The Buckeye Bash 2014 came to an end on Saturday afternoon, after two days of fun with friends. We weren't a large group, but we still had a blast!
Mickdee made the trek from Michigan,
Sassyoldlady came from Toledo, and coming from the Columbus area were
Midwestchef. Mother Ann (that's me!) hosted the event in Rootstown, Ohio. All of our spouses attended as well and I believe they had as much fun as we did. Earlier in the day
Don from Spain had posted on the Buzz that he was gathering up the funds and preparing the paperwork to bail us out of jail if needed - apparently we have quite a reputation for being a wild
bunch! I did appreciate his willingness to help out from across the big lake, but thankfully we did not need to call on him.
We started the festivities off on Friday evening with a meet-up at a local winery - Barrel Run Crossing Winery &Vineyard. Saveur and Sassyoldlady could not join us for this part of the fun and they were greatly missed. We
spent some time chatting and renewing our friendships - all of us knew each other from prior round-ups except for myself and midwestchef. We had never met until this Bash. Jon and I arrived at the winery first to set up the fruit, chocolates (kisses and
Buckeyes, this was the Buckeye Bash after all!!), cheese and crackers I had put together for our munchies. I set my AllRecipes orange bag out to help everyone find our table. Next to arrive was midwestchef and Mr. midwestchef. I felt like we were old friends
- we just naturally took off talking and felt very comfortable around one another as we waited the other's arrival.
The winery has a small menu with sandwiches and pizzas and we eventually got around to ordering our dinner. The sun set and still we sat around our table under the pavilion chatting about anything and everything. Every so
often conversation would move to discussions about AR and food. The men gathered at one end and had their own conversation. Partway through the evening, Jon leaned over to me and said, "I don't know what you ladies have planned for breakfast but us guys
are meeting up at Mike's Place for ours." Us ladies opted to skip breakfast, but the men met up and enjoyed a huge breakfast.
Around noon on Saturday we all met up at Mi Rancho Mexican Restaurant. Jon and I are involved in the ownership and this is the restaurant our dear friends (the parents of our "adopted" grandchildren) run. We had the party
room for our gathering and I had the servers bring in a couple pitchers of margaritas and bowls of chips with salsa, authentic Mexican guacamole, and queso dip. We spent an hour or so chatting and greeting Saveur and Sassyoldlady (and their other halves)
before placing our orders. As we were finishing our meals Federico, his wife, and children arrived at the restaurant and I was proud to introduce them to the gang. Next on the agenda, for those who were not too full, was some homemade ice cream from the
shop in the corner of the restaurant. Dreamsicle and Double Chocolate Peanut Butter seemed to be the favorite choices.
There were gifts for everyone as well. Bellepepper presented each of us with a bottle of balsamic glaze. I can't wait to try it out; in fact I might try it on some grilled shrimp tonight! Mickdee made some delicious candied
pecans; it's going to be tough to make sure I get my fair share - Jon really likes them! Midwestchef had been shopping in Amish country and presented us each with a jar of blackberry jam - yummy!! Sassyoldlady brought bread dipping sets with cute little
dipping dishes and the seasonings to add to the oil - funny, I had just been to my sister's and was jealous of her dipping dishes - now I don't have to go out and look for my own! Saveur presented me with a lovely hostess gift she picked up at an antique
shop - 2 little pitchers; one that says "vinegar" and the other says "oil" with chickens/roosters on them. She's never seen my kitchen but I have chickens and roosters as part of my décor! Also two shakers which we determined are possibly for cinnamon and
sugar as the holes are too large for salt and pepper. Lastly, I made raspberry peach sangria wine jelly for everyone.
Sadly the fiesta had to come to an end as everyone had long drives back home. It was a wonderful time and it makes me that much happier that I discovered AllRecipes. With that discovery I have not only become a better cook,
but have made some wonderful friends. If you have never been to a round-up, you really need to get yourself to one; or host one yourself! They are a blast and the folks you meet will quickly become true friends. A round-up can be something as simple as
a meet-up at a restaurant for an hour or so, or be a multi-day event. The first one I attended was two years ago at Bellepepper's lovely home. I had no idea what to expect that day and I was very pleasantly surprised. I arrived as a stranger and left having
several new friends. This year I made another new friend in midwestchef. The spouses and significant others of the AR gang have also become friends and I know Jon looks forward to these round-ups as much as I do.
We are thinking our next Bash will be a visit to Cleveland and the West Side Market - a smorgasbord of culinary delight! Who knows, we may not even wait a year for the next one!