|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!