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When Cooks Get Together-An End Of Summer Potluck Part II

The spread

The spread

Yesterday some wonderful cooks all converged at my home in Brooklyn for a Potluck. What made this so wonderful, besides the food, was that everyone is an accomplished cook and we all met initially on food websites (food52) through our blogs and also through Mealku my newest and most exciting food activity.

My friend Cristina and I worked together to organize the potluck, it’s not the first and certainly won’t be the last. Our little group (that is growing) is amazing.  We have a scientist, a locavore, an artist, all women of different and very interesting backgrounds that all have one thing in common, we love to cook and we LOVE food.  If it were not for the food websites like food52 none of us would have met most likely, and that in and of itself is amazing.

A potluck is a wonderful thing, everyone brings a dish of their choosing (usually more than one dish) and the selection of foods is as varied as the group of cooks and many of the dishes reflect the cooks ethnic background.

It was a a fantastic day, beautiful weather and the selection of food was beautiful as well as totally delicious. From Indian Khaman to a sweet potato and goat cheese salad to pulled pork sliders to chicken leg confit and many more. Then there was the dessert table:

Blueberry Pie photo by Cristina

Blueberry Pie photo by Cristina

Cake photo by Cristina

Marcona Almond Cake photo by Cristina

Aleksandra's chocolate bites photo by Cristina

Aleksandra’s chocolate bites photo by Cristina

Banana fudge ice cream by Cristina (photo too)

Banana fudge ice cream by Cristina (photo too)

We are already planning our next potluck (actually 2 more in the works,  we all plan on going on a tour of Long Island Wineries concentrating on the South Fork, we hope to rent a vacation house for a few days, visit the wineries and cook together, doesn’t that sound like fun?

The second potluck party is exciting also, Karen who is with Mealku offered us the use of their beautiful space in Tribeca to host a tasting, that sounds incredible also!!!

I made Panzanella and promised to post the recipe so here it is, please note I am not giving amounts because you don’t have to be exact, it’s a salad, but here is the list of ingredients:

Garden fresh tomatoes (assorted heirloom)

Cucumber (I used kirby)

flat leaf parsley

scallions

fresh basil (I used 8 leaves)

bufala mozzerella

salt, pepper, red wine vinegar and good olive oil

Ciabatta bread (preferably day old)

olive oil

garlic

Parmigiano reggiano

Make bread cubes

Cut ciabatta in half, slice garlic and place in mortar, add a little sea salt and crush the garlic. Scrape into a bowl and add some olive oil. Let sit for at least 15 minutes. Brush the garlic infused olive oil on the bread, cut into cubes and grate some parmigiana on the bread place in a pre heated 350 degree oven for approximately 30 minutes or until bread is crisp and toasted. Remove and let cool.

The Salad

Chop the tomatoes and add to a large bowl, add chopped cucumbers, sliced scallions, chopped parsley and torn basil. Season with salt and pepper and splash on some red wine vinegar and a good glugg of olive oil. Let sit for about 30 minutes so the tomatoes yield their juices. Add the mozzarella and bread cubes before serving, toss together.

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  1. What a wonderful afternoon you guys had! Sorry I missed it… was there in spirit! ❤

    August 12, 2013
  2. It sounds like you had a great time! 🙂

    August 12, 2013
    • We really did Francesca, it was fun with good company and food. Thank you very much.

      August 12, 2013
  3. Potluck with wonderful cooks! I was thinking about your potluck all weekend! 😀 )))

    August 12, 2013
    • I love potlucks, so much fun. Hope you have one and would love to see it on your blog!!

      August 12, 2013
      • Oh my gosh, can you imagine if Fae graced one of these potlucks? I would die! From happiness!

        August 13, 2013
  4. Sounds like my sort of afternoon! And all that food…I do love clearing up and nibbling all at the same time 🙂

    August 12, 2013
    • It was a great day had a blast!! Yes nibbling is the best, still nibbling today!!

      August 12, 2013
  5. PSsquared #

    My potluck experiences have never been that awesome. 🙂 How fun!

