I have been putting off writing this blog post for over a month now. It might be because of procrastination, it might be because I am hungry and trying to lose weight and this food looks so good, or it might be because if I write this post that means that my CBC days are almost over.

I started the Charm City Cookbook Club, as it is now known, almost 4 years ago to make friends, cook, eat, and expand my cookbook collection. The CBC has become much more than I ever thought it would. I have made friends and grown relationships to a level that I didn’t think possible. Of the original members Alayne is the only one left, but added or departed we have some amazing women that have cooked with us. I am moving to Houston in September and I hope to make another meeting or two in the next year when I come back to visit but I will be reading this blog and sometimes cooking along with all the great food. Keep it up ladies! P7101380

July was my last month of hosting. So sad. I love my Baltimore kitchen and will miss the great light, huge sink, and island table that have made cooking there enjoyable. For my last meeting I picked Ad Hoc at Home. It seemed fitting to do a homey book to celebrate. We have cooked out of almost all of Thomas Keller’s books, The French Laundry being the most notable. This book did not disappoint.

During the last 4 years there have been a lot of changes. The cutest being the addition of Miss Colette….she is one lucky baby to get to eat this food. P7101387


Our first dish was made by Alayne who like Maria in the soup to come used wonderful local produce and made Tomato and Mozzarella Salad. The kitchen started to smell amazing when she began cutting the tomatoes.



and here it is. It tasted as amazing as it looks.


Next Maria cheated a little but to our benefit and made her Sun Gold Tomato Gazpacho ahead. This was the best Gazpacho I have ever had. And Colette drank a whole cup of it!


To serve with the salad as an appetizer Julie cooked little Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs. I could have eaten the who tray. They were light but rich and a great match to the salad.



The main course was fun. I made a Leek Bread Pudding that was to die for and Robby’s could not stop eating at 12:00 that night. To go with that I made Marinated Skirt Steak, not just with beef but with beef and buffalo that I got from the farmer’s market. http://www.gunpowderbison.com/

You can see the difference in the color of the meat above. Our favorite turned out to be the buffalo. It was more flavorful and more tender.


To end this great meal Joanne made Peaches & Cream. Another perfect use of local fresh produce. The cream took a bit of work but Joanne is amazing and turned out the perfect desert.

Thank you all, I will miss you so much.