Camembert Cheese with Island Salsa and Spiced, Candied Pecans

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I love my book club!  We have great discussions about the books we read. Tonight was Neighborhood Book Club, I look forward to our meeting every month.  I asked our wonderful host, Nancy, if there was anything I could bring.  She said “sure, something with an Island flair”.  The book we read and discussed was “The Marriage of Opposites” by Alice Hoffman.  I highly recommend this great read, we all loved it!  The book takes place in St. Thomas and France.  Mostly in St. Thomas, and that is why Nancy requested I bring something with an Island flair.  Perfect, I thought to myself.  I had just bought a jar of Trader Joe’s new Island Salsa and decided to bring something that would incorporate that.  I poured the salsa over Camembert Cheese and sprinkled chopped spicy, candied pecans over the top and served it with crackers.  It made for a very flavorful appetizer.

Author: Sunshine and Savory

I love when my house is filled with people, having friends and family over for a meal feeds my soul. There is nothing I enjoy more than preparing for a dinner party, a holiday dinner, or a book club meeting when it's my turn to host ... If I could, I would own a Bed and Breakfast! This would ensure I'd always have someone to prepare a meal for. Being with others and sharing my table is what I look forward to most. I was born in Wisconsin and after I got married in 1987, my husband and I moved west for his job. He had just graduated college and we were married a couple months later. An interesting tidbit about me is that I never cooked a meal before I got married. I taught myself how to cook and found that I really enjoyed it. One of the first meals I made after we were married was a shrimp pasta dish. I made this for myself when my husband was on business travel and I had so much fun inventing this meal - this was the start of my love of cooking. I probably won't be posting much on shrimp dishes, since I am now allergic. Big bummer! I was allergic to lobster, and then had an issue with scallops, so just never had a shrimp after the scallop incident. Why couldn't I be allergic to something less enjoyable?! My favorite celebrity chefs are Ina Garten and The Pioneer Woman. I hope you enjoy my blog!

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