It was Monday morning when the divine Miss Emily from I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter contacted me to make travel arrangements to NYC. That Girlfriend Toast recipe of mine from a few weeks back has made it into their Toast-Off Cooking Competition, and they needed me to join them for the festivities by Wednesday.
Rewind a few months back when I’d returned home from a blogging trip and my husband said, “next time you get to go to New York, I think we should extend the trip and kick it in the city together.” And I was all like, “yeah!” because it’s New York, and you just say yeah to stuff like that.
So, here we are, Monday morning, and Emily calls to make travel plans. And John and I are frantically trying to figure out if we can pull off a four day trip in 24-hours. I mean, who does stuff like that? Surely not us. We are safe and boring. We make our bed in the morning and fluff our pillows. We do not decide to jet set to The Big Apple with a handful of minutes separating us from our regular routine and a plane ride out of the city.
Okay, actually, we do. Because, four fantastic friends and eleven phone calls later, we had safe homes for the kids, a cozy friend for the chihuahua, and had even found ourselves a great place to bunker while in NYC (more about this later).
So, I’ll be posting from New York this week, where the hubs and I will be taking long runs through Central Park, eating obscene amounts of cheesecake, meeting up with Maggy of Three Many Cooks for dinner, and otherwise slaying a few worthy competitors in the ICBINB Toast Competition.
To prepare for said competition, John and I have been conjuring feisty burns to shout as we cook. What do you think?
“Your recipe is TOAST!”
“Prepare to get TOASTED!”
“A TOAST to the winner….that’s me!”
I don’t know. I have a feeling my mouth will be so busy tasting each of the other bloggers gorgeous recipes that I’ll forget to be their enemies and just want to make them friends forever. Apparently, the trash talking plan is toast.
Looking for a beautiful summertime recipe? This simple Watermelon Feta cheese is as splendid as they come. Do make it this week and know I love you.
Watermelon, Feta & Pepita Salad with a Sweet Lime Vinaigrette
8 cups romaine, chopped
4 cups watermelon, cubed
1/3 cup feta cheese
3 tablespoons roasted & salted pepitas
Juice of 4 limes
3 tablespoon sugar
1 shallot, very finely diced
5 tablespoons light olive oil
In a large bowl, toss together the romaine, watermelon, feta cheese, and pepitas. In a small bowl, whisk together the lime juice, sugar, shallot, and olive oil. Top the salad with the vinaigrette just before serving.