It’s Friday! (May 9, 2015)
“What are you doing?”
“I’m looking for inspiration, b*tch.”
–overheard in the art department of my office
Aren’t we all? And on that note, here are 3 places I’m finding solid ins-pie-ration heading into this weekend:
1. In making food with/for some of my favorite people. My week has been abundantly full with great food and phenomenal friends. If anything will make you want to spend Friday night standing over a full stovetop of custards and caramel sauces, it’s witnessing people come together to really find one another and find joy around the table. Be it a coffee table or a kitchen counter top, the moments born in making and breaking bread are among the richest reminders that we’re all in this mess together. We’re doing the best we can when we can… and when we’re not, it’s OK. There’s enough love, understanding, and wisdom that comes from being knocked flat on your ass a time or two to go around. Oh, and Tang Toast. Rest assured, there’s always enough margarine-slathered, orange drank mix-sprinkled toasts for all.
Last weekend, Cooking Light‘s dangerously talented test kitchen director/one of my new all-time favorite humans in the history of ever (we share a passion for squealing and bouncing at a borderline obnoxious magnitude) hosted our first [of many] joint dinner party. We created a debatably genius menu celebrating the queen of all that is sugar holy’s recent cookbook release, Milk Bar Life, for 12 bombtastic ladies. There was a whole lot of belly laughs, a lot of bonding, and a lot of shared Tinder goofing going down. Don’t judge. We all swipe at some point or another.
There was also a lot of epic chow, including: Kimcheez-Its with Blue Cheese Dip, Tang Toast, Desperation Nachos, Chicken Puffs, Haute Dogs with Burnt Honey Mustard Dip, XXXL Lady Salad, Fruity Pebble Meringues, Miso Butterscotch Sundaes, Cereal Milk shots, Crackle, and of course, Arnie Palmers. I highly recommend plotting a dinner party themed around a cookbook that is significant to you and your crew. Clearly, we are some classy fools.
The very next day, I had the pleasure of shopping for, prepping, and eating pizza with one of my very best friends and his way too cool wee-one. I highly recommend hanging out with more perfectly zealous 9-year-olds on your hunt for weekend-spiration. Because more often than not, kiddos have the spirit and imagination we pour over self-help books and seek workshops for. Spend time with them and soak that goodness up. They’re the ones who do what they feel like they need to do to fulfill curiosities (like sampling olives straight off of the Whole Foods antipasti bar to find the perfect variety and plastering raw pizza dough facials onto people just to see if it will stick) and do not give a single fudge. I’m so into that.
The remainder of the week brought more Desperation Nachos with a side of the ever-necessary “men are morons” discussion, along with yet another ladies night filled with delightful snacking, sipping, and cross-stitching. All of these things, I highly recommend. In short, I highly recommend you feed people and make them happy… doing so will have you ready to accomplish even more great things.
2. In Christina Tosi’s victory. Everything she does is equally kick-ass and adorable, including win Beard Awards.
3. In this public affirmation that yeah, you really do need more than a couple tablespoons of ice water to bring together pie dough. Don’t know why we’re all so scared to say that sometimes we deviate from the standard, but yass–let the truth be heard.
No doubt, we all struggle, but the ability to create words, food (pie), pictures, moments, bliss, connections, etc. comes a little more natural-like after you take an unselfish second to revel in the the sunshine, support, and validation that’s usually staring you right in the face. Get yours this weekend.