As my kids and I make a Pear Crisp for tonight’s dessert and I watch the snow fall outside, I am reminded of three wonderful times when snow played a part in unexpected sharing food with friends.
Most recently, two weeks ago, we had a blizzard here in Madison, and school was cancelled. Our neighbors across the street took advantage of the moment, and invited everyone within walking distance to an impromptu holiday party. About 60 people showed up, bearing gifts of food and ingredients. The party-givers said it was the lowest stress party they’d ever held–no worries or planning ahead of time.
About three years ago, during another snowstorm when we lived in Denver, we had neighbors for a surprise cocktail party at our house, as everyone’s plans had been postponed. We pulled out shrimp from the freezer, got creative with artichokes and olives from cans, and had a fabulous time.
And way back in 1996, during one of Washington D.C.’s big snowstorms, my friend Michelle and her friends Emily and Jim (who are now married to each other and my neighbors in Madison) got stuck at my apartment in Cleveland Park. I remember we pulled out a big pot and threw everything we could find in it, making a ground turkey chili.
On this Christmas Eve, I wish you a wonderful time with your family and friends, unexpected or not!