Friday, November 19, 2010


Pasta with butternut squash, Brussels sprouts, and
hazelnut brown butter

I recently had lunch with a group of food bloggers. Yeah, I know. Crazy. It could have been intimidating--these are accomplished with-it women and trust me, they all have it going on food-wise. But I really had a great time. Good food, good company. How can you go wrong? Plus, one of them baked me a cake. And I got a parking spot right in front of the restaurant! Took me an hour and a half to figure out how to get the parking kiosk thingie to spit out a ticket, but at least I didn't end up putting an entire block's worth of parking on my credit card. I hope.

We introduced ourselves to each other (some of us had never met) and we talked about our blogs--how long we'd been blogging, what got us started, where we saw it all going. Andrea's blog has a food anthropology vibe and a delicious-sounding recipe for cranberry ketchup that I WILL make for Thanksgiving. Lea Ann has been featured in Cook Eat Share, and has a great curry recipe on her blog right now. Carter is brilliant and funny and promised me some of her spiced bourbon. Last but not least, Kirsten, who organized the lunch and can bake a cake (and anything else) like nobody's business.

Our blogs and lives are very different from each other's but we agreed on one thing: Giada De Laurentiis can't possibly eat her own food. My lunch mates also think her boobs are man-made, but since I'm mammarily challenged and have no frame of reference, I vote they're real.

Have a great weekend, everybody!


  1. Sorry I departed before the Giada convo. But, I do agree she is a skinny thing. When I lived in Italy I was so surprised at how thin the Italian women were - despite eating so much pasta. Although they do much more walking than we do in the U.S.

    Thanks for the plug.

  2. ok, where do I begin with this...I never did figure out that parking meter kiosk credit card thing. Finally had to walk into the restaurant and get change. And LOL, too bad you didn't buy the whole block, I was parked right behind you and also couldn't believe I didn't have to walk 15 blocks. I'm accomplished and "with-it"????? :-) Great lunch! And man was that pasta good. Loved meeting you, Andrea and isn't Carter just the cutest!!!

  3. Sounds like a wonderful lunch! Thanks for the links too. I had to add them to my google reader. I love reading food blogs!

    I had never seen a credit card meter before I parked in downtown Denver. I thought it was handy once I figured it out!

  4. Sounds like a really fun time! And I agree with the whole Giada thing...I think that what you see her eat on tv has to be ALL she eats :)

  5. I am so impressed about you cooking our lunch dish right away. It was delicious.
    Let's all get together soon. It was a lot of fun! Was the cake any good? I hope it wasn't too dry (honestly). Usually I at least try the recipe once before giving it out as a gift.
    Getting ready for all the guest arriving soon. Blog life has to wait until after Thanksgiving.
    Liebe Gruesse

  6. Lucky you! Good friends, good food, good writing - that's really a fantastic conjunction of events.

  7. Sounds like you had a fun fun meeting! Who would have thought that blogging would bring you meetings like this...

    And now I am hungry.


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