Earlier tonight, twenty women gathered in my apartment to eat, drink and celebrate Kate Payne and her lovely new book (don’t forget that I’m giving away a copy here). Let me tell you, we had SUCH a fun evening. My dining room table positively groaned under the weight of the deliciousness heaped upon it and the room bubbled with conversation and connections being made.
I was so focused on eating, chatting and ensuring that we had enough silverware that I didn’t manage to take more than a few pictures. I’m still kicking myself that I didn’t point my camera at Kate or any of my guests. Happily, I was quick thinking enough to ask people to write down their blog addresses, because though we did an around the room introduction, I knew my memory couldn’t be relied upon to keep track each URL. Here’s who showed up:
Lily from Lily’s Barter Bakery
Sara The Cozy Herbivore
Carly from Harvest Local Foods
Courtney from Inspire. Perspire.
Melissa from Knitter’s Cook Book
Sarah from Sarah Anne Burns
Robin Shreeves from South Jersey Locavore and Mother Nature Network’s food channel
Yvonne from Marijayn
Jenni from Domestic Efforts
Kerri from Vintage Now
Audra from Doris and Jilly Cook
For my contribution to the potluck table, I made a salad that I’ve been mentally formulating for awhile. I chopped five carrots and three beets into small cubes, tossed them with olive oil, salt and pepper and roasted them in the oven until tender. While the cooked, I chopped and caramelized a giant red onion in two tablespoons of butter.
Once those two components were finished cooking and had a chance to cool down a little, I heaped them atop a giant bowl of baby arugula. It got finished with some thin shavings (made with a vegetable peeler) of hard pecorino romano, a drizzle of balsamic vinegar, some olive oil and salt and pepper. The resulting salad was a tangle of sweet, tangy and salty cheese. I’m already looking for a reason to make it again.