I am so thrilled to share this week's Burning Down The Kitchen with you. I have a special treat and a special guest.
My life has been so hectic lately and I keep thinking about that book "If Life is a Bowl of Cherries, What am I doing in the Pits". My mom was such a huge Erma fan. I love her humour. I love her book. I love cherries.
So what do Erma and cherries have to do with today? Well today's special guest reminds me of the wise cracking, witty Erma. She is sharp as a tack, funny as hell and sweet with just a hint of tart. Anita from Hungry Couple was my willing victim this week and let me just say any time you work with her it's going to be a blast. You're also going to get responses that make your family think you're in the office watching bloopers on youtube cuz you burst out laughing with each new email. This woman makes me giggle and you all know I love a good giggle. Almost as much as I love cherries.
I met Anita through the now defunk Foodbuzz. Foodbuzz is how a lot of us food bloggers met. It used to be such a fun place to connect with other foodies. People like Anita. Now Foodbuzz has morphed into something else entirely and I don't use it any more. But my friendship with Anita is intact and for that I'm grateful to the site that introduced us.
When I think of Anita I think "queen of the cocktail". Don't get me wrong, that is not all she does. She whips up great desserts and meals too. But she's very known for her drinks. I always enjoy seeing what she has concocted. I can't drink due to my illness. It's my biggest trigger, to the point that I cannot touch alcohol at all. If I do I pay for it for days to come. But I love looking at gorgeous drinks and think there's something so sexy and seductive about a martini or daiquiri. I wish I could partake but it's just not in the cards for me.
I went around and around Anita's site looking for a dessert recipe. She has so many amazing treats on her site I could not decide which one to make. I was going to make her Lushest Creamist Cheesecake Ever, then I eyed her Chocolate Chip Scones, then moved on to her Flourless Cake, then almost settled on her Orange Cranberry Bread, then almost dove into her Chocolate and Peanut Butter Crunch Cake. Then it occurred to me that I should be a grown up and make one of her meal recipes. I fell in love with her Wheatberry, Wild Rice and Butternut Squash, and then got sidetracked by her Shepherd's Pie until I saw her Most Tender Meatballs Ever before I moved on to Pasta with Sweet Italian Sausage then flipped out over her Veggie Lasagna Roll Ups. Then I realized I should just be a serious grown up and make a cocktail. Minus the alcohol cuz I have a sissy tummy. I kept going back to her Key Lime Daiquiri. The drink just looks all kinds of refreshing. I like lime, it's fab with so many other things. One of those things is cherry. I'd made a Shirley Temple before and then the idea of sort of combining the daiquiri and Shirley Temple came to mind. Then I googled cherry daiquiri cuz I wasn't sure if they existed. They do and I was sort of mesmerized, er, stunned, er, horrified, that there are people named Cherry Daiquiri on twitter and facebook. But let's not go there. The visions still haunt me at night. Let's just say cherry daiquiri's exist and are drinks and not strippers. Yah, that's right. Just drinks.
Okay so that's how I came about deciding what to make. But you're all here to read silly Q & A with Anita, so let's do that first then we'll get to the stripper drink recipe after the interview.
Rapidfire Q & A with Anita of Hungry Couple:
Anita and Hadley on Cape Cod!
I always tell my interviewee’s that if there’s a question that doesn’t make sense for them to let me know and we can replace it with another. I had asked Anita something that didn’t really apply to her. So since we have a jokey sort of friendship this is what I sent her to replace it:
- 4 oz cherry juice (any kind)
- 8 oz sprite
- 1 oz maraschino cherry syrup
- 2 oz grenadine
- 2 to 4 tablespoons powdered sugar
- 4 cups ice
- maraschino cherries
- Pour everything into your blender and mix it up.
- Pulse until the ice breaks up.
- Pour into a pitcher or glasses.
- Serve with a big old cherry smile!
Thank you so much to Anita for allowing me to the pleasure of torturing her this week. It was so much fun to get inside your head a little bit. There’s nothing quite like getting to know your fave bloggers on such a personal, silly level. I enjoy the heck out of this series. It’s people like you who keep me inspired.
A quick note to the readers:
I apologize for any wonkiness with this post. This one seems to be giving me a run for my money with formatting. I've posted it intact but it needs tweaking when I'm calm and don't want to throw my laptop against a wall. Sometimes these interview posts get off kilter while cutting and copying info. I'll tweak the post tomorrow so it looks normal.