12, 2011 08:04 AM

              and i just this past weekend saw a great recipe for pimento cheese in a magazine and can't remember where i saw it!! dang

              1. re: toncasmo
                LaLa Jul 12, 2011 12:35 PM

                Hand grated sharp chedder, pimentos with a tad of the juice, mayo to bind (hellmans or Dukes)

            2. re: MelMM
              LaLa Jul 12, 2011 12:30 PM

              I just was leafing though my food and wine and was coming to report...lol

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              jeanmarieok Jul 12, 2011 12:38 PM

              Ham biscuits, too. Little dainty ones.

              1. southernitalian Jul 12, 2011 12:41 PM

                Having lived in the South for 16 years, I can highly recommend cheese straws. Definitely deviled eggs and 'minner (Pimento) cheese served with celery sticks.

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                  Sherri Jul 12, 2011 05:49 PM

                  See if you can get your hands on a book "Baing Dead is No Excuse, The Official Southern Ladies Guide to Hosting the Perfect Funeral" by Metcalfe & Hays. It's a great read with loads of real recipes - any of which would be perfect for your Book Club meeting.

                  Personally, I would substitute chicken salad for the pulled pork. Chicken Salad is THE penultimate Southern Lady Luncheon dish.

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                  1. re: Sherri
                    LaLa Jul 12, 2011 08:32 PM

                    or shrimp salad as we do on the coast

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