September is that great turning point between an Indian Summer and fall. I like to tuck away my brainless beach books and add something a little more challenging to the top of my book stack. Our choice for this month’s Book Club was also a good transition between light reading and thought-provoking reading… it was right the right amount of “serious” and “interesting.” A Light Between Oceans is about a former soldier who seeks solitude as the lightkeeper on an isolated island. He’s forced to make a tough internal and life changing decision when a baby washes up in a boat on his island. Months later, when he returns to the mainland, he begins to realize the consequences of his decision. Like an episode of ABC’s “What Would You Do?” I found myself asking myself the same question reading this book. Funny thing is, I found myself making a case for either choice… internal dilemma. A good read!
For the “cuisine” side of our book club, I made a warm, hearty and spicy Chorizo Corn Chowder.
It felt appropriate given the slight chill returning to the air in the Pacific Northwest. It also matched the subject of the book: an isolated island that needs to be warmed up with a bit of love you can only find in a steaming bowl of soup.
For dessert, I had to show a little more love to my favorite fall culinary accessory… the pumpkin, of course. My pantry is stocked with cans of pumpkin… no problem there… and I had some ricotta left over from a previous recipe. Thus was born the Pumpkin Ricotta White Chocolate Cookies. The pumpkin and ricotta keeps these cookies so moist and gooey, they will surely melt in your mouth!
If you’re interested in the book, Amazon has some good deals for your Kindle. You can also get a good deal if you like “turning the pages” of a traditional book!
Until next time…