When you are regularly cooking with friends, the question “Do you have any…?” comes up again and again. You’ll raid each other’s pantries, gardens and fridges, the combination of shared ingredients making delicious, economical dishes. Someone has lots of dried beans and another person has squash or mint taking over her garden.
“Do you have any basil?” one of my friends asked recently before we were scheduled for a cooking date. There’s lots, almost too much if that is possible, in my garden. And she had some nice yellow peppers in hers. A quick lunch put together for kids means one of us will say “I’ve got cheese and tomatoes, Do you have any bread for the grilled cheese sandwiches?”
When you start thinking of your friends first, before the grocery store, it means you are working and cooking together, mixing some of hers and some of yours into an ours.