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Archive for October, 2009

The Blog-iversary!

One year ago yesterday, I posted my first entry on this blog.  I was, like most people that start blogs, terrified.  I really didn’t feel like I had anything to say about food that people would care about; I just knew I thought about cooking all the time and maybe this would be a fun creative outlet.  5,897 views later, you, my dear friends, have shocked me by not only reading this blog and checking back, but actually MAKING some of the things I write about!!!  It is gratifying and humbling at the same time, because I realize I need to make darn sure the recipes I put up here are good, do-able and correct.  The past few months have been a dry spell since I’ve been away from home so much (in fact, I counted it up the other day and I’ll have been home to sleep in my own bed for only 27 nights out of 92 in August, September and October).  But I’m done traveling for a while, and there is a crispness to the air, which always makes me want to be inside and cook warm food that makes the house smell cozy and wonderful.  And there’s Thanksgiving to look forward to – this year we’re planning a New Orleans themed menu!

So all that to say, thanks.  Thanks for reading, and thanks for making this little project so incredibly rewarding, much more so than I had expected.  And a special shout-out to Julie (you know which one) who has been my loudest and most loyal cheerleader!

BON APPETIT!

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Winter S’mores

We certainly enjoyed some yummy New England treats on our trip last week – clam chowder, lobster rolls, maple syrup, apple cider, etc.  I don’t have any recipes for you from those tasty foods, but I do have one useful camping food tip!

We spent 4 nights camping during our trip – two nights in Maine, two nights in Massachusetts.  We’d expected it to be pretty chilly, but a cold front came through after Maine and it was literally FREEZING; we woke up to snow on our tent one morning!  Luckily, though, the cold temperature is what led us to a great S’mores discovery.  I know you might think there’s not a lot missing in S’mores, being as they are a nearly perfect food…and I’d have agreed with you, til we we were reading the packing on Smores sticks we bought (only when camping are you bored enough to actually read packagine!) and saw they suggested using Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups instead of chocolate!

We were instantly intrigued by this idea because honestly, what are Reese’s PB cups NOT good in or with?  So we picked up a bag of the full size cups (not the little round snack size) and tried them.  Of course they are different tasting, and if you’re a purist with your S’mores, you might miss the milk chocolatey flavor – but I thought the peanut butter was delicious with the marshmallow!  The most important thing, though, was that in the very cold night air, the PB cup did much better than the chocolate.  The chocolate gets so cold that it doesn’t even have much flavor, and even the hot oozy marshmallow can’t get it to soften up enough.  This isn’t a problem in the summer, when it all becomes one big gooey mess.  But in the cold, the PB cup, with it’s softer center and thin layer of chocolate on the top, was much less crunchy than the chocolate bar and melted better with the hot marshmallow.

You can see we at A Table are always looking for these helpful tips to eat better no matter where you are… 😉

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The Crazy Fall

Dear Reader,

I notice a few of you very faithful friends have been checking this blog the past few weeks, and I’m afraid there has been very little of interest for you to see.  My travel schedule for work has been off the charts (I was home for 10 days in August and September!) and I, sadly, have been cooking very little, nor eating a lot of anything interesting, either.

Next week, the hubby and I are going on a much-needed getaway – a road trip through New England (mostly Maine, Vermont and Massachusetts).  I still won’t be cooking but I plan on a lot of good eating, especially involving seafood and anything apple related.  I’ll try to post from the road as we’re able (and since it’s a road trip, there may actually be time to write!).

Thanks for checking faithfully even though my kitchen’s been closed lately.  I am looking forward to getting back in there soon, and since I just grabbed the Thanksgiving issue of Bon Appetit for the trip, we’ll have lots to talk about related to that!

Happy eating!

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