sharing meals and memories all year long
I’m thrilled to announce a new collaboration with my good friend, Michael Kiser, the one and only Good Beer Hunting. We recently got together to work on the first installment of a new series on his blog, pairing simple good food with great beers. Head on over to Good Beer Hunting to check out GBH Provisions #1 to read about my pimento cheese spread paired with a delicious brew from Ommegang.
photo credit Michael Kiser, GBH
Wow, that was a long hiatus. Good news is I’m breaking out of my hibernation, trying to keep my tail from falling between my legs. Everyday life has a sneaky way of taking over, and I’ve learned that I’ve really got to fight to stay afloat sometimes.
There is a new project on the horizon, just as the tomato plants are budding, the lettuces are being harvested and our CSA is about to begin. Stay tuned, friends. I’ve missed you.
52! a pizza party to celebrate!
This is my 52nd post! And it’s only September! How about that! To celebrate, I suggested having a homemade pizza party for a recent gathering with some good friends, to bring this project full circle. That doesn’t mean I’m quitting though, friends! Don’t you worry. Despite the next few months being insanely busy (we’re renting a house for the weekend to host 9 family members for Henry’s second birthday, Craig is doing quite a bit of travel and we are moving next month) I have every intention of continuing with this project. This challenge has been so great for me, pushing me to experiment with new recipes and revisit old ones, spend more time with the people I love, and relax and enjoy dinner parties more than I ever have before.
Besides, it was a challenge to cook once a week for others, not just make 52 things. I’m not finished!
I’ve decided that a pizza party is just about the most perfect party you can have with a large group, and I’m already planning the next one. Maybe I’ll start a new project called 52pizzas. And also 52cocktails. I didn’t make any cocktails for this little get together, but I did drink quite a bit of wine, to make up for it.
We had 4 couples present at this shindig, so I made two batches of my pizza crust, one white and one whole wheat, to make 4 delicious pizzas. I assigned each couple (the wives, more accurately) one pizza to gather the ingredients for. We assembled and chatted and shared exciting news (a pregnancy! an upcoming move! twins on the way!) and drank (me probably more than anyone else) and sat outside enjoying the music from the birthday bash happening next door. A fun time was had by all.
What we made (clockwise starting at the top left)
- Basil pesto, mozzarella and tomato on white crust
- Mushroom, spinach, mozzarella and marinara on whole wheat crust
- Gorgonzola, pears and walnuts on whole wheat crust
- BBQ sauce, chicken, mushroom and mozzarella on white crust
And not a slice of pizza was left at the end of our meal.
I’m going to keep up my challenge, cooking for someone else at least once a week. But I’m also adding mini challenges to myself in the meantime. Try more new things, eat out a lot less, make more meals using food I already have on hand. In between posting about my meals for others I’ll start adding some recipes, tips, photos and musings on what I’m making at home for my little family as well. What we do with our CSA box. Things like that.
So - three cheers to making it this far in my challenge, and a big fat THANK YOU to you, my friends, family and loyal readers, for supporting me and pushing me forward. I love you. xoxo