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GIVE THEM FOOD...and other ways to cope with life

Sep. 4, 2009 7:57 pm 
Updated: Sep. 29, 2009 6:51 pm
It never ceases to amaze me that when I get together with my girlfriends, the conversation can go from bread to bras to politics over the coarse of 30 minutes!  Never a lull in 4 hours...always something to chat about! Women are wonderful.  We come together depressed, exhausted, numb....but always when we leave we are laughing, hugging and ready to return to routine.
Such was our story today.  I was exhausted with little sleep the night before, Elaine's lost the hearing in one of her ears..hopefully temporary, Amy was feeling blue,Becky had been running around all morning, Tracy was spinning with too many things to do before college starts........and then we started making bread.
The kitchen aid whirled and buzzed as the 5 of us peered into it hoping to witness the pulling away of the dough...indication that it was ready for the first rise  Chatter rose more than the bread.  Of course we had to make Panzanella and pan fried potatoes to eat while the bread did it's thing....and so we laughed and talked and laughed and talked and devoured Elaine's amazing Chocolate pie for dessert.
After punching the dough down we retired to the famous brown couch in my living room realizing that we had all eaten way too much!  Feet up, slumped in various positions we yakked and yakked about everything under the sun.....why bras never fit, what Obama is doing with Health Care, when would our children all find their paths, why are we all getting thicker around the middle despite exercising and eating right......on and on and on.  We sampled our bread with some of Becky's canned apple butter...yum!
We all had smiles on our faces at the end of the day.....friends are great.  Friends and food, even better!
One day I'll figure out how to put pictures on this should see our bread!

So, here are the recipes from today...........

Panzanella  6 good servings

1 cup olive oil
2 1/2 TBSP good quality WHITE wine; Pinot Grigio(Italian Wine Vinegar)
3 large cloves garlic, minced.
2 English Cucumbers unpeeled, large dice
8 Roma tomatoes, large dice
16 basil leaves..chiffonade
4 TBSP capers
1/2 cup red onion, small dice
2 red bell peppers med dice
4 cups cubed baguette plus a little olive oil
Kosher or sea salt and fresh ground pepper

toss the bread cubes with a little olive oil, S&P and fry in pan , stirring until golden, set aside

In a large bowl whisk together the olive oil, vinegar, garlic
Add everything else and toss
Add the bread cubes and toss again.

Let this sit maybe 10 minutes or more before serving.
I also serve a little fresh mozzarella cubed for adding on top.

The Bread Recipe was from All for Whole Wheat Seed was great and yielded 5 med loaves and 9 med buns.  I used a total of 11 cups of flour.

A great day of food and friends!

Sep. 5, 2009 7:57 am
sounds like fun! good friends are hard to come by:)
Sep. 5, 2009 8:23 am
As I read about your day, a very warm feeling took over. I could imagine it all in my mind and the fun and laughter. I really missed being there. Thank you for bringing a smile to my face this morning. I miss you and our dear, precious friends.
Sep. 5, 2009 11:11 am
So funny and so true! I just had to chime in about the bras...Why did my mom not tell me how important a good bra is?? The fit and support can take one from looking tired and worn to alert and perky! Amazing!! I have been buying so-so bras for almost 50 years and just two years ago I realized how it effects proper posture and so much more. Boy, the time you all spend together sounds fun and the salad too.
Sep. 5, 2009 11:15 am
PAULA....we miss you everytime we get together my's just not the same, but you're with us in spirit!
Sep. 5, 2009 11:17 am
ARGENTINA...yep, the girls are happy when the girls are happy!
Sep. 6, 2009 2:25 pm
Cocojo, these are the kind of experiences that really make life worth living. So glad that you have a "happier" tone to your blog. How are things with your dad? Remember to rely on the sisterhood of those women when you need to. I'm sure they will come running.
Sep. 6, 2009 8:10 pm
Thanks Dad and Mom and all of us are recovering from the shock of the last MRI. My Dad has made peace with the inevitable. I'll see him in a few weeks. Ye, I'm thankful to have friends to cry with and to laugh with.
Sep. 8, 2009 9:53 pm
I love to cook, I stay home because of dreaded ms complications and something I do most every day is cook. My hubby works away and the kids are gone but I still cook and freeze for my husband and children. Whats up with the bra thing, lol?
Sep. 9, 2009 6:43 pm
I have a friend with's a challenge. I'm glad you can cook everyday. So the bra thing...almost all women wear bras that are too big around and too small in the cup. When you go to get fitted at a special lingerie store, it's really quite a shock when you find out you've been wearing a bra one size to big around and 3 cup sizes too small!
Sep. 10, 2009 2:37 pm
forgot to mention the 3 large garlic cloves minced in the ingredient list. sorry.
Sep. 29, 2009 6:51 pm
I got it right in the cup but can't find something comfy around and I have been fitted twice. Too tight, oh well, lol.
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