A miniature offset spatula; it stirs my coffee, flips fish/meat/pancakes, un-sticks things that are stuck, and otherwise provides a heat-proof extension of my finger.
On my days off, I'm either playing golf or trail running in the Marin hills. Or traveling. I travel a lot~
I like events that are big enough to bring about the feeling of community, but keep an intimacy about them. While it depends on the group, the magic number for guest experience (and mine) seems to be around 15.
I love that people are so happy when they eat good food. People smiling and sharing together is a great thing to be a part of - and I hope they take those feelings with them when they leave the table.
It changes; currently, I'd say it's variations on a pistachio cake. I fell in love with it a couple months ago and have done several different incarnations of it over a few parties.
Previously, it was probably slow-roasted halibut with herb butter sauce. Could NOT get enough~
One of them was a "snack" with some friends in France: a lobe of seared foie gras with apple compote, a late-harvest Gewurztraminer (from a friend's vineyard), and mini goat cheese medallions - and a baguette. I teared up eating it.
The miniature, off-set (silicon) spatula. It does anything...and it doesn't melt.
...mostly as a language. We generally "are" what we eat and express other realities during a meal time--and usually great ones! Humans are happiest when we eat, and remembering that reminds me of the honor and privilege in what I do for others: Take a human need (eating), and turn it into the most sought-after experience on the planet- contentment, however fleeting it may be.
My wife calls me a "tolerable know-it-all", because I'm driven to always know more about food culture. I have a Jeopardy-like food trivia, and have been known to do historical research during my menu planning to get the history of a dish, spice, animal, or country of origin. I like to find moments to punctuate serving dinner with some fun facts about what we're eating. I actually think it makes the food tastes better~
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