I’ve been wanting to try this recipe for a while, and I finally got my chance! My parents were having a dinner party for 14 friends at their shore house, and I was down for the weekend and excited to help cook. First things first, my mom and I chatted about the menu.
When I am at my mom’s house down the shore, my cooking inspiration doesn’t come from outdoor farmers markets or fresh seafood shops. It’s more like this, “Bec, you have to make something with walnuts because I’ve had this bag of walnuts and I need to clear out room so that’s your job”. So basically, I cook to be an obedient child.
My students would sometimes ask me, in my opinion, what were the foods on the top of the “healthiest foods” list. Because I read a lot about nutrition, it seems there is always something new they are tauting or warning against (my husband always says, “who are ‘they’?”). Right now, if you haven’t already noticed, it’s get more vitamin D and eat less sodium. Anyways, with all this reading there are most definitely certain foods that pop up more than others. If I could name 5, I would say
You truly can’t beat an ice cream sandwich in the summer. You will find people who don’t like pie, cake, or candy, but you’d be hard pressed to find someone who doesn’t love this legendary treat. The old-school one with the cakey chocolate cookie is what I was going for here.
Food is love. When something major happens in a person’s life, the BEST thing you can do for them is to cook them a meal. It says, “I’m here for you, I’m thinking about you, and I know that sitting in your house talking about it might not be the best thing right now – here’s dinner”. This dish is easy, universally pleasing, and the perfect give away meal.
It’s hot. I like to treat days that are over 95 degrees as “rainy days” – I don’t make myself feel badly for staying put all day in our frosty little home.
Have you ever been to Cape May, NJ? It’s the best. Amazing restaurants, beautiful beaches, fun shops, and quaint horse and carriages all over the place. Fun fact, I was a horse and carriage driver and tour guide one summer. It’s true, and I still have the vest.