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Thursday, July 3, 2014
I love blogging.
It keeps me sane.
It's someone to talk to everyday (you), and it forces me to be creative and always on my toes (in the kitchen).
"What is the BEST thing you have ever eaten?", people ask me that question all the time.
I don't know, there are so many delicious things I have eaten over the years, it's hard to choose.
Most of the special, memorable meals I have enjoyed have been while traveling or eaten in my grandmother's home many years ago.
One meal that immediately comes to mind was eaten with my boyfriend (now husband), in my early 20's in Lenox, Massachusetts during a blizzard.
We went on a ski trip to the Berkshires and almost didn't make it because of the weather.
We stopped in a little country inn with candlelit tables and people cross country skiing in the street at night, we had a perfect window view of the dreamlike scenery.
I know I ate a pasta dish and drank some red wine, but the food is not what mattered. The evening was magical, and 27 years later, I still remember it. It was beautiful.
Another time, starving in the old city of Montreal, looking for food, we stumbled into a butcher shop where the sign read Boucherie/Charcuterie.
They had a little back room with red & white checkered tablecloths and French pork products hanging from the ceiling. We ordered at the counter and I had a vegetable and Gruyere sandwich on a gorgeous baguette w/ French mustard wrapped in paper, my husband had a sandwich of duck rillettes and mustard.
It was the best sandwich I have ever eaten to this day.
Another memorable meal was a gorgeous al fresco dinner at my friend Sharon's beautiful home in Normandy, where her husband cooked up a simple meal as if he were a professional chef....the beautiful table setting, the magnums of Bordeaux, the French countryside air (sans bugs) and the company as well as the fantastic food made this a memorable evening.
As for food in restaurants, the most recent was in Philadelphia, where the meal at Zahav, a modern Israeli restaurant was amazing and memorable, and the same goes for that ridiculous roast chicken for 2 at The Nomad in NYC stuffed w/ foie gras and truffles, certainly memorable.
So much food, so little time.
Life is too short to eat bad food.
I try and make every meal count (maybe not memorable!).
This recipe blog started 6 years ago as a way to keep track of my recipes for myself as well as for my friends.
I hope you are creating some memorable meals in your kitchen or during your travels and that this blog helps you to do so.
For my 6th blog anniversary, I am giving away 3 copies of my new favorite cookbook A Change of Appetite by Diana Henry (watch out Ottolenghi).
This book is so gorgeous, it's as if it was written for me personally, I want to make everything in this book.
Just leave a comment telling us your most memorable meal (and your name!) and 3 lucky winners will receive a book!
Thanks for reading me all these years and have a happy, safe 4th of July.