Happy Saturday!! Hope everyone’s been good since last we chatted on a weekend. There has been SO much going on lately that I’ve actually had a difficult time narrowing down what to share here this morning. It’s enough for two or three Weekend Whisks! No, my life didn’t suddenly become astoundingly cool and more interesting but I’ve certainly been keeping busy. To all you moms out there, I hope you had a wonderful Mother’s Day last weekend.
Each year I host a Mother’s Day brunch. It started out as my gift to my mother-in-law and grand-mother-in-law (is that a thing?? Even if it isn’t you get me, right? My husband’s grandmother.) After the first year or two it became a group effort to make a wonderful brunch feast so that we as a family could all enjoy the day together and celebrate each other. Thanks to that brunch, I truly think Mother’s Day is my favorite holiday. It’s not because it’s “my day” as a mother but because it’s a relaxing, stress-free morning with all of us together. It just means the world to me and I look forward to it so much.
Maddy started preschool last September so this school year has brought a lot of firsts for her. For Mother’s Day this year, the highlight for me was definitely getting invited for a Mother’s Day tea party at Maddy’s school. Once there we all enjoyed scones with jam that the children made for their mothers. We were treated to songs and presents too! As you can probably imagine, Maddy was so thrilled to have me there and I couldn’t have been happier. It was such a special morning.
I also received another invitation recently and that invite was to Pie Party Potluck Live! As you may recall, this is an event I’ve been participating in for the last few years and is something I look forward to each year. Usually I go solo to most events because Mike is such a picky eater but pie party is not to be missed in his book either! As we made our trek to the city, we got hit with just a ton of traffic. Our 40 minutes drive turned into over 2 hours. What does one do in standstill traffic? Take a selfie! We made the best of it and pushed on.
Hosted by Jackie of The Diva That Ate New York and Ken of Hungry Rabbit, each year they gather a gigantic group of pie loving bakers together and something amazing happens. What’s not to love about a sea of pies? Sweet pies, savory pies, hand pies, pies on sticks, pot pies, any pie your mind can conjure up. Usually sweet pies outnumber the savory but I’m pretty sure savory took the cake this year. As soon as we were given the okay to dive in, I headed over to the irresistible array of savory pies.
After sampling more than my fair share, I definitely declared this crazy good Mac & Cheese Pie with Bacon Lattice Top from The Kitchen Gaily to be my personal fave! I could have eaten even more than the two helpings I had.
Once I moved over to the sweet side, I gorged myself on even more pie selections and found myself completely and totally enamored with the gorgeous Limoncello Tart from Souffle Bombay. I had the good fortune to actually meet and chat with Colleen, the talented creator behind Souffle Bombay. Not only can she bake a mean pie, she’s oh so sweet and personable.
What did I bring to the table you may ask? These adorable little fresh strawberry and goat cheese hand pies were definitely a hit. They were cute and portable which is always a plus when you have a plateful of pie. No fork necessary!
I also baked a raspberry topped ricotta tart which I definitely want to recreate and post for you all but it just hasn’t happened yet. Hopefully some time soon!
As the feasting came to an end, we were rolled out of the GE Monogram Design Center and sent off with a bag of goodies from our ever so generous event sponsors. Wustof sent us home with an incredible paring knife, perfect for curved fruits and veggies. It really gets in there.While Analon sent us on our way with a heavy-duty carbon steel pie pan that I’m really loving! It’s high quality plus it has these nice wide rubber handles that make getting your pie safely in and out of the oven a breeze.
Kerrygold sent us home with a ton of butter which will never last long in this baker’s house. Dub Pies fed us until we were ready to pop at the even then sent us home with more of their pies. If you’ve never had the opportunity to give Dub Pies a try, trust me here folks. Make it happen! They do mail order and it’s worth every penny.
Oh! Have you seen that Jarlsberg now has minis?? I had no idea and boy was I thrilled when I saw those in my swag bag. They’re the perfect little afternoon snack. I find that I really like to nibble on them as I work. It’s also portion control which is good for me because I really have a hard time controlling myself around Jarlsberg cheese.
After Pie Party Potluck Live, I also received my new favorite kitchen tool. I’m not even kidding. I was shouting it from the rooftops (AKA: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) after the first time I used it. I am utterly in love with my new OXO Incredible Hull!! This little gadget has prongs that reach in to the leafy green top of your strawberry and with ever so slight of a twist you easily hull the strawberry. It’s so user-friendly, now Maddy and Molly can hull strawberries by themselves. THAT right there is a huge selling point for me! And they really love being able to do that task themselves. Once again, Pie Party Potluck Live was an amazing success and only makes me look forward to next year even more!
Phew! Told you I’ve been busy! That doesn’t even include the going-ons of this past week but I think that is enough for now. In the meantime, I hope you have a fabulous weekend. As always, you’ll find a recap of what’s been going on around Food Babbles lately.
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