If you’ve wondered why my blog posts have been infrequent lately, I have a good explanation: I’ve been busy. And a warning: I’m going to do A LOT of recipes for you between now and the New Year. So buckle up!
Besides trying a green tomato pie recipe which was a complete flop (therefore, I will not subject you to the details), I’ve been busy planning my first-but hopefully not last-vintage dinner party.
In the days before TV, iPods, DVR’s, and Netflix, evenings were a time of quiet… boredom. To break the monotony, women planned dinner parties to bring together friends for food and conversation, music and games.
I’ve really been itching to throw a vintage themed dinner party for months now… but finding a free evening in amidst the schedules of myself and my friends is like finding a needle in a haystack. Undaunted, my good friend Jennifer Hill and I put our heads together and hatched a plan to make it happen. She offered me her insanely gorgeous house/kitchen and I offered to make all the food.
Thus it was that on a cool, fall evening, we gathered an intimate party of 12 people around one table for a feast of old-fashioned food. I like cooking for groups of people. I know that sounds insane but, a news producer by profession, I am totally comfortable plotting a meal, timing its elements, and trying to serve it all up in an orderly and delicious fashion. Plus, I learned, it’s a great way to try a whole bunch of recipes at once-and get outside opinions on their success-or lack thereof.
Because it was my first such party, I chose a menu based on my cooking strengths, available ingredients, ease of preparation, and presentation.
Colonial Williamsburg Hot Spiced Punch
So, over the course of the next few weeks, I’ll be sharing these new recipes with you! Plus, I have planned a bunch of seasonal recipes to try and share. I don’t know about you, but I think the kitchen is the best place to spend October, November and December.
We’re also coming up on the one year anniversary of this blog and I thought it was be fitting to make some special dishes to celebrate that milestone!
So get your palates ready because Bite From the Past is kicking into high gear.