The gift of food (blog topics)

A very thoughtful person gave me a great gift. It was a big box of ingredients for meals and snacks. These are things I would probably never buy for myself, but that are definitely fun to have. There was also a cooler that contained a chicken, a cheese and some excellent bacon! Now that's a sweet present! And one of the best parts was that the giver specified it was for blogging purposes. So this is a gift that gives twice--first a gift of nice things to eat, and 2nd a gift of blog topics.

Here's a photo of the unrefrigerated stuff:

And the things we put right into the refrigerator & freezer. Notice that 1 of the two beers has somehow disappeared...


  • 1 local "young chicken"
  • 2 organic lemons
  • bottle of Shiraz
  • 2 beers (Dogfish Head Midas Touch--OMG my new total favourite)
  • 1 box fair trade organic green tea
  • fresh fettucine (dried)
  • vodka sauce
  • bowtie pasta
  • Indian potato dumplings
  • hearts of palm
  • crackers
  • gouda cheese
  • clam chowder
  • Sunday bacon
  • Aranciata soda

So here's the challenge--what would you make with these?

I'm already envisioning several meals, and at least one cocktail hour. Will post as I go.

What evolved:

Juicy Roast Chicken
Vodka Sauce Fettucine with Shrimp
Wine and cheese candles
Indian Cans
On bacon, not coffee.
Farfalloni with pesto
Midas Touch: Love, Love, Love It
White pizza with caramelized onions and hearts of palm
Rainy day clam chowder


Joie de vivre said...

Hmmm....I'd probably just be plain. Perhaps saute the bacon, add it to the vodka sauce and top the pasta with it. Shred some of the gouda cheese to go on top. I laughed at the idea of you standing at your neighbor's door with a mug of batter, "Could I borrow your microwave for just 3 minutes please?" Thanks for your comments on my blog.

"Prof. Kitty" said...

That pasta sounds good, and rich! I can tell with my "thrifty" streak I'll probably be stretching these gifts out to summer and beyond...

I'm going to start listing my posts that develop at the end of this first post, so everything is in one place. Just for the pleasure. (Thanks to for that organizational idea!)