I know most all of you have already heard the news, but I wanted to post a quick “thank you” (from beautiful, green Oregon, where the Gabe celebration is well underway!). Thank you to the DALS readers, whose comments have been so warm and real and kind. Thank you to Jenny and Andy at Dinner A Love Story – I know I am not the only one who relies on them for their humor, insight, honesty, recipes … oh and their amazing children’s book recommendations. They are really a catch-all of awesomeness, and they are also the nicest people you could ever hope to email with. I am a little bit in love with them.
As much as I love DALS writers and readers (and their site is one of my favorites), it is the caliber of the other submissions that are making me feel, still at this moment, like I am on cloud nine. I can’t believe that I get to count myself in the company of these “real” writers and recipe creators! I am going to share Andy’s list of highlights with you, and then you can click over to their sites and see for yourselves. There is also a link at the end to the mini-cookbook that DALS put out from the entries. So many great looking recipes!
So many good recipes, so many personal stories and careful turns of phrase. I want to list of a few of my favorites. Janet: “Also, I am all about quinoa.” Kathryn: “Margaret’s new skirt is missing a button, and if you give them hem the gentlest tug, it is likely to slip right down off her hips.” Lisa: “So far, my son has proved to be a man of diverse tastes.” Marcus: “You can’t throw around a term like ‘Texas Chili’ lightly.” Sarah: “My mother had an unexplainable penchant for pickled beets.” Tara: “The son of an Irish longshoreman, Dad grew up on simple, inexpensive fare. He made beef stew with a thick, flavorful broth and big wedges of floury-textured potato that I’m still trying to recreate.” Courtney: “I knew this was something I had to try, and hopefully my confidence in the kitchen would outshine any hesitation I have when it comes to my writing. But I have planned and made dinner for my family every night of the week for eight years and there is something to be said for that. So, let’s do this.”
You all did this, and we can’t thank you enough. Jenny compiled all the entries in a downloadable pdf — a mini-cookbook from the readers of DALS. And Molly, I can’t wait to try the sweet potato-and-chard gratin.
I’m working on my next recipe post – in the meantime, please don’t forget to tell us about your favorite breakfast sometime before Sunday midnight, so that you can be entered to win Marion Cunningham’s The Breakfast Book! Molly’s comment about a cheese croissant has me totally distracted — and there are lots of other delicious-sounding replies there to help you plan your holiday-weekend breakfasts.