What to Tote to a Potluck
There is something about a summer party. You put on your skinny jeans and retro-strawberry earrings, carefully tuck a wisp of summer-blown hair behind your ear, then weave your minivan through busy streets and thin neighborhood roads, arriving fashionably late, greeted by a room of strangers and friends.
There is something about walking into a lawn-coated backyard. Arriving at tables covered in colored linens and fresh flowers and fine, silver platters. Glancing over the offerings. Making plans for your first, luscious bite. Settling into congenial conversation. Marveling at the talent and wit and grace of the company you keep.
So I sat, on a lively Wednesday evening, having been invited by the glorious Sophistimom to an almost-secret gathering of food bloggers. Maria (of Two Peas and Their Pod) had gathered the lot of us together for a fine evening of blog-fellowship, canoodling with the glorious Tartelette, and eating food.
After all, it was a gather of food bloggers. So the food. Oh, the food was wonderful.
Next time you, yourself are heading out the door for a summer lawn party, donned with strawberry earrings and a plateful of potluck offerings, do give one of these dishes a try. They are, each and every one, food blogger approved. Summer soiree stamped. Cheeky Kitchen tasted, finger-licked, and plate cleaned. Yum.
There were these beautiful Grape Tomato, Mozzarella & Olive Skewers, drizzled in balsalmic vinegar and topped with chopped basil. I could have eaten forty-eight of these. But that would have been unmammerly. So I ate two, instead.
Fresh Fruit Salad with Pineapple-Cardamom Dressing (amazing tasting and ever so pretty) and an Arugula Salad with Grapes & Pecans which I didn’t photograph, but I did–most definitely–eat.
And who was it that toted this recipe? I can’t remember. I was too busy scooping this Blueberry and White Corn salsa into my mouth. Gol’ durned. It was tasty.
And for dessert? Why Chocolate Pavlovas with White Chocolate Mint Mousse, of course.
But, of course, the best part of a party is greeting old friends, and meeting new ones. Simply delicious.
From left to right: Becky at Project Domestication, Barbara from Barbara Bakes, Maria from Two Peas and Their Pod, Me, Holly from Phemomenon with little Kayla, Bonnie from City Home Country Home, Dara from Cookin’ Canuck, Becky from The Vintage Mixer and Christie from The Table Runner (whose beautiful backyard we are enjoying) in the front.