“Dear March — Come in —
How glad I am —
I hoped for you before —
Put down your Hat —
You must have walked —
How out of Breath you are —
Dear March, Come right up the stairs with me —
I have so much to tell —”
Selection from Dear March – Come In, Emily Dickinson
March has finally arrived! I am ready for spring and all the promises that comes with the season. I am ready for the snow to melt, for the needle on the thermometer to inch upwards past 17*, for the sunshine to appear instead of the snow that is falling lazily out the window. I am more than ready to see the stunning verdant green outside my car window as I drive along the winding roads in the countryside.
Food blogging is not always glamorous. As much as I look forward to trying out a new recipe, I also know there will be a sinkful of dishes ready to greet me at the end of it all. I use the dishwashing time to quiet my mind. Sometimes this is thinking about the next recipe I am going to tackle, what is for dinner hours from now or when ‘Call the Midwife’ starts up again.
Yesterday, I told you about some easy side salads I pulled together to accompany our little dinner party on Friday. Today, I will share with you this easy as can be pulled pork recipe and a few shortcut techniques that will have you enjoying the party instead of hanging in the kitchen, pulling your hair out, while everyone else is chatting it up in the other room. This guy was all ready for the party…
We recently had a dinner party in our new home. Though it was not the first round of guests we have hosted, it was the first time we had more than one person at a time. You can imagine my mind was hard at work creating a menu for six that would be simple to put together. I love to host people for parties. Remember the summer party where everyone could grill up their own pizza? Or the winter bourbon bash? Such fun!
We are in the middle of winter and the weather has been positively wild. Snow storms that send us snowshoeing in 17* weather, quickly turns toward 40 degree days with the sun shining makes me feel like there is hope…spring will come soon! My menu leaned towards a taste of summer in the midst of the sleet, freezing rain and ice outside the front door. I am going to split this menu into two posts. Today I will share the salad sides and the next post will be the main star – pulled pork! Come on…let’s go!
Childhood. I wonder what kittenhood felt like to Mr. Michel. He wandered the streets as a kitten until Sweet Z rescued him from the depths of despair. My childhood was filled with lots of breads…and this bread certainly tasted familiar to me. However, this recipe was recently passed down to me from my mother in law who used to make this bread for her family some thirty years ago.
Today I am reaching back, waaaaaay back, diving headfirst into my disorganized photo archives for footage of one of the best single serving cakes I have made. My search through my photo archives led to me to two conclusions. One: I used my iPhone exclusively for the blog until April of 2012 when a new Canon camera entered my life and changed the way I look at food forever. The photos from this post are pre-Canon, and they were taken in my old kitchen. Whoa. Two: I really should start to organize my photos, recipes, and other things into some type of spreadsheet because I am really starting to confuse myself! Friends, what is the best way to do this? Enter this melty chocolate cake. This cake will take away all the cares of the world in 20 minutes…maybe 30 minutes if you make up some freshly whipped cream (spiced with a dash of
cinnamon bourbon?) The source of this little masterpiece? Joy the Baker: 101 Simple and Comforting Recipes.