    August 12, 2013
    • It was fun, prior to these potlucks mine hadn’t been great either. Thank you!

      August 12, 2013
  6. Thank you for sharing the turn out! Sounds amazing! What I wouldn’t give to be there. And sounds like you all have some fun times planned in the near future too. Look forward to hearing about it.

    August 12, 2013
  7. That sound like such fun and I can just imagine how well you ate!

    August 13, 2013
    • We certainly did, Hugo would have had a ball with all that food, the pugs were agitated because they couldn’t have any!!

      August 13, 2013
      • Oh poor pugs – imagine the frustration for them. Mind you, at least they wait until you serve them; Hugo would have ‘served’ himself no doubt!

        August 13, 2013
  8. It sounds glorious! Love the photos. So cute that food brought you all together – what an interesting mix of people food bloggers are!

    August 13, 2013
  9. What fun! And the food looks lovely too!

    August 13, 2013
  10. What a spread, sounds like fun! Panzanella was my weekly Saturday lunch with my kids this summer– so easy and so summery.

    August 13, 2013
    • I could eat it every day in the summer!! It was a great assortment of food and desserts. We ate a lot and enjoyed every bite. Thanks so much.

      August 13, 2013
  11. How cool! I love potlucks, especially with highly talented chefs like yourselves! What a blast! The panzanella sounds amazing! xoxo

    August 13, 2013
    • Thank you so much, it was fun and everyone out did themselves with the dishes they brought. It was amazing.

      August 13, 2013
  12. Sounds like a wonderful get-together! I would love to do that with fellow bloggers, cooks, etc. The food all looks good. Your salad sounds like a hit. I could go for that right now!

    August 13, 2013
    • Thanks Suzie, yes the salad was good, so fresh, the tomatoes and other stuff from the farmers market was so good. I love summer produce!!

      August 13, 2013
  13. The food looks and sounds amazing, I wish I could reach into the internet and have a scoop of the banana fudge ice cream. I am glad you had a good time. 😉

    August 13, 2013
    • That ice cream was amazing. Well, everything was really. A gathering of great cooks makes for some really wonderful food for sure! Thank you.

      August 13, 2013
  14. Why don’t I love closer to you? This looks like SO much fun. I would love to do something like this, but sadly, amongst my real-life friends, I’m the only one who does much cooking 😦

    August 13, 2013
    • I know right??? wish you did live close. Thanks it was great fun and great food.

      August 13, 2013
  15. What a fantastic sounding potluck!! And your Panzanella sounds wonderful and perfect for summer!
    Kenley

    August 13, 2013
    • Thanks Kenley, love getting together with friends and when good food is involved it’s even better.

      August 13, 2013
  16. How fun is that! What a great idea! There are so many blogging friends I would love to have a potluck with! The photos were lovely and the food looked amazing – your salad sounds wonderful. So glad to be catching up on my favorite blogs – I can’t wait to read more about what you’ve been up to!

    August 13, 2013
    • Thanks Danielle, it was great and potlucks are nice because everyone shares in the cooking. Easier to relax and enjoy the company.

      August 13, 2013
  17. You guys really outdid yourselves!! My friends and I used to perform monthly cook-offs which led to me trying several new foods. It was nice to expand our horizons together while catching up over amazing dishes. Keep up the good work 🙂 Looks very tasty!

    August 13, 2013
  18. I thought the last potluck was fun but this was one stiff competition for the last and truly a splendid feast in every way – and such a warm and spirited gathering. I really really wish all of us food bloggers who visit each other’s blogs could have participated, that’d be a blast.

    I’d never had panzanella and I know I said it before but have to say it again that your panzanella was really divine – just amazing. Let’s put it this way, it’s knocked off salad shirazi as my favorite salad and that’s saying a lot. Your tomatoes almost stole the show though. Natural gorgeous beauties. Loved the whole thing and so lucky to be included.

