Sunday, July 31, 2011

Happy Birthday, Pete!

Tonight we went to a party at Mer and Pete's to celebrate Pete's birthday! We got things started with some cornhole.

And inside we played with balloons!

Pete cooked up a whole bunch of sausages.



Pete and Kate!

Kate in her little chair.

We played some more cornhole after dinner to make room for cake.

Cake time! Kate helped decorate it and she sure was excited!

All lit up.

Happy birthday to Pete!

Make a wish!

The cake was incredible.

Mmm, with some strawberry ice cream! YAY!

Happy Birthday, Pete!

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Baby Gus!

Today was a special day in many ways. Two sets of friends came to Athens for the afternoon! Scott & Parker, and Clark, Anne and BABY GUS. I've seen lots of pictures of Gus's cuteness, but it wasn't until today that I finally got to meet him in real life! He is even cuter in person, even though it doesn't seem possible. First, we hung out at the house for awhile.

Oh, hi!

Then we headed uptown for lunch. We put our name in at Casa, and decided to kill time on the college green while we waited for our table.


Gus and Clark!

Parker was too hungry to wait for Casa, so she got a slice of Goodfella's Pizza. Here is Scott trying with all of his might to resist eating it while she took a bathroom break.


We headed to Casa to finish our wait.


Reaching for sunglasses.


Gus and me!


Finally it was time for lunch! Delicious mushroom parmesan dip.

Taco salad!

It was super awesome to spend the afternoon with visiting friends, and so so SO super awesome to meet Gus!

Saturday, July 16, 2011

30-Mile Cooking Club Meal

July is 30-Mile Meal Month here in Athens, Ohio. The 30-Mile Meal Project is an initiative challenging people to focus their meals around locally grown foods and products. Yumi hosted this month's cooking club, and she challenged us to make our own 30-Mile dishes!

Nancy started things off with a basil cheesecake and spelt flour crackers. It was AMAZING!!! What a delicious appetizer. SO fresh and delightful!

Nancy used Village Bakery yogurt (made from Snowville Creamery milk), Integration Acres goat chevre, eggs from Albany, basil from Valerie's garden and honey from Shade. She made the crackers with Shagbark Seed & Mill Co. spelt flour.

Yumi made herb polenta with mixed peppers and wineberry gastrique.

I LOVED this. I looooove polenta, and the peppers were sweet with a hint of spicy and just bursting with flavor

Yumi used Shagbark heirloom corn meal, herbs and peppers from Cowdery farms, Cantrell lotus honey, Tillis Highlands Farm wineberry vinegar & wineberries and Shew's Orchard apple vinegar.

Valerie made black bean, corn and tomato salad, served in little lettuce wraps with pepper jack cheese. I was helping myself to little lettuce tacos all night long!! They were so yummy.

Valerie used corn, cherry tomatoes, garlic, pepper jack cheese and wineberry vinegar from the Athens Farmers Market, red onion, basil, and leaf lettuce from her own garden, and Shagbark black beans.

Summer made pork tenderloin with blueberry chutney.

It was great!! Look at the color of those blueberries! Summer used local pork tenderloin and fresh picked blueberries, lodi apples, red onion and red wine from West Lafayette, Ohio.

I made roasted new potatoes and green beans with feta.

This was an awesome recipe from Eating Well. Click here for the recipe. The potatoes, green beans and and scallions all came from the Athens Farmers Market, and the goat feta was from Integration Acres.

All together, now!

For dessert, Emily made Peach Kuchen.

She used peaches and eggs from the Athens Farmers Market, Snowville Creamery heavy cream, Hartzler's Amish-style roll butter and Shagbark spelt flour. I'm sure you can tell just by reading the ingredients that this dessert was DELICIOUS!!!

Such a wonderful meal and such a fun challenge! It definitely proves that you don't have to go far to enjoy an amazing variety of food.

After dinner, it was time for games! First, we played Foodie Fight. Here is my team congratulating ourselves for getting a tough question right. Go, us!!

After that, we played the game where you write the name of a person on a Post-It note, stick it on your forehead, and then try to guess who you are by asking questions. It was really fun!!

Valerie, Nancy and Emily!

Yumi, me and Summer!

The first round. Check it out, Tom Strodtbeck!!

Round two!


Round three!

Round four.

And that concludes another amazing cooking club!! YUM.