Saturday, July 12, 2014

Bastille Day

Mark and Emily hosted a French-themed potluck to celebrate Bastille Day! I chose to make my absolute favorite wine cheese bread. However, this time I ran into a little problem. I keep my olive oil and my dry sherry in the same type of jug. Somehow, I wasn't paying ANY attention and grabbed the jug of olive oil for my recipe instead of the dry sherry!!!

While I was cooking the dry sherry olive oil (A half-cup!!!!!! Gross!!!!) on the stovetop in a saucepan along with a stick of butter, I had thoughts like "Hmm, that looks kinda oily!! Weird!" and "I remember this smelling much more winey and delicious! Hmm! My nosebuds must be off!" But I still didn't realize my mistake.

I was also thinking the dough felt REALLY OILY when I was trying to mix the cheese in. If you look in the lower left of this ball of dough, you can see the oil just OOZING out around the base! Right before it was ready to go in the oven, I finally realized what had happened. I decided to bake it anyway and see what happened.

The devastating part of all this was that I had been looking forward to eating wine cheese bread for three days! So I decided I had to whip together a correct batch at the last minute. Look at the difference in this batch of dough!!! No pools of oil oozing out, and the cheese actually worked itself into the dough. Ahhhhh, much better.

Here is the finished olive oil cheese bread. Ben and I sampled a slice to determine whether it would get to attend the party. It was definitely edible, so I decided to bring it, in case there were any olive oil lovers there!

Here are the two breads at the Bastille Day party. Look at how short and dense the olive oil one is! (On the right {obviously}).

I told some people about the situation, but not everyone. Both breads got pretty well attacked! By the end of the night, there was only a little bit left of each! I don't know if people were taking slices of the olive oil one and then discovering it was really oily and throwing it away? Or maybe they were gobbling them up!!! The wine version turned out GREAT and I certainly ate my fair share!

Kelsey brought this ENORMOUS BASKET of homemade bread and rolls!!!!! It totally blew my mind! Look at this basket. It looks like a CARTOON basket of bread!!! I sampled at least a bite of almost everything in there. I was so full of bread that night. It was one of the best nights of my life!

Emily made a humongous delicious tuna nicoise salad.

Happy Bastille Day! And remember, if you store your sherries and oils in similar jugs, pay close attention to which one you use when you're cooking.

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