For some, food is fuel. For others, food is art. For both, there’s a delicate balance that must be found so the art can be appreciated, and the fuel can keep us going. Not every pit-stop need be a banquet and sometimes we just need coffee and a bagel to get us through to our next meal.
Food, like art, brings people together. This weekend it’s been a pleasure to reconnect with a long-time friend that moved to the US shortly after I did, last summer. Having adapted to her new home in New York City, she was excited to see us, and the new life we had created in the middle of nowhere Mid West.
Our guest is one of those friends that I know will be for life. She is true to me as I am to her, she loves my wife, my son, and although we don’t see each other often enough, when we do, it’s like we saw each other yesterday. Anticipating the arrival of my friend, I hit the kitchen. Disaster struck. My Sheryl Crow inspired “Cannellini Bean Dip” was only salvaged when I turned into a “White Bean and Red Pepper Hummus”.
My main dish, Chicken, went from being a lemon-rosemary took a turn and was presented as an Italian Chickpea dish. Although I was a nervous wreck inside, I followed the golden rule learned from Auntie Julia (Child), never apologize for your food, and I served it with a smile, and Friday night was a success. Friday night was a success because food, like art, brings friends together. We eat, we share an experience, we create a memory, and we allow our friendships to form deeper bonds. This week, I open my blog to some new-found friends and host.
Fellow food-bloggers that love to cook, and feed just like I do. Our mutual interest gives me confidence that if were to meet, if we were to feed each other, to share a meal and a bottle of wine, we’d become friends too. Perhaps the best of friends. Please enjoy this month’s Kosher Cooking Carnival:
Batya has been busy writing and shares Post-Fast Problem, Grilled Chicken Livers, Marvelous at Marvad, “House Gifts,” What Do You Bring When Invited for a Meal?, First Time Quince Fruit Compote, posted at me-ander.
Emily Segal has some wonderful sound bites on her blog. Enjoy Sun-Dried Tomato and Pesto Bean Dips, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Blizzard, Rice Noodle Salad with Peanut-Coconut Sauce, 5772 here we go! posted at Triumph Wellness.
Mrs. S. presents Winter 5772 posted at Our Shiputzim: A Work In Progress and Ilana Davita shares a Swedish Fish Soup. Randy Powell presents Make your Coffee more Alkaline! posted at High Alkaline Foods Diet.
I disovered Everybody Likes Sandwiches and the post who is sharing a delicious looking Apple and Cheddar Quick Bread. If I cooked with dairy products, I would have made this already. It looks divine! Another great looking dairy recpie comes from The Moveable Feast – Spicy Squash Salad with Lentils and Goat Cheese.
My tagine is one of my favorite kitchen tools, and Rosa’s Yummy Yums has a great Spicy Carrot and Chickpea Tagine on her blog. Stumbling upon Good Looking Food, I know I have to make Zucchini Pasta soon.
What a great alternative to a carb-fueled dinner! Jillian has a tasty looking Zucchini Pizza I want to make too. My Little Expat Kitchen shares Spicy, Roasted Butternut Squash Salad with Lime, Chilli and a Yoghurt and Tahini Dressing which I plan to re-create without the yogurt. Yes, we really are completely dairy free at home!
Finally, Smitty and the Sweet Potatois the tale of a wonderful looking sweet potato bread.
This concludes my round-up. I hope I have inspired your palate and given you reason to cook for you friends, after all, what’s the point of having a kitchen if you’re not cooking for, or with, the people you love? To submit your blog article to the next edition of KCC us the carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on the blog carnival index page. If you would like to host KCC, contact Batya.