    August 13, 2013
    • So glad you were able to come and that you are my neighbor. I am so thrilled that you liked the salad, it’s one of my favorites and to knock shirazi down a notch is saying something. Thank you!

      August 14, 2013
  19. What a fun idea! Looks like this get together was great and full of yummy food! 🙂

    August 13, 2013
  20. I love a good potluck. Next time invite me!

    August 14, 2013
  21. What fun!! Your salad sounds great as well!! I adore bread salads!

    August 15, 2013
    • Me too, I have eaten bread salads from when I was a little girl. They have always been my favorite. I remember my Mom just using red wine vinegar and olive oil, so delicious. Thanks so much.

      August 15, 2013
  22. And can I get invited too? Are you with The Daily Meal?

    August 15, 2013
    • Of course, we would love to have you. I don’t know what the daily meal is, will have to look that up. Thanks so much.

      August 15, 2013
  23. Wow, all that food looks delicious! What a fantastic thing that you all met online! I love your table too by the way. Seriously, that almond cake looks amazing!!!

    August 16, 2013
    • Thanks Brandi, it was all delicious and yes, it’s amazing we all met online. It’s funny we had conversation online and when we actually met face to face it was like we already knew each other. Catherine’s almond cake was amazing!!

      August 16, 2013
  24. Yum! Everything looks so good! We just had panzanella in Victoria, Canada! 😉 Wish I lived closer so I could join you in your potlucks!

    August 16, 2013
    • Wish you lived closer also! Thank you so much, panzanella is my favorite!!

      August 17, 2013
  25. What a great (and yummy!) get together! 🙂

    August 17, 2013
  26. How fantastic! I want to move to Brooklyn now :-). What a wonderful way to meet people, and make new friends. I just love this and love the future plans you’re all making together. It all sounds just fabulous. I sure hope we meet some day too 🙂

    August 17, 2013
    • Oh Susan, wouldn’t that be fun!!! We love hanging out together and I would love it so much if we would meet some day soon. Thank you.

      August 17, 2013
  27. Love potlucks! and this looked like a great one! All that food and time to sit and talk over the table…

    August 18, 2013
  28. Liz #

    foodie potlucks are THE BEST. Looks like a feast–is your panzanella front and center in your first photo? Love that you all have such varied careers by share a passion for food. What an amazing group and also a testament to the power of food in bringing folks together. Thank you for sharing your experience 🙂

    August 19, 2013
    • They really are, love food centric events like this. We all have so much in common, varied backgrounds and ages but one common thread!! Thank you!

      August 19, 2013
  29. Oh this looked like it was so much fun! I’d love to be a part of community events and meet other bloggers. Also, I’m from NY too; just a skip and hop away from Bk. Will you be hosting another event/potluck again in the near future?

    August 19, 2013
    • It really was fun, you live in NY, thats great. I will email you at the email address listed here and would love to add you to our list. How exciting!!

      August 19, 2013
      • Aw thanks so much! Made my day. I just met another fellow food blogger from NY about 2 weeks ago and meeting another this Friday. I wonder if they know about this too (hmm?). Lol And I see that you write/create recipes for Food52, that’s awesome!

        August 19, 2013
      • Oh wow, that sounds great, other food bloggers are welcome if you want to tell them about this. I just emailed you! Yes, I have been active on food52 a little over 2 years. It’s fun and a great website.

        August 19, 2013
  30. Naw, I wish I could’ve been there! What an amazing spread! I want to get connected with the bloggers in my local area too. Hm, I might have to put the call out and see if I can get organised. Yum! x

    August 20, 2013
    • Oh you really should, it’s so much fun and I’ve met some great people and very talented cooks. It’s fun!!

      August 20, 2013
  31. Looks really tasty! Am glad i passed by! 🙂

    August 28, 2013
  32. Suzanne, I finally got to making your panzanella. I missed it since the gathering.

    September 13, 2013
    • Hi Aleksandra, thank you. I have made it several more times it’s such a great summer salad. Thanks so much.

      September 13, 2013
  33. Thank you and that bread pudding was amazing!!!

    August 18, 2013

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