Well, that is a shame that we won't have a cookbook to commemorate the event, but that doesn't mean we can't share recipes: for those who were not able to make it to the picnic, and for those who just didn't get enough of all the fantiastic food and want to try and replicate it at home.
To be quite honest, with all the moving I've been doing, I did not have a chance to make a dish from scratch (mine was the roasted peppers, yellow squash and ricotta pizza from Arizmendi), however there were a number of other people's recipes I'd love to steal. Nancy Berry came prepared with handouts of her upside down tamale pie, but ran out before I could get my hands on one.
Then there's the award winning tomatoes soaked in vodka recipe. Although Tim did a fine job explaining their preparation, my wine and food coma had set in, and my brain was not apt to remember how many tablespoons of what to add.
Was it Zach I have to thank for the chocolate mouse wonderfulness with the chocolate graham cracker crust, Jennifer for the very original, and tasty American tiramisu (all I can recall is her saying it required keeping condensed milk on a low setting on the stove for 3 hours!), and I'm not quite sure who to thank for the "Crazy Russian Dip."
Needless to say, I have everyone to thank for the amazing variety and across the board deliciousness of each dish. And, of course the team of chowhounders who devoted their time and energy into making the picnic a wonderful success.
I feel so lucky to share my love of food with such awesome people.
P.S. - Thanks to Melanie for so graciously having shared many, many glasses of wine with those of us who refused to go home.
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