When friends e-mail, call or text me with messages and pleas to cook together, it always makes me smile. It’s been a tough week in the cooking with friends department, with graduations, parties and year-end school events occupying every free moment. Sadly, I didn’t have a single cooking date this week, which is unusual to say the least.
I’ve been in high gear, pre-vacation mode, using up the foods that are stored in my freezer. Banana bread, quiche and cinnamon rolls — each one conjuring up memories of a nice time cooking with friends — came in handy to serve the mom’s at my son’s 6th birthday party and empanadas, spring rolls and mini caramelized onion and blue cheese tarts — more good memories — fantastic appetizers for a friend’s 40th birthday bash.
An empty freezer will soon cry “cook for me” and prompt numerous plans. But even with all the busyness, there are lots of cooking plans being made: summertime sauce-making dates, plans to stock a friend’s freezer with healthy dinners, and weekly CSA cooking dates. It’s these plans, and promises of times to soon come that make up for this week’s drought.