And so it begins, on a Saturday in Seattle.  A fall day so beautiful, so ruddy ripe, that it gives me a queer little ache somewhere just under my ribcage.  The sky is blue, blue, a thousand times blue.  The sun shines its slanty golden best, the leaves are turning, and the temperature is perfect–just right for a pair of comfy jeans and a t-shirt, but no socks yet; and while the need for a sweater lurks somewhere just around the corner, it’s not here yet, thank goodness, not today. 

I get a text from my friend Rob: “Are you writing today?  I’ll bring some crock-pot pot roast if you are.”

Rob and I have a long-standing Saturday afternoon appointment to write together in a coffee shop.  He arrives shortly after I do, and hands over a hefty container of food.

“It’s just a pot roast, with a lot of mushrooms, and some Dutch fingerling potatoes,” he says casually.  “I made more than I can eat.”  Oh the joys of single friends who cook!  And in spite of his offhand presentation, I know that anything he made will be simply delicious. 

I open my purse and dig out three warm, ripe tomatoes.  “Here, I picked these for you on my way out the door.”

And what more fitting beginning for this food blogging adventure?  Because after all, good food is about good ingredients, well-prepared and joyously shared.  And it’s also about context, and community, and friendship.

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6 thoughts on “Giddyup!

  1. Rob

    Woot, I’m famous now! A more formal description would be Slow-Cooked Sirloin Tip Pot Roast in Guinness with Crimini Mushrooms, Garlic, Rosemary, Thyme and Sweet Onions on a bed of Dutch Yellow Fingerling Potatoes. This is definitely one I’ll make again.


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