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eating with friends

September 1, 2010

I came across this quote on Coeur de La today (another fellow Caroline!):

“One of the delights of life is eating with friends, second to that is talking about eating. And, for an unsurpassed double whammy, there is talking about eating while you are eating with friends.” -Laurie Colwin

I don’t think anything I’ve ever read so perfectly describes my ethos on food and sharing meals together. Last weekend, I spent a perfect day with a new friend, shopping at the Farmers’ Market, cooking, eating and talking endlessly about everything — the black heirloom tomatoes, the freshly baked baguettes, the jam, the cheese, the powerful kick of lavender as the herbes de provence simmered in olive oil and thinly sliced onions. We were savoring and sighing with widened, blissful eyes, frequently sticking a spoon or a vegetable in each others’ face, crying out, “Taste this!”

(I wish I had pictures of the day to share, but I forgot all about my camera the whole day. These are actually photos of the farmers’ market in Petoskey from my vacation up north a few weeks back.)

Not much in the world beats finding someone who loves food as much as you do.

What is your favorite meal to share with friends?

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. September 1, 2010 6:38 pm

    That sounds like a wonderful day! I love cooking for friends and family and am known for my annual Chili and Doughnut Night in the fall. The spicy and sweet combination is strange but unsurpassed. We spend the night eating and talking about the ways God is working in our lives or what He’s been teaching us lately. It makes me feel warm and cozy just thinking about it!

  2. Caroline permalink*
    September 1, 2010 9:08 pm

    @ Leigh!

    Oohhhhhh mmmyyyy gosh. Chili and Doughnut Night?! Grab some Tums and it sounds like pure delight! I love it!

  3. September 2, 2010 2:13 pm

    I have a query for you, oh wise one of the kitchen…I need a good recipe for a beef stew? Any thoughts, anything in your arsenal?

  4. Caroline permalink*
    September 2, 2010 4:46 pm

    @ Jenna!

    My favorite has to be Guinness Beef Stew. The one I use is in one of my Irish cookbooks, but this one is comporable: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/beef-and-guinness-stew-recipe2/index.html

    What the Guinness does to the beef is nothing short of magic. For someone who doesn’t even eat red meat, I would be willing to splurge on some grass-fed beef for this stuff. Yummmmmm.

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