Lazy Friday

Lazy on the blogging front, that is. I'm being a crazy person at work. But I need to take a moment to brag about my book club, which is The New Awesome. We met a couple of weeks ago to chat about Animal, Vegetable, Miracle. The theme for the food was "local," and it just had to incorporate some kind of local product. Up here we have Weeks Jam, Aggie ice cream, Cox honey, and all kinds of good stuff. Here are some of the things we had:

Zollinger apple cider

Gossner's smoked squeaky cheese

Goldfish crackers from the nearby Pepperidge Farm plant, which, yes, kind of a cheat, but hey--I love me some goldfish. (Note: You can also buy 2-lb bags of Godiva chocolate for $8 there, which is pretty much the way to buy my love.)

I made a rustic apple tart using Pepperidge Farm puff pastry and brought Gossner's cream to pour over it. It was dang good, if I do say so myself, and really easy. The most time-consuming part was peeling and slicing all the apples.

(pic from Martha Stewart's Everyday Food: Great Foods Fast cookbook, which you should really go buy right now because it's amazing.)

Next month we're reading The City of Ember, and it's a bit trickier to know what kind of food goes really well with this. Only canned items? Food that grows in the dark? Bats and baby orcs? None of these sound especially appealing to me.


Miss Hass said... [reply]


Desmama said... [reply]

And, I might add, that apple tart tasted every bit as good as it looked.

Nemesis said... [reply]

Hass, thanks for the suggestion. Have you read the book?

Desmama, you are kind. I'm going to try the same recipe tonight with my frozen local peaches! Aw yeah . . .
Also I just realized that we met last Thursday. It just feels like it was weeks ago.

Jenny said... [reply]

Your bookclub sounds like it might be as cool as mine in a couple years. I'm so glad they got on board with the food idea. It's the best ever.

You could do all dark food. Like chocolate. Or things the color of lamplight. Or camping food.

Desmama said... [reply]

I thought we'd talked about doing foods that make you feel warm . . . ?

Nemesis said... [reply]

I couldn't remember what we decided, Desmama. We might want to send an email out since I don't think it was mentioned in the official one.

How about "Foods you have to close your eyes to eat"?

Janssen said... [reply]

I have about thirty of the Everyday Food magazines (thank you, Grannie). I LOVE them. Seriously, hardly a bad recipe in there.

And, should you feel like it could make the journey, I would be happy to receive such a tart in the mail.

April said... [reply]

I totally forgot about "City of Ember." I had planned to put that on my To Read list, thanks for reminding me! That's coming out as a movie with Bill Murray, I believe.

Science Teacher Mommy said... [reply]

Stop. You guys are making me jealous. I mean really, the tears smarting in the eyes jealous. :)

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