Sunday, September 25, 2011

Food and Friendship

Thank you Mom About the Town for inviting me to guest post! My name's Gina, the author of the blog Gina-DearGina - a blog about everything. A blog about anything. It can be quilting, grandbabies, grief, goodness, and everything in between. It's just me, unplugged.

Today's random (and very important) topic is about the combination of food and friendship.

If any of you Mom’s out there have never been part of a Girls Night Out (GNO) group, I strongly urge you to find one and scoot on in, take your place! Be it Bunko, Scrapping, Stitching, Quilting, Cooking, or a trip out to storm a theatre together, it’s a therapeutic must.

Teams of shrinks pale in comparison to what a group of your Besties can accomplish one night a week. Nurturing these Besties may cost you as much, but the return on your investment is far greater, in my humble opinion. Lets call it a once a week spiritual lift. No Botox needed.

Every wise hubby also knows the importance of these necessary occasions. Besides, a night out with the Besties means that the hubby is off the hook for important questions in life like, “Do you think I’ve gained a few pounds?”

I know that on one designated night a week I can hurl these kinds of questions to my Besties and get an honest guilt free answer! And let's face it, Hubs secretly need their own guilt free night for scratching, grunting, football-ing or whatever it is that they do.

All that is needed to have a great time on a GNO is a goodie or two! I know you thought I’d say a smile right? Nope. Sometimes, we just aren’t wearing one. Although likely by evenings end, you will be! At least that's been true for me. But no matter if the evening will be nursing fears or giving cheers, a little tasty treat always starts the night off on a good note! My name is Gina and I’m a snacker.

Oh, and one of my favorite snacks to be had is most definitely Bruschetta. Bruschetta and a glass of wine. Don’t forget the music either. And the wine. And the Bruschetta. All very valuable components to a great GNO.

And speaking of Tasty Bruschetta, here is one of my favorite recipes for the yummy goodness!

Arrabiata Bruschetta

The necessities:
8 ripe plum tomatoes, seeded and diced
1 tbsp finely minced garlic
1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh Italian parsley
1 tbsp fresh lemon juice ( ½ of a lemon)
1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
1 tsp finely minced fresh oregano
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
2 baguettes, cut in 1/2-inch-thick slices
6 cloves garlic, cut in half

In a bowl, mix all ingredients except bread and whole garlic cloves. Add salt and pepper to taste. Set aside, unrefrigerated, 3 hours.

Heat oven to 350°F. Toast bread on a baking sheet. Just a bit golden.

While HOT, rub cut side of garlic on each slice generously; top with tomato mixture.

Place artistically on some fancy dish or squish as many as you can on a dixie plate - either way - get it out to the Besties and watch them smile. And eat. And lick their fingers. And enjoy.

Besties and Bruschetta - that, my friends, is what life is all about.

Oh, and the kids. They are pretty darn cool too.